To the Editor:
I am writing in reference to the article in The Mountain
Nov. 11, 2009, page 12, entitled ‘The Church by God’s Design’ by Robert Adams of the Church of Christ at Mayking, Kentucky.
Mr. Adams, you asked the question, “How many of us know what the Church really is? I believe we will prove the Church to be Jesus Christ.”
According to the Holy Bible (King James Version), the church is the people of God: those destined to inherit the kingdom of God. Also, any local group of believers (Dictionary – Concordance).
In Ephesians 5:23, the Apostle Paul said, Christ is the ‘head’ of the Church. Colossians 1:18: “He” is the head of the body, the church. In I Timothy, 3:15, we see that the church is the house of God. Acts 16:5: the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in number daily. In Psalm 118:22, speaking of Christ’s rejection, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.” I Peter 2:6-8, Christ is the cornerstone. Acts 4:11, Christ is the chief cornerstone. I Corinthians 3:11, tells us that Jesus Christ is the foundation.
The cornerstone is the basic, essential, or most important part, foundation. We see that Christ is not ‘the church’ but the cornerstone or most important part.
When Paul wrote to the Ephesians in 2:19-20, he wrote: “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God having been built on the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone, the most important part.”
Throughout the New Testament, Paul wrote to ‘the churches’ (the body of believers) on numerous occasions. The Bible teaches us that ‘the church’ is referred to as both the body of believers and a place of worship (the house of God).
RITA GOODMAN McRoberts