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He assured His disciples that He would guide and preserve His Church until His return, promising them, "I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

What Compromises Jesus' Church

The Church is comprised of disciples or students of Jesus Christ who convene to receive God's instruction. The Bible is the textbook for these students of Christ. Paul explains that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable . . . for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17 2 Timothy 3:16-17 [16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [17] That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.
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The teachers are the duly appointed elders of Jesus Christ who preach God's Word (Romans 10:14-15 Romans 10:14-15 [14] How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? [15] And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
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; 2 Timothy 4:2 2 Timothy 4:2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.
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). God holds them accountable for "rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15 2 Timothy 2:15Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
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) and for "being examples to the flock" (1 Peter 5:3 1 Peter 5:3Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
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; 1 Timothy 3:2-7 1 Timothy 3:2-7 [2] A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; [3] Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; [4] One that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; [5] (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) [6] Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. [7] Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
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The Church, however, is far more than just a spiritual assembly of students who gather to be instructed for their own benefit. Jesus' Church is to be a people special to God, called and chosen by Him to receive salvation (eternal life) as the children of God.

Christians are special to God in the sense that they are cherished for their faith and obedience (Ephesians 5:24 Ephesians 5:24Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
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, Ephesians 5:29 Ephesians 5:29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church:
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)—not because God regards them as inherently more worthy than others (Romans 2:11 Romans 2:11For there is no respect of persons with God.
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; Romans 3:23 Romans 3:23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
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Jesus' Church Today

What happened to Jesus' church? An eyewitness tells us that, immediately after Christ ascended into heaven after His resurrection, His apostles "went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs" (Mark 16:20 Mark 16:20And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
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). The Church had a powerful beginning. Yet today, it is largely divided and mixed with nonbiblical practices.

Jesus said: "Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven" (Matthew 7:20-21 Matthew 7:20-21 [20] Why by their fruits you shall know them. [21] Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.
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How can you locate God's special people in the midst of the splintered and fractured faith that we know as Christianity? What distinguishes them from those to whom Jesus Christ said, "I never knew you"? (Matthew 7:23 Matthew 7:23And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
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The Church Jesus built is a truly converted, humble body of people who have repented of their disregard for God's laws. They have been transformed by baptism and the receiving of God's Spirit. They rely, in faith, on Jesus Christ to help them live by every word of God.

Jesus' Church today is the vehicle Jesus Christ uses to proclaim the truth about the coming Kingdom of God to the world (Matthew 24:14 Matthew 24:14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come.
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). It is the family God is building—His own children—who will receive eternal life at Christ's return (1 John 3:1-2 1 John 3:1-2 [1] Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not. [2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
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; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 [51] Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. [53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
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As children of God, Jesus' Church anticipates a "new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells" (2 Peter 3:13 2 Peter 3:13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.
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). Its members eagerly await the return of Jesus Christ so they can assist Him in bringing true repentance and salvation to the world (Luke 11:2 Luke 11:2And he said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
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; Revelation 3:21 Revelation 3:21To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
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To fulfill their mission and maintain the closeness and unity that Christ expects of them, the members of His Church regularly assemble together as commanded in the Scriptures (Exodus 20:8-11 Exodus 20:8-11 [8] Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. [9] Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: [10] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: [11] For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: why the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
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). They take seriously the admonition: "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:24-25 Hebrews 10:24-25 [24] And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works: [25] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.
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The Church assembles together on the seventh-day Sabbath, as was the custom of Jesus Christ and the apostles (Luke 4:16 Luke 4:16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
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, Luke 4:31-32 Luke 4:31-32 [31] And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. [32] And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
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; Acts 13:14 Acts 13:14But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.
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, Acts 13:42 Acts 13:42And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles sought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
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, Acts 13:44 Acts 13:44And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
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). Its members strive to follow the example of Jesus and the apostles in all things (1 John 2:6 1 John 2:6He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
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; 1 Corinthians 11:1 1 Corinthians 11:1Be you followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
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The members of United Church of God are dedicated to preserving and proclaiming "the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints" (Jude 1:3 Jude 1:3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write to you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.
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Congregations of the United Church of God, an International Association, are striving to do their part in fulfilling the mission Christ gave to His Church.

We meet in major cities around the world. We are zealously committed to obeying God, loving one another and completing the Church's mission of spreading the true gospel of the Kingdom of God. All who desire to learn the truth, to obey God and fellowship with others of like mind and spirit are always welcome.

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