“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good,” 1 Thessalonians 5:21
Traditionally the churches of Christ have sought to restore New Testament Christianity. The Bible firmly states that the word of God is a seed (Lk. 8:11), and each seed only produces after its kind (Gen 1:12). Therefore, the seed, the word of God, if planted in the hearts of man today, can spring forth and bring back New Testament Christianity, as is the desire of God. Therefore, as Paul wrote to the Body at Thessalonica and told them to “Prove all things,” he likewise told Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that God has given us what we need to be perfect in every work. We can know God has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness.”
The question remains: What are the “all things” we are referencing? At the Brown Trail church of Christ, we pattern our worship, organization, our daily pattern of living, and the plan of salvation from the word of God, with the goal of restoring true New Testament Christianity.
The question remains: How can a sinner enter the realm of the saved? First, we know one must hear the word of God, which produces faith (Romans 10:14-17); however, according to scripture, faith alone cannot save anyone. Even the demons believe and tremble, yet they clearly are not saved. The Bible teaches that after you believe, you must be willing to confess the name of Christ before men (Acts 8:36-37), then repent of your sins (Acts 2:38; 3:19), as Peter told the 3,000 on Pentecost, and then be baptized for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:38). And through this plan from God, baptism being the final step, God will wash away your sins and place you in the realm of the saved, 1 Peter 3:21; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 2:47.
If you have any questions concerning the plan of salvation that God has brought forth, please contact one of our elders or deacons. But before I close, where you worship, is their pattern of obtaining salvation found in the New Testament pages, or found in the authority of man? Remember, the Bible has placed the burden upon us to “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good," (Matthew 7:21; Proverbs 14:12).