The Platform For The Church of Christ?
By: Gary Colley
Our country has witnessed many Presidential Campaigns. The major political parties have always previously adopted party platforms on which they stand, and express what they believe. The candidates run on these party platforms to obtain and maintain party unity.
Jesus Christ made and gave, for all time, the Christian platform (Matthew 26:28, Jude 3). He commanded that this platform be preached by all faithful servants to all nations (II Timothy 2:2, Matthew 28:18-20). All who will stand with Christ must stand upon this platform, or covenant (agreement), or Gospel (Matthew 7:21). God laid, and Christ is, the foundation upon which all right religion must be based (Matthew 16:18-19, I Corinthians 3:11). No man can rightfully separate Christ from the Christian platform (II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
PLATFORM OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Paul gives the planks in the platform of the Church of Christ in Ephesians 4:3-6, and he urged that we strongly endeavor "to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3)." Sadly, the present religious world is in confusion, division, and conflict on every one of the seven planks of this platform! We plead with all to reconsider these planks upon which the unity and the hope of Heaven is placed.
WHAT ARE THE PLANKS IN THE PLATFORM?
1. One God-----------Unity of Worship
2. One Lord----------Unity of Authority
3. One Body----------Unity of Organization
4. One Spirit----------Unity of Life in Christ
5. One Faith----------Unity of Teaching
6. One Baptism-------Unity of Practice
7. One Hope----------Unity of Purpose
Please read again the Lord's prayer for unity (John 17:20-21), and Paul's inspired command
(I Corinthians 1:10).