• 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
Organization Local church X X X X