June 10 , 2001
Volume 11, Number 23

Where is Salvation

When our Lord came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he questioned his disciples as to what people were saying about his identity. Having received the answer, he then asked his disciples "who do you say that I am?" It was Peter who answered that he was the Christ, the Son of the Living God. After Jesus blessed Peter for making the statement about his Sonship to God, Jesus said, "upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it."

Among the things that stand out in this sentence are:

As we move forward to the second chapter of Acts, it is the day of Pentecost. Jesus had been crucified about 53 days earlier. Peter and the other disciples stood up and preached to the people about the crucified Jesus. Peter said, "Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). The people were cut to the heart with the message of Jesus and responded immediately: "Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them" (Acts 2:41). Then, the narrative concludes by saying "...And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved" (Acts 2:47).

It is of great significance that here, for the first time in all the scriptures, it is said that people were ushered into the church. The reason is obvious; on that day, the first Pentecost following the resurrection, the church of our Lord came into existence.

This institution, the church, from this time forward was intended by our Lord to be the realm of those who are saved. The same conditions on which salvation is obtained are the same conditions by which one is added to the church (Acts 2:38-47). One does not obtain salvation without being added to the church. One is not added to the church without first being saved. In Col.1:13-14, Paul said, "He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of his love. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins." Paul clearly tells us in Eph.1:22-23 that the church is Christ's body, "...to the church, which is his body." Since forgiveness of sins is only in the body of Christ; and since the body of Christ is the church, it follows that forgiveness of sins is only in the church.

One might ask, "which church?" We might counter by asking "Which Lord should we acknowledge" To which Savior shall we confess our allegiance?" If the answer to these questions is that there is but one Lord, and there is therefore no choice to be exercised, we answer that this is exactly so. The same passage of scripture which teaches us that there is but one Lord, teaches us clearly that there is one New Testament church. The passage is Eph. 4:4-6: "There is ONE BODY, and one spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."

What is the "ONE BODY?" We learned in Eph. 1:22-23 that the church is the body of Christ. There is but one Lord and there is but one body. since the one body is the church, it follows that there is but one New Testament Church. It is just as reasonable to speak of the plurality of Jesus Christ as to speak of a multiplicity of churches . The church is the body of baptized believers over which Christ rules and reigns as head, who is attempting to live in obedience to his will.

The popular view that one "gets saved" and then joins the church of his choice is a concept that is neither taught or even hinted at in all of the scriptures.

B. Ven McCoy

Sympathy Note

We extend our deepest sympathy to sister Betty Douglas and family at the passing of her mother this past week. Burial and Services will be held in Tennessee.

Church Directory

A draft copy of the new church directory is in the foyer.

Please check your information and initial if correct.

If you need to have your picture taken (or retaken) please see Ted after services.

For Our Youth

Weeki Wachee Christian Camp
June 10-16, 2001
Weeki Wachee, FL

Central Florida Bible Camp
July 22-28, 2001
Eustis, FL

See Ted or Renee for more information.

Annual Bible Reading Program

This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 10th: ... Romans 15:1-13, ... 1 Samuel 27-28, ... Psalm 70
Monday, 11th: ... Romans 15:14-33, ... 1 Samuel 29-31, ... Psalm 71
Tuesday, 12th: ... Romans 16, ... 2 Samuel 1, ... Psalm 72
Wednesday, 13th: ... Mark 1:1-20, ... 2 Samuel 2:1-3:1, ... Daniel 1
Thursday, 14th: ... Mark 1:21-45, ... 2 Samuel 3:2-39, ... Daniel 2:1-23
Friday, 15th: ... Mark 2, ... 2 Samuel 4-5, ... Daniel 2:24-49
Saturday, 16th: ... Mark 3:1-19, ... 2 Samuel 6, ... Daniel 3

When life hands you problems
put your problems in God's hands.

Ghana Campaign
July 2-28, 2001

The May-June newsletter which should be online later this week. To read the latest news, reports from Ghana and find out about the upcoming campaign ... go to www.ghanamissions.com

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Clarence Riggenbach - Stepheny Bennett - - Charles Furr

Miriam Small - Dick & Mattie Hall - Bill Sherman - Leslie Johnson

Viola Morinier - Virginia Law - Naomi Morton - Lurl Card

Jane Bowman - Ron Jones - Mary Kaupilla


Wednesday Bible Classes:

Sunday’s Lessons:

"Going or Coming?" (2 Kings 5:1-8)

"Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth, on Prayer #1" (2 Timothy 3:15)

Service Opportunities


Time of Services


 Wayne Vowell




 Walt Thompson


Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services



11:00 am

Bible Reading:

 Kerry Keathley  

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


 Dick Navarre




 Ted Wheeler


Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach



Evening Services


Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

 Jim Dougan



 Dick Navarre


Our Record - Last Week


 Delbert Leavens  

Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney



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$ 1500.00
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Jim Dougan

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