INTRODUCTION: THERE ARE SEVERAL HUNDRED DIFFERENT CHURCHES IN EXISTENCE IN AMERICA THAT CLAIM TO BE “CHRISTIAN.” THEY ALL CLAIM TO BE THE CHURCH THAT JESUS BUILT, OR AT LEAST A PART OF IT. MANY PRAISE THIS DIVISION. BUT THE BIBLE SAYS THAT DIVISION IS WRONG. WE NEED TO GO BACK TO THE BIBLE AND SEE WHAT IT TELLS US ABOUT THE CHURCH.
I. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THE CHURCH IS NOT A DENOMINATION.
A. Many believe that there is nothing wrong with denominationalism.
1. They think that there are many parts of the one “mystical church”
2. But there is no support from the word of God for this “mystical church.”
B. The Bible clearly states that there is only ONE CHURCH.
1. Jesus promised to build only One Church.
a. Matthew 16:16-18
2. Ephesians 4:4-“There is one body…”
3. What is the one body?
a. Ephesians 1:22-23
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