the great questions

 


Humble beginnings

Jesus of Nazareth

 

A woman sits in front of a 1st century well in Nazareth
A woman sits in front of a 1st century well in Nazareth.

 

Nazareth was of so little significance at the time of Jesus' birth, there is no mention of the town in the Old Testament, the Apocrypha, rabbinic writings, or Josephus' records. As a result, some doubted its existance in New Testament times.

 

However, excavations of recent years have removed every doubt. Cisterns, silo hewn from rocks, tombs and town inscriptions have been uncovered that clearly date back to New Testament times.

The Great Questions of Life | What is the True Church?

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What Does The True Church Do?

The True Church Tells the World About Jesus

Every Christian should tell his family and friends how they can be saved. The Holy Spirit helps us take the gospel message to every part of the world. We work together to do this.

Jesus did not let him, but said, 'Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.'
(Bible, Mark 5:19)

He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
(Bible, Mark 16:15)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
(Bible, Acts 1:8)

The True Church Teaches God's Word

The church uses every way it can to teach its members the truth and train them to follow Jesus.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
(Bible, Matthew 28:19, 20)

The Church Cares for It's Members

The church provides for the spiritual growth of its members by meeting regularly for worship, Bible study, fellowship, and Christian service.

The church gives counsel and help to those who have problems. It does what it can for those who are in need, both members and non-members.

Why Belong To A Church?

Because You Need the Church

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
(Bible, Ephesians 4:11, 12)

God has placed people in the church to help you and teach you. In this way He meets your spiritual needs. You should not join a church with the idea of getting it to help you with money, food, or other material needs. As you put God first in your life, He will see that all your needs are met.

Because the Church Needs You

Every part of the body has its work to do. There is work for you as a member of the body of Christ. By itself, a finger is not useful. It must join with the hand to become useful. Likewise, you must take your place in the church and let God use you to help others.

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
(Bible, Ephesians 4:11, 12)

Are you ready to be used by God?

Get to know Jesus personally

 

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