What Does It Mean To Become A Member of “The Church”?
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism. (Eph 4:4-5)
Since Christ has only one body, and there is only one Spirit, there can only be one true church.
The Bible uses many analogies to teach us that there is only one church. Christ is the bridegroom and the church is His bride. Just as a bridegroom knows only one bride, our Lord knows and saves only one church.
Furthermore, Christ is the shepherd and we are the sheep. Just as a shepherd gathers his sheep into one flock, Christ brings all believers into one church.
Finding the true church does not just mean choosing one congregation over another, but finding the church that preaches the true gospel. The Bible tells us that the church is founded on the teachings of the apostles and the prophets (Eph 2:20). It also calls the church “the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Tim 3:15). The church upholds and proclaims the truth that is taught in the Bible.
There is “one faith, one baptism”—that is, only one gospel of salvation. Two churches with different beliefs on salvation cannot both be true. Thousands of Christian churches with different teachings on salvation exist in the world today. Every Christian needs to seek the one faith that the apostles once shared and preached, rather than basing the choice on factors such as the quality of the choir or the eloquence of the speaker. We need to choose on the basis of truth.
What makes a church true?