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5 MIKE MAZZALONGO What Makes the Church of Christ Unique? – Part 1
Rules RESPECT + PATIENCE BIBLE = PERSONAL WORK
QUESTION What’s the difference between the Church of Christ and _____ ?
ANSWER We are consciously striving to be a New Testament church and they are not.
What is a New Testament Church? A. Theological B. Historical
What is a New Testament Church? A. Our approach to theology is different than others in two ways: 1. We believe that the Bible is completely inspired by God.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; - II Timothy 3: 16
Other Churches Believe: • R. C. – Pope + tradition have equal authority • Protestants – Bible is partly inspired • Evangelical – Bible is inspired (mostly) • Sects – Equal authority to their leaders
Different beliefs about the inspiration and authority of the Bible produce different teachings and practices. (Homosexuality, use of instruments in worship, church organization, etc. )
Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar. - Proverbs 30: 6
Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other. - I Corinthians 4: 6
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. 18 - Revelation 22: 18 -19
The Churches of Christ believe that the entire Bible is inspired and is the final authority for Christian teaching, morality, worship, church organization and function as well as personal spiritual development.
Theological Differences 1. Complete inspiration of the Bible 2. Interpretation and application of the Bible
Theological Differences • R. C. – Bible + Pope + Tradition • Protestants – Bible + Many Teachers + Conventions/Synods/Committees • Evangelical – Bible + Subjective Application • Sects – Bible + Founders’ Teachings • Church of Christ – Bible + Pattern Theology
Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. - II Timothy 1: 13
Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. - Jude 3
Pattern Theology • The Bible contains all the “patterns” necessary to produce authentic, biblical spiritual life and organization (i. e. church)
Pattern Theology Q: What is the New Testament pattern for the public worship? A: Sing without musical instruments - I Corinthians 14: 15 - Ephesians 5: 19 - Colossians 3: 16 - James 5: 13
KJV = 181, 253 Words
Churches of Christ are dedicated to being New Testament churches described in the Bible and use pattern theology in order to reach this goal.