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 Vol. 2, No. 8                                        Page 4                                                August, 2000

Editorials

Baptism

By Louis Rushmore

In his letter to the Ephesian church in Chapter Four and Verse Five, the apostle Paul told Christians that only one baptism remained. When writing to Christians at Rome, the same apostle taught that this one baptism is a burial or a planting, which means that Bible baptism is immersion.

The apostle Peter stated the purpose of baptism in Acts 2:38, ". . . Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins . . ." Peter later wrote that Christian baptism occurs in water, and though it may appear to unbelievers to be a bath, really it cleans the conscience and saves the soul.

Jesus Christ sent his apostles into the world to teach faith in him and the Gospel (the New Testament). He also taught that the natural result of this faith is baptism which brings salvation.

Have you been baptized for the forgiveness of your sins? Your friends in the churches of Christ are ready to help you better learn the Gospel (which produces faith in Jesus) and be baptized. We care for your soul.

The Church Jesus Built

By Louis Rushmore

Jesus said, ". . . I will build my church . . ." (Matthew 16:18). He did build the church on himself; "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 3:11). Speaking of Christ, Acts 4:11 reads, "This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner." First Peter 2:4-8 repeatedly refers to Jesus Christ as the chief corner stone of a "spiritual house." In this same passage Christians are called "stones," also a part of the same "spiritual house."

The church Jesus built is not made of brick, wood or stone; it is comprised of souls. The church Jesus built is spiritual. You too can be a "stone" in the "spiritual house" of God by becoming a Christian. To become a Christian you must rely wholly on the Gospel, believe it, be changed in mind and conduct by it, begin telling the world about Jesus the Christ and obey the Lord's commands -- starting with being baptized for the remission of your sins. For more information on how to become a member of the church Jesus built, especially study the book of Acts. The churches of Christ will gladly assist you in that study.

Copyright 2000 Louis Rushmore. All Rights Reserved.
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