Family Heritage

Today it seems there is a growing desire to learn more about our “family roots.” People are researching, documenting, and visiting places to piece together their ties to those of days gone by. It is important that we know our ancestry and our beginnings, because they are a major part of who we are today. In the realm of spiritual matters, it is even more important that we know our beginnings. To begin, I would like to ask a few questions of which I would like for you to answer. The first question is “The name of my church is (answer)”? Question two “My church was established when(date)”? Question three “My church began (where)”? Question four “The founder of my church was (name)”? Now, this may seem odd to ask such questions, but don’t we do this or something similar to it when we are researching our physical family heritage? Most individuals do not take the time to question their spiritual heritage. More often than not most only know their spiritual heritage to the extent of “It’s what my parents or grandparents were part of or believed.” This way of thinking is like cutting off the end of a roast before cooking. It is done because ones parents or grandparents did it, and when asked why it would be because the entire roast would not fit into the small pan. I would suggest to you that it’s more important to know your spiritual heritage than your physical heritage. May I suggest today that we break away from “cutting off the end of a roast” in terms of spiritual matters just because of our parents or grandparents? When the Lord returns according to Romans 14:12, “We must each give account.” We will be judged as individuals, not based upon what someone else has done or has not done. We must know our spiritual heritage according to the word of God. Now I would like for you to take the answers to the questions asked and compare them to the scripture. Notice the first question in comparison to the New Testament which states the church is called “The Church, The Church of God, The Kingdom, The Churches of Christ etc. (Matthew 16:15, Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 1:2, Revelation 21:2, 1 Timothy 5:16). The second question pertains to when The church was established and according to scripture it was on Pentecost in Acts chapter 2 in A.D. 33. The third question is where was the church established, and again, according to scripture, it was in Jerusalem (Acts 2:5). The final question really gets us to the “roots” of The church by answering who established The church? Christ promised to build or establish only one church (Matthew 16:16-18), which is also the one which He promised to save (Ephesians 5:23-27). How did you do with your answers? My plea is that we may all be part of “The church” as described in the New Testament. Family heritage and holding on to “old ways” is good, but for eternal matters let’s not cut off the end of the roast just because of family heritage. If you have comments or questions please contact me at tmdok4@windstream.net. You may also view my articles at sublignaroadcoc.org Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth.

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