Is it really possible to be "just a Christian"?
The simple answer is: Yes! Christ established His church nearly 2000 years ago (Matthew 16:18), and has controlled entry into it ever since (Acts 2:47). In Luke the 8th chapter, Christ related a parable--the "parable of the sower". When His disciples asked Him to explain it, the first thing He pointed out was "The seed is the word of God" (Luke 8:11), and the ground the "hearts of men" (v. 15). Later, the apostle Paul sowed that seed throughout the known world (Colossians 1:5-6, 23). As a result of that "seed" taking root, he was later able to send the greeting"The churches of Christ salute you" (Romans 16:16).
Congregations of Christ's church still exist anywhere and anytime that same seed, God's word, is planted in the hearts of men. Seed always produces the same fruit, regardless of where it is sown, or when, or by whom. If the seed is the same, so is the crop! Mix in other seed (teachings of men) and the crop is ruined. But if you keep the seed pure, teaching and practicing all the Bible, but only the Bible (Revelation 22:18-19), the produce is pure--and predictable: Congregations of that same church established so long ago.
Today, churches of Christ still send the greeting into the world, "The churches of Christ salute you" (Romans 16:16). Come and see New Testament Christianity in action! You'll find it simple in form (II Corinthians 11:3) and pure in motive (James 3:17).
We hope to see you soon!
Maplewood church of Christ
AND THE LORD ADDED...
REJOICE WITH US at the baptism of Dakota Anderson Saturday May 20. Dakota's father William was privileged to administer his immersion. Encourage Dakota as he begins his Christian walk.
We use both the Old Testament and the Gospels as the foundation for our faith and the inspiration for our daily lives. We put those teachings into practice at home and at work.