The Truth of the matterWHO STARTED THIS WHOLE "CHURCH" THING?Have you ever wondered where thiswhole thing about "Church" got its start?After all when you read the Old Testamentthere is no mention of the church there. Letstake a quick look at the Scriptures and seewhat we can find out!The first time we see the word "church"inthe scriptures is in Matthew 16:18 where Je-Clev Reddinger sus said to Peter, "And I also say unto thee,that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I willbuild my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it."Jesus told the disciples He was going to use the confession that Peterhad just made, that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God,in verse 16, to build his church. That is just what He did on the Dayof Pentecost in Acts 2 where Peter revealed the keys to the KingdomJesus had promised to the Jews who were convicted of their sin ofmurdering their Messiah, Jesus. Peter told them to "Repent, and eachof you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgivenessof your sins;" (Acts 2:38). That day 3000 people were baptized andGod added them to the church that Jesus had just started. Rememberthat He said in Matthew 16 that the gates of Hades would not prevailagainst the church? Well, Jesus had indeed died but it did not preventHim from establishing His Church!So, the next time you are tempted to dismiss the church asunimportant or somehow not involved with our spiritual well-beingmaybe we ought to ask ourselves whether or not Jesus would make apromise to the disciples about something that is trivial in nature? It'sa good question, don't you think?The El Dorado Church of Christ637 South High Street El Dorado, KS(316) 321-3371BU-144217 The Truth of the matter WHO STARTED THIS WHOLE "CHURCH" THING? Have you ever wondered where this whole thing about "Church" got its start? After all when you read the Old Testament there is no mention of the church there. Lets take a quick look at the Scriptures and see what we can find out! The first time we see the word "church"in the scriptures is in Matthew 16:18 where Je- Clev Reddinger sus said to Peter, "And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." Jesus told the disciples He was going to use the confession that Peter had just made, that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God, in verse 16, to build his church. That is just what He did on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 where Peter revealed the keys to the Kingdom Jesus had promised to the Jews who were convicted of their sin of murdering their Messiah, Jesus. Peter told them to "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;" (Acts 2:38). That day 3000 people were baptized and God added them to the church that Jesus had just started. Remember that He said in Matthew 16 that the gates of Hades would not prevail against the church? Well, Jesus had indeed died but it did not prevent Him from establishing His Church! So, the next time you are tempted to dismiss the church as unimportant or somehow not involved with our spiritual well-being maybe we ought to ask ourselves whether or not Jesus would make a promise to the disciples about something that is trivial in nature? It's a good question, don't you think? The El Dorado Church of Christ 637 South High Street El Dorado, KS (316) 321-3371 BU-144217

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The Truth of the matter WHO STARTED THIS WHOLE "CHURCH" THING? Have you ever wondered where this whole thing about "Church" got its start? After all when you read the Old Testament there is no mention of the church there. Lets take a quick look at the Scriptures and see what we can find out! The first time we see the word "church"in the scriptures is in Matthew 16:18 where Je- Clev Reddinger sus said to Peter, "And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." Jesus told the disciples He was going to use the confession that Peter had just made, that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God, in verse 16, to build his church. That is just what He did on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 where Peter revealed the keys to the Kingdom Jesus had promised to the Jews who were convicted of their sin of murdering their Messiah, Jesus. Peter told them to "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;" (Acts 2:38). That day 3000 people were baptized and God added them to the church that Jesus had just started. Remember that He said in Matthew 16 that the gates of Hades would not prevail against the church? Well, Jesus had indeed died but it did not prevent Him from establishing His Church! So, the next time you are tempted to dismiss the church as unimportant or somehow not involved with our spiritual well-being maybe we ought to ask ourselves whether or not Jesus would make a promise to the disciples about something that is trivial in nature? It's a good question, don't you think? The El Dorado Church of Christ 637 South High Street El Dorado, KS (316) 321-3371 BU-144217 The Truth of the matter WHO STARTED THIS WHOLE "CHURCH" THING? Have you ever wondered where this whole thing about "Church" got its start? After all when you read the Old Testament there is no mention of the church there. Lets take a quick look at the Scriptures and see what we can find out! The first time we see the word "church"in the scriptures is in Matthew 16:18 where Je- Clev Reddinger sus said to Peter, "And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." Jesus told the disciples He was going to use the confession that Peter had just made, that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God, in verse 16, to build his church. That is just what He did on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 where Peter revealed the keys to the Kingdom Jesus had promised to the Jews who were convicted of their sin of murdering their Messiah, Jesus. Peter told them to "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins;" (Acts 2:38). That day 3000 people were baptized and God added them to the church that Jesus had just started. Remember that He said in Matthew 16 that the gates of Hades would not prevail against the church? Well, Jesus had indeed died but it did not prevent Him from establishing His Church! So, the next time you are tempted to dismiss the church as unimportant or somehow not involved with our spiritual well-being maybe we ought to ask ourselves whether or not Jesus would make a promise to the disciples about something that is trivial in nature? It's a good question, don't you think? The El Dorado Church of Christ 637 South High Street El Dorado, KS (316) 321-3371 BU-144217

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