- There were various religious bodies in Paul’s day, but they did not teach what he and the other apostles did. Paul rebuked them for this.
- The local church in Paul’s day:
|Characteristics||Per Scripture||Catholics||Baptists||Assembly of God||Church of Christ||church of Christ|
|Authority||New Testament (II John 9)||X||X||X||?||✓|
|Name||church of Christ (Romans 16:16)||X||X||✓||✓||✓|
|Plan of salvation||Matthew 16:18-19; Acts 2:36-39 – Hear, believe, repent, confess, baptism||X||X||X||✓||✓|
|Order of worship||Colossians 3:16; Acts 2:42; I Corinthians 14; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1-3 – Sing, pray, teach, Lord’s Supper, Give||X||X||X||✓||✓|
|Work||Philippians 4:!5-16; II Corinthians 11:7-9; Acts 20:28 – Preaching the gospel, benevolence, discipline||X||X||X||X||✓|