The Name of the Lord's Church

By Alfred Shannon, Jr.

There are many denominational churches which do not bear the name of Christ; To them there is nothing in a name. They falsely call themselves a Christian individually, but collectively they call themselves anything but the Lord’s name. The Lord’s name is not Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Mormon, Adventist, Episcopal, etc. There is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved, and yet his name is not worth placing upon their assembly? Acts 4:12

Prophesy Of The Lord’s Church

There has been great contention and opinion about the name of the Lord’s church. Some believe it can be called just about anything, and still have the God’s approval. The house which Solomon built for God which was built in Jerusalem was called by His Name. “David said to Solomon, ‘My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God:’” 1 Chron 22:7 “You had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by MY NAME:” Jer 34:15

Seven centuries before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Isaiah the prophet prophesied of the church when he said, “It shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s HOUSE shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the HOUSE of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Isa 2:2-4

In the New Testament, the church is referred to as the ‘Household of God’ and as a Holy Temple’ for the Lord’s habitation (Eph. 2:19-22). Paul declared how “men ought to behave themselves in the HOUSE of GOD, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). Peter also described the church as a ‘SPIRITUAL HOUSE’ (1 Pet. 2:5).

The Lord’s House was established in the last days as was prophesied by the prophet Joel. The church was established at Pentecost where the first baptized believing Christians were added by the Lord. Acts 2:37-47 Joel had prophesied that the Holy Spirit would be “poured forth” in “the last days” Joel 2:28 The apostle Peter quoted Joel’s prophesy in connection with the outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost. “This is that which has been spoken through the prophet Joel:” (Acts 2:16-17).

The Name Of The Lord’s Church

It was Jesus who declared, “Upon this ROCK I will build MY CHURCH”. Mt 16:18 Moses said, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD (JEHOVAH) our God is one LORD (JEHOVAH):” Deut 6:4 The psalmist David declared, “Come, let us sing unto the LORD (JEHOVAH): let us make a joyful noise to the ROCK of our salvation.” Ps 95:1 This is the same Rock which David declared was the LORD our MAKER. Ps 95:6 John verily told us that Jesus created all things which were made. Jn 1:1-11 Paul said that all things in heaven and earth was created by Christ. Col 1:15-17 Jesus was declared as the ROCK which lead Israel out of Egypt. 1 Cor 10:1-4  Paul proclaimed that the church was built upon the apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ being the chief corner stone. Eph 2:20

This is the same Jesus who is the head of the BODY, the CHURCH. Col 1:18 All confessed believers who have repented of their sins are baptized into the BODY, the CHURCH of CHRIST. Rom 10:9,10 ff; Acts 2:38; 1 Cor 12:13 Collectively, all Christians are the BODY, the CHURCH of CHRIST. 1 Cor 12:27 It was Christ who died for his CHURCH, and paid for it with his own blood. Acts 20:28 f; Eph 5:25

Conclusion: Therefore, it is conclusive that the Lord’s church has a definitive NAME. Jesus built it, died, for it, paid for it, and it bears HIS NAME and HIS NAME only! The saints are individually called by his name, CHRISTIAN, and collectively they are called by His NAME, “The CHURCH OF CHRIST”. Rom 16:16

If you are not a member of the church of Christ, you are a lost sinner and are in need of being saved. When the Lord comes again, no member of any denominational church will be saved. No not one! All denominational churches refuse to carry the Lord’s name, obey the Lord’s gospel, and abide by the Lord’s doctrine. All denominational churches refuse to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Jn 4:23,24 There is only ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, and ONE BAPTISM. Eph 4:5 Confessed believers who repent and are baptized shall be saved by being added to ONE CHURCH, the church of Christ. Mk 16:16 f; Eph 4:4 All who do not shall be condemned! 2 Thes 1:7-9 DON’T DELAY! SALVATION IS FOR TODAY! 2 Cor 6:2 f; Heb 3:7,8