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Why We Call Ourselves the “church of Christ”. Names Are Important. Kids Pets Boats Products. Names are important to God. Abraham, Genesis 17:1-7 God changed Abram to Abraham – “Father of a multitude” Isaac was not yet born – God reaffirms promises from Genesis 12

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names are important
Names Are Important
  • Kids
  • Pets
  • Boats
  • Products
names are important to god
Names are important to God.
  • Abraham, Genesis 17:1-7
    • God changed Abram to Abraham – “Father of a multitude”
    • Isaac was not yet born – God reaffirms promises from Genesis 12
    • The Old Testament revolves around Abraham.
names are important to god1
Names are important to God.
  • Jacob, Genesis 32:22-28
    • God changed Jacob to Israel – Prince with God
    • Israel was the father of the heads of the 12 tribes of the nation of Israel
    • Christ came from the tribe of Judah.
names are important to god2
Names are important to God.
  • God’s people, Isaiah 62:1-2
    • God promises that His people will be called by a new name which He will choose.
    • Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
are there different kinds of christians
Are there different kinds of Christians?
  • What kind of Christian are you?
    • Baptist-Christian
    • Methodist-Christian
    • Catholic-Christian
    • Etc.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 3:1-4; Romans 8:6-7
why the different names
Why the different names?

John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

2 John 9-11, John 8:31

what should the church be called
What should the church be called?

In the Bible, there are no exclusive names for the church. God refers to His church as:

  • "the church of God" (1 Corinthians 1:2)
  • "church of the firstborn" (Hebrews 12:23)
  • "churches of Christ" (Romans 16:16)
  • "Body of Christ" (Colossians 1:24)
  • "Bride of Christ" (Revelation 21:2)
  • "House of God" (1 Timothy 3:15)
scripture never refers to the church as

I ask that my name be left silent and people not call themselves Lutheran, but rather Christians. Who is Luther? The doctrine is not mine. I have been crucified for no one. St. Paul in 1 Cor. 3:4-5 would not suffer that the Christians should call themselves of Paul or of Peter, but Christian. How should I, a poor stinking bag of worms, become so that the children of Christ are named with my unholy name? It should not be dear friends. Let us extinguish all factious names and be called Christians whose doctrine we have. The pope's men rightly have a factious name because they are not satisfied with the doctrine and name of Christ and want to be with the pope, who is their master. I have not been and will not be a master. Along with the church I have the one general teaching of Christ who alone is our master. Matt. 23:8.

Martin Luther, Admonition Against Insurrection, 1522

Scripture never refers to the church as
  • Baptist
  • Catholic
  • Lutheran
  • Presbyterian
  • Methodist
  • Seventh Day Adventist
  • Mormon
  • Pentecostal
  • Etc.
the seed principle
The Seed Principle
  • Luke 8:4-8, 11
  • Genesis 1:11-12
  • 1 Peter 1:23-25; Acts 11:19-26
names matter
Names Matter

Acts 4:12

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

be saved today
Be Saved Today!
  • Believe – John 8:24
  • Confess – Matthew 10:32-33
  • Repent – Luke 13:3
  • Be Baptized – Mark 16:16
  • Be Faithful – Revelation 2:10