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Lesson 19

The Members Of The Church Of Christ

1 The church of Christ is comprised with all believers who have been baptized by the Great Commission Baptism. Paul says, "For by one Spirit are we all ___________ into ______ body (the church) ..." (1 Cor. 12:13). "For as we (Christians) have many ___________ in one _______, and all ___________ have not the same office: So we, being many, are one _______ in Christ, and every one ___________ of one another" (Rom. 12:4-5).

2. Jesus says, "If ye continue in my _______, then are ye my ___________ indeed" (John 8:31). Accordingly, those who have not submitted to Christ's baptism are not members of the church, nor Christians (1 Cor. 12:13; Luke 6:46). Only those who obey Christ's Gospel are Christians (2 Thess. 2:13-14).

3. The members of the church of Christ are called Christians. "...And the disciples were called ______________ first in Antioch" (Acts 11:26). The name Christian bears the name of Christ and indicates one's loyalty and submission to Him. "Yet if any man suffer as a _____________, let him not be ashamed; but let him ___________ God on this behalf" (1 Peter 4:16).

4. The members of the church of Christ are called disciples. "And in those days, when the number of the _________ was multiplied..." (Acts 6:1). The name "disciple" indicates one's discipleship in following Jesus' teaching. He is a learner.

5. The members of the church of Christ are called "saints", "the called of Jesus Christ" and "the beloved of God". "Among whom are ye also the ___________ of Jesus Christ: To all that be in Rome, ____________ of God, called to be ____________" (Rom. 1:6-7). The name "saint" refers to their being separated from the world in moral and spiritual holiness (1 Pet. 1:15-16). To be "the called of Jesus Christ" means they are called out from the world of sin, into the service of God, by Jesus Christ, through the Gospel (2 Thess. 2:13-14; 2 Tim. 2:21). And, "the beloved of God" refers to their spiritual relationship with God, that they are His spiritual children through the Gospel (Gal. 3:26-27; Eph. 1:5).

6. Paul told the Corinthian Christians, saying, "For ye (Christians) are bought with a price: therefore ___________ God in your body, and in the spirit, which are _________" (1 Cor. 6:20). Christians are redeemed by the blood of Jesus and belong to God. They therefore ought to glorify God for His love and mercy.

Conclusion: Believers in Christ must not only bear the name Christians, they also must live a Christian life as God has decreed (Rom. 6:3-5, 10-14).



Author: Howard Cheung

Updated July 1, 1999