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Have you ever had someone ask you, if you are “in Christ?” Actually this is a biblical term. But what happens when we are “in Christ”, and biblically how are we placed there? Just for a moment let’s look at the scriptures and see what the bible has to say. Because this after all is a very important topic.
Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (ESV). No condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. In another words those who are “in Christ” will not face the wrath of God. But however, those who are not found “in Christ” will have to face condemnation.
Ephesians 1:7, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” We find redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. Well who is “Him?” The Bible is referring “Him” to Jesus Christ. We must be in Christ to reap these benefits.
2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” If you are “in Christ”, you have been made new. Your slate has been wiped clean. Corresponding with Ephesians 1:7, all your past sins are gone.
Are you “in Christ”? If you said yes, how do you know? What does the Bible say? Galatians 3:27, “For as many of you were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” You are baptized into Christ. This is the act which places you into the body. We can go from cover to cover of the Bible, and you will not find another way to be put into Christ. Romans 6:3-4, “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” A person can have all the faith they want, but without baptism, they are still outside of Christ.
Now this creates another question. Who is a candidate to be baptized “into Christ?” In Acts 8:26-40, we find Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch. We see that Phillip preaches the gospel to the eunuch. They come across some water, and the eunuch asks Phillip in verse 36, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” Phillip then answered him saying, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” A good candidate is someone with faith. Faith is the corner stone. If you get baptized without faith, your baptism was pointless. In 1 Peter 3:21, we see that baptism is an appeal to God, for a good conscience.
1 Corinthians 12:27, “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.” This shows us that were in His body, which makes up the church. “The church” is not a building with four walls, the building is just the gathering place. When your baptized “into Christ”, you have been put into the church, which is the body of Christ. Acts 20:28 shows that the church was purchased with His blood. So why wouldn’t you want to be a member of the body of Christ?
Ephesians 2:12, “Remember that you were at one time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” It’s very important to be “in Christ.” When looking at the scriptures, there is only one way “into Christ.” So tonight, where do you stand? Are you “in Christ?”
On behalf of the Versailles church of Christ, we would like to thank you for visiting our website. In addition, we would like to take this opportunity to tell you about our church family and about what you can expect as we worship God together.
We are simply Christians, without ties to any denomination. We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, and we try to follow it as our only guide in religion. We accept Jesus Christ as Lord and respect His authority.
We have believed the message of the crucified and risen Lord, and now we share it with others. We urge all to accept God’s gift of eternal life in His Son (Romans 6:23). God’s plan for salvation involves…
- Repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21)
- Confessing Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:10)
- Being baptized into Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38)
- Living a life of faithful service to Christ (Revelation 2:10)
When you visit with us, you will be our honored and respected guest. You will not be embarrassed in any way. In keeping with our effort to carefully follow the Bible, our worship consists only of those activities authorized by command or example in the New Testament.
- On Sunday, the first day of the week, we observe the Lord’s Supper as a memorial to our Savior’s death (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:24-26).
- We praise God and edify one another through singing (Colossians 3:16), and offer prayers of supplication and thanksgiving (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
- Through sermons, we hear exhortation to “continue steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine” (Acts 2:42).
- On Sunday, we take up a collection so members can give as they have purposed in their hearts (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:7). As a visitor, you are our guest, so please do not feel under any obligation to give.
In addition to our worship services, we have Bible classes on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening for all ages. Everyone, age one and up, has an opportunity for careful study of God’s Word, and we can provide care for babies upon request. We are blessed to have a group of dedicated men and women who take their teaching of God’s Word seriously and prepare their classes accordingly.
We at Versailles church of Christ seek to serve God, honor Jesus and take as many people with us to Heaven as we can. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to mention them.
We pray that this bit of information will help you decide to worship with us.
In Him Always,
The elders of the church