The One True Church
Are you interested in learning what the one true church actually is? In recent times, the Roman Catholic church proclaimed, from their headquarters in Rome, Italy, that all other faiths are false and the members of those faiths will not be saved. Normally, that would bother a lot of folks, but in our day and age, hardly anyone noticed. There is a general sense of apathy when it comes to determining what God has said concerning His church.
Most people attend the church of their choice. Few will attend the church of God's choice. Why? Because most people do not care to be right, or they have been taught that it does not matter what one believes, teaches, or practices in religion.
Well, my friend, the Bible is God's word and the Bible teaches otherwise. If anyone believes the Bible to be free from error and confusion, and feel that they can trust the God of heaven to give us commandments that will result in our overall good interest, you certainly need to participate in this study.
There are many sincere people who just do not know the difference among the various religions and faiths. I observe, as do many others, that there are many faiths in the world, but the Bible only teaches ONE FAITH. In the hopes that others are interested in the one true faith, and the home of that faith, THE ONE TRUE CHURCH, this study is provided. I do not believe that the Catholic Church is the One True Church today. It may have originated from the roots of the true church, but they have long since lost their identity because they have failed to respect God and His teachings.
So please, pick up your bible and be prepared to make notes and observations. Be prepared to allow God to speak to you and believe that God will not mislead anyone. 2 Peter 3:9 teaches "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance".
Please always enter Bible Study with a prayer. Ask God to give you guidance and enlightenment. Ask God to reveal His truth, and pray that you will be honest enough in your heart to accept what God says. Pray for wisdom (James 1:5) so that you may be able to distinguish the truth from error and false doctrine. Pray that you will not be decieved (Galatians 6:7) by the craftiness of men, but will place your trust only in God and His word. For some examples of good prayers, read the Psalms. See if you can capture the essense and attitude of the psalmist in your own prayers.
May God bless you as you study His word.
How To Determine The One True Church
Many will teach that one church is just as good as another. But, when they make that statement, they are contradicting God. God teaches in His word, that there is only ONE TRUE CHURCH (Ephesians 4:3, Colossians 1:18).
The following pages and links will take us to an examination for ourselves to learn what the truth actually is concerning the ONE TRUE CHURCH of God.
Are you willing to see the truth? 2 Corinthians 13:5 begins with the admonition and command; "Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!...."
Did JESUS establish your church? Who is the founder of the ONE TRUE CHURCH?
Who or what is the foundation of your faith or belief. Upon whom was your church established? What is the foundation of the ONE TRUE CHURCH?
When and where did your church begin? What is the origin of the ONE TRUE CHURCH?
Is your church mentioned by the apostlic writers? What are some names and designations of the ONE TRUE CHURCH?
What are the qualifications for membership in your church? Find out what was required for membership in the ONE TRUE CHURCH.
Does your church worship God the right way? What does the Bible teach about worship in the ONE TRUE CHURCH?
What are the ministries and works of your church? Find out what the work of the ONE TRUE CHURCH actually is.
What doctrines are taught by your church? What is the doctrine of the ONE TRUE CHURCH?
How is your church organized? Are your churches autonomous (stand alone on their own without authoritative links to other congregations)? Does your church belong to a council of churches or a convention? Find out what the organization of the ONE TRUE CHURCH actually is.
Everyone talks about the grace of God, but did you know that God's grace is different than most people teach? Does your church look to heaven for guidance and doctrine? Does your membership vote on what you will believe? Let us see what the grace of the ONE TRUE CHURCH is.
Everyone wants to go to heaven when they die. But who does the Bible teach will actually get to go there? What is the eternal destiny of the ONE TRUE CHURCH?
Is your church a denomination? Or possibly you are involved in an inter-denomination or non-denominational type of church. What is the unity of the ONE TRUE CHURCH?
What is the scope of your church? Is it selective or universal? Does it allow all of every color and background? Is your church timeless? Let us see the universality of the ONE TRUE CHURCH
What is the bottom line message that your church preaches? What do you defend as your doctrine? Learn what the message of the ONE TRUE CHURCH actually is.
Who makes the rules for your church? Do you have a rules committee? Do you attend a convention? Does your membership vote on matters of faith and opinion? Let us look at the government of the ONE TRUE CHURCH.
Is your church devoted to the word of God and in following the example of Christ? If you are not a member of the ONE TRUE CHURCH, the answer is no.
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