The church of Christ

The word church is an English translation of a Greek word meaning "assembly." Jesus promised that He would "build" a church Matthew 16:18.
He did not say that He would build more than one.

You can join many churches built by men. No one ever joined the church that Jesus built. God himself adds everyone who is saved to the church.

Acts 2:47

And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

This shows that men have no right to set or change the entrance qualifications for the church: God adds everyone who is saved. It also shows that you cannot be saved without being a part of the church.

The church is synonymous with:

Members of the church are in

There are many other names for the church in the Bible. The Bible forbids the taking of human names for the church. It is to be called after the name of the One who died for it. I Corinthians 1:10-13

Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree, and there be no divisions among you, but you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe's people, that there are quarrels among you. Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, "I am of Paul," and "I of Apollos," and "I of Cephas," and "I of Christ." Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

Members of the church are to glorify God in the name "Christian."

I Peter 4:16

but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God.

David Blackstone

Published in The Old Paths Archive (http://www.oldpaths.com)