THE CHURCH THAT JESUS BUILT 2


2. The Founder Of The Church

Christ as founder of His church is proved by the following facts:

  1. As the Shepherd Christ gathered unto himself a flock, which is said to be the church. “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock…to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).

  2. Christ declared He had a church, Matthew 16:18 “…upon this rock I will build my church.” While on earth He called His company of followers “MY CHURCH.” However, the clause “will build” does not point to His founding the church, but to strengthening it, or building it up in numbers, power and usefulness. In this sense He is still building His church, and will continue doing so until He shall come again.

  3. Christ testified that He had a kingdom while on earth, hence He was the founder of it, John 18:36: “My kingdom is not of this world,” that is, not of this world’s system to wage carnal warfare, levy taxes for support of a political government, etc. The point is: Christ established a kingdom in person while on earth. The churches are the executives of His kingdom. When the first church was founded, Christ’s kingdom came into existence on earth.

  4. In founding the church, Christ became its headstone, Matthew 21:42: “Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, “The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”

  5. The material prepared by John the Baptist (Luke 1:16, 17, 77) was used by Christ in founding His church, as David prepared the material for the construction of the temple which was built by Solomon (I Chron. 22:5).

    Incidentally, since Christ used the ones whom John baptized in founding His church, this identifies His church with the baptism and teaching of John. If you were to go to a Mormon, for instance, and be baptized of him, would you not be known as a Mormon? Then, since the first disciples of Christ identified themselves with John the Baptist and were baptized by him, why were they not Baptists also? And being organized into a church by Christ, why was it not a Baptist church? The name “Baptist” came from God (Matt. 3:1). If John could wear it with honor, why cannot we? And as John was a missionary sent by God (John 1:6) and was divinely called Baptist, why was he not a missionary Baptist? That’s what we are?

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  1. I agree that Jesus is the founder of the church; however, I don’t believe that Jesus established denominations. That was created by us. Our only definition has been that of Christian, or people of the Way. But I haven’t read the previous posts, so perhaps I may not be seeing it.

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  2. Please sir: may I have another? i.e., keep up the GOOD work, and I’ll be looking for word to it. Thanks & God bless.

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      • Apologies for late response; still figuring this out. No, my first pastor was an interstate missionary on salary with the ABA (F.C. Miller – c.1972). He introduced me to Baptist history through the writings of men like D.N. Jackson, Ben M. Bogard, J. R. Graves, G.E. Jones, D.B. Ray, etc., and their sources. Having just finished an ABA history by Robert Ashcraft that ends with a summary of the BMA/ABA split and remembering what he taught me of the underlying personality conflicts that were the REAL reasons for it (and most church problems) not a doctrinal issue; Your series seemed most providential, have enjoyed and looked forward to each piece.[TMI?] Thanks again.

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      • Okay, good to hear. I will finish the D.N. Jackson, hopefully within a week. Then I have just finished scanning a small booklet entitled “Who are the Baptist,” I think you will enjoy this booklet. Authors are J.W. Griffith, I.K. Cross, Paul Goodwin, J.M. Holliday, Harold Davis, J.A. Kirkland, and Roy M. Reed. I will email you this booklet.

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      • That would be awesome, thank you very much!

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