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Seeking the Family of God

  1. Am I In Christ?
    7 Digging Deeper
  2. What is the Kingdom of God?
    3 Digging Deeper
  3. What is the Church?
    5 Digging Deeper
  4. Why Are There So Many Different Christian Religions?
    6 Digging Deeper
  5. How Can I Know the Will of God?
    4 Digging Deeper
  6. How Do I Pray?
    5 Digging Deeper
  7. What is Worship?
    6 Digging Deeper
  8. What is the Significance of the Lord’s Supper?
    5 Digging Deeper
  9. How Do I Become Like Christ?
    6 Digging Deeper
  10. What if there is no New Testament Church Near Me?
    5 Digging Deeper
Lesson 10, Digging Deeper 5
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How is it that the Lord’s church can exist under any government or within any culture?

Jesus Christ has all authority in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18). He is the universal Lord to whom “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that he is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11-12). His gospel is the power of God to save every person everywhere who believes in him (Romans 1:16-17). “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13). God’s church knows no social, ethnic, geographical, racial, political or national boundaries. “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all” (Colossians 3:11). As Paul explained,

in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. (Galatians 3:26-29)

The promise to Abraham was that “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:4). God’s kingdom stands forever through all ages of time and in eternity Daniel 2:44). God receives “glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever” (Ephesians 3:21).

The church is the spiritual body of Christ which the “gates of hell will not prevail against” (Matthew 16:19). Since the time of the apostles of Jesus, the church of Christ has been alive and in existence for two thousand years. The church exists today wherever the gospel of Jesus is preached and obeyed as it was on that historic first day when three thousand gladly received the word and were baptized (Acts 2). The church will be here when Jesus returns to resurrect the dead and judge the world. It is our responsibility to be faithful to God and make disciples in the way that past generations were faithful to God and made disciples. They kept the faith and passed it to us. Now, it is our turn to keep the faith and pass it to others.