Come and See
By Garland Elkins
The above statement, “COME AND SEE” (John. 1:39), was made by our Lord in response to a question directed to him by two of John’s disciples. The two accepted the Lord’s invitation to “Come and see” and as a result they left John to follow Jesus! The church of Christ in this community urges you to “Come and see” whether or not this congregation is identical to the “churches of Christ” (Romans 16:16) of Paul’s day in name, membership, worship, unity, organization, practice and mission. Following the New Testament completely is that
which makes the true church of Christ.
The Lord added the saved to the church that Christ built. (Acts 2:38-41, 47) There was no other church in existence. The same process of obedience that saved them caused the Lord to add them to His church. (Acts 2:47) Not until hundreds of years later was there a single denomination for one to join! Now there are hundreds of man-made churches but there is no reason to join any of them! Why not be just a Christian? A member of the Lord’s church? (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47; Romans 16:16; Acts 26:28; I Peter 4:16).
The church of Christ was founded by Christ
Christ promised to build but one church, when he said: “AND I SAY ALSO UNTO THEE, THAT THOU ART PETER, AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT.” (Matthew 16:18)
Paul tells us that Christ died for but one church: “HUSBANDS, LOVE YOUR WIVES, EVEN AS CHRIST ALSO LOVED THE CHURCH, AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR IT;” (Ephesians 5:25) The words “the church” mean but one. The pronoun “it” can refer to but one. So Christ loved one church; he died for one church; he built one church. Therefore he is the owner of but one church. The plural form “churches” is never used in the New Testament except in reference to a number of local congregations in a certain section of the country, as “THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST SALUTE YOU.” (Romans 16:16) “THE CHURCHES OF JUDEA.” (Galatians 1:22)