is the church?
church is a community of people who have been called by God (Acts 2:47) and
purchased with His blood (Acts 20:28). Ephesians 4:4–6 mentions seven “ones”
that characterize God’s church:
• “One body” (v. 4). The members are
“joined and knit together” (cf. Eph 4:16).
• “One Spirit” (v. 4). The members have been baptized by one Spirit (cf. 1 Cor 12:13).
• “One hope” (v. 4). The members trust in
the living God (cf. 1 Tim 4:10).
• “One Lord” (v. 5). The members believe in one Lord—Jesus Christ—through whom they are
justified (cf. Isa 45:25; Acts 13:39).
• “One faith” (v. 5). The members share a common faith that is based on the teachings of
the apostles, prophets and Jesus (cf. Eph 2:20).
• “One baptism” (v. 5). The members have
been baptized into Christ and have put on Christ (cf. Gal 3:27–28).
• “One God and Father of all” (v. 6). The believers are sons of God on
account of their faith in Jesus (cf. Gal 3:26).
Q2 When was it established?
church was established on the day of Pentecost, when God poured out His Holy Spirit (Acts 2).
This anointing gave the apostles the power to preach the gospel and the
authority to baptize believers in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of
sins (Acts 2:38–41).
Q3 Who founded the church?
said, “On this rock I will build My church, and
the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Mt 16:18). These words
indicate clearly that He is the founder of the church. Moreover, apostle Paul
describes the members of the church as being created in Jesus: “For we are His
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared
beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:10). For this reason, the True
Jesus Church does not recognize any human founders—only faithful workers who
helped God to accomplish His will: the apostles in the time of the early
church, and key workers in the formative years of the True Jesus Church.
Q4 Who does the church belong to?
Bible speaks of the church as belonging to Jesus Christ (Mt 16:18) and to God
(1 Cor 10:32; 1 Tim 3:15). It says that the heavenly Father “put all things
under [Jesus’] feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which
is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Eph 1:22–23; cf.
Col 1:18). Jesus purchased the church with His own blood (Acts 20:28), and
through Him all the members have been united as one (1 Cor 12:12–13, 27). Apart
from Jesus, no one else can claim ownership of the church.
Q5 Did Jesus delegate authority for governing the
church to anyone?
did not. Jesus alone governs the church (Heb 3:6). He does this through His
Spirit who guides, directs and coordinates her work and the workers (e.g. Acts
10:19; 13:2; 16:6–7). The church must therefore submit to the Spirit’s
church is based on the principles of love and unity: “From whom the whole body,
joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the
effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body
for the edifying of itself in love” (Eph 4:16). For this reason, there is no
place for hierarchy or politics.
the church, there are different workers who have either been ordained or
elected by the congregation, to plan, implement and oversee the work of God. Importantly, the nature of their leadership is spiritual: it is
based on love, service and personal example. Jesus teaches us, saying, “You
know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them,
and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among
you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant” (Mk
10:42–43; cf. 2 Cor 1:24; 1 Pet 5:2–3).
Q6 How was the church organized in the time of the
church started in Jerusalem with a core group of apostles and elders using it
as their base from which to coordinate church affairs and to discuss issues.
Their role was to ensure that all the believers upheld a common faith—one that
was based on the truth (see Acts 15:6–31; 16:4–5). Soon, the gospel spread far
and wide—going beyond Jerusalem, to Judea, Samaria and abroad. Many local
churches were established, but all shared the same faith, were joined together
as one body, and heeded the guidance of the apostles and elders in
Q7 Who makes up the church?
church is made up of believers. Some are elected to particular offices by the
congregation, including church board and committee members.
Others—specifically, deacons, deaconesses, elders and preachers—are ordained by
the church (1 Tim 3:1–13; Tit 1:5–9).
Q8 How does the Bible refer to the church of God?
Bible uses a range of terms, metaphors and symbols to describe the church:
house built with living stones (1 Pet 2:4–5)
of God, in which the Spirit dwells (1 Cor 3:16; Eph 2:19–22)
flock with one shepherd (Jn 10:16)
seeds (Mt 13:38)
field (1 Cor 3:9)
vine and branches (Jn 15:1–4; Jer 2:21)
of Christ (1 Cor 12:27; Eph 1:22–23)
of Jesus (2 Cor 11:2; Rev 21:9)
that saves (Heb 11:7; 1 Pet 3:20)
generation, royal priesthood, holy nation, God’s own special people (1 Pet 2:9;
cf. Rev 1:6)
Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, (Heb 12:22; cf. Rev 21:10;
Q9 Has the church remained the same since
apostolic church was the one true church. However, as prophesied by Jesus,
false prophets and false christs
emerged to spread heretical teachings and to bring about her decline (Mt
7:15–16; 24:24–26). Indeed, after the apostles died, the church started
altering the truth and introducing many changes, including the iconic
veneration of Jesus, Mary and the saints; Sunday worship in place of the
Sabbath; sprinkling as a mode of baptism; the sale of indulgences;
and the establishment of Christmas as a religious festival.
sixteenth century, Martin Luther attempted to redress the Roman Catholic
Church’s deviation from the truth by spearheading a major religious reformation.
However, despite his best efforts, it failed to reinstate the complete truth
and to restore the apostolic church. Today, we are left with the legacy: many
Christians remain unaware of the biblical truth of salvation, and Christianity
itself has become increasingly fragmented.
Q10 What are God’s requirements for the true church in the end
requirements for the true church in the end time are the same as those for the
apostolic church. She should:
“built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself
being the chief cornerstone” (Eph 2:20). It entails that she uphold all of the
Lord’s commandments (Jn 14:21, 23–24; 2 Jn 9) and the apostles’ teachings (Acts
Jesus Christ as her head (Eph 1:22; Col 1:18).
the gospel of Jesus (1 Cor 15:1–2; Gal 1:6–9).
water baptism for spiritual rebirth, the forgiveness of sins and salvation (Jn
3:5; Acts 2:38; Tit 3:5; 1 Pet 3:21).
believers to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Zech
14:17; Acts 8:17; 10:44; 19:6).
the testimony of signs and miracles (Mk 16:17–18; Heb 2:3–4).
full of charismatic gifts (1 Cor 12:4–11).
holy and set apart from the world (Jn 17:16–19; Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 6:17–18).
righteous deeds, being “arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright”, as is fitting
for the bride of the Lamb (Rev 19:8).
• be the
salt and the light of the world, giving glory to God and edifying others (Mt
the name “True Jesus Church”?
cultures, a name expresses a person’s character or what something stands for.
The same principle applies to the “True Jesus Church” which expresses the
nature of God and His salvation.
the word “True” testifies to the nature of God:
the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King…” (Jer
10:10; cf. Isa 65:16).
who has received His testimony has certified that God is true” (Jn 3:33).
both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have
not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know” (Jn
this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only
true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (Jn 17:3).
we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we
may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus
Christ. This is the true God and eternal life” (1 Jn 5:20).
the nature of Jesus, the Son of God, is true:
• “I am
the true vine…” (Jn 15:1).
• “I am
the way, the truth, and the life...” (Jn 14:6).
witness is true…” (Jn 8:14).
• He is
“the true bread from heaven” (Jn 6:32).
is the “Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of
God” (Rev 3:14).
who is holy, He who is true, ‘He who has the key of David, He who opens and no
one shuts, and shuts and no one opens’ ” (Rev 3:7).
the name “Jesus” in “True Jesus Church” signifies that God accomplished His
salvation plan through Jesus Christ: Jesus came to do God’s will (Heb 10:7); He
was God manifested in the flesh (Jn 1:18; 1 Tim 3:16); He was “the brightness
of His glory and the express image of His person” (Heb 1:3); He emptied Himself
for our sake, becoming a servant (Phil 2:6–7) and obeying to the point of death
on the cross (Phil 2:8). Because of His sacrifice, we have been reconciled to
God (Rom 5:10–11; Col 1:21–22) and called by Him (Rom 8:28–30). Therefore, the
Bible says, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man
Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5; cf. 1 Jn 2:1).
the True Jesus Church upholds the name of the Lord because:
shed His blood to purchase people for God “out of every tribe and tongue and
people and nation” (Rev 5:9).
• the church is the bride of the Lamb (Rev 19:7;
• there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved
• the church belongs to Jesus, as He refers to her as “My
church” (Mt 16:18).
“Jesus” is the name of God (Jn 17:6, 11–12)—the name that was wonderfully
revealed to mankind in the New Testament era (Mt 1:21). The Bible says:
took from the Gentiles a people for His name (Acts 15:14).
promised: “…In every place where I record My name I
will come to you, and I will bless you” (Ex 20:24).
indicated that His habitation would bear His name. His chosen people would go
there to worship Him and make offerings (Deut 12:5, 11).
• the “church of God” (1 Cor 1:2) should rightly bear His
the word “Church” in “True Jesus Church” signifies that God is accomplishing
His salvation through her. The original Greek word for “church” is ekklesia, which
is derived from ek, meaning “out of”, and
klesis, meaning “a calling”. In other words,
it refers to a group of people who have been called out by God. Jesus says, “If
you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of
the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (Jn
was the True Jesus Church established?
Jesus was established in China in 1917. She comprises saints past and present:
“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the
heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly
and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of
all, to the spirits of just men made perfect” (Heb 12:22–23). While the
apostolic church was established 2,000 years ago on the day of Pentecost by the
Holy Spirit of the early rain, the True Jesus Church was established in 1917 by
the Holy Spirit of the latter rain (Hos 6:3). She is the revived apostolic
Jesus Church is the true church of the end time, as prophesied in the Bible
(Song 6:9). Ezekiel spoke of her emergence from the east: “And behold, the
glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like
the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory…And the glory of
the Lord came into the temple by way of the gate which faces toward the east”
(Ezek 43:2, 4). Similarly, Jesus prophesied, “For as the lightning comes from
the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be”
Q13 Is it possible for the True Jesus Church to diminish or
other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ”
(1 Cor 3:11); “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this
seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and ‘Let everyone who names the name
of Christ depart from iniquity’ ” (2 Tim 2:19); “Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8).
workers have a duty to build upon the foundation of the church, in accordance
with God’s instructions (Ezek 43:11–12; Heb 8:5). They must build with gold,
silver and precious stones (1 Cor 3:12). They must never use unworthy materials
such as human glory, power, worldly values, strife and false teachings, for
such work will not endure (1 Cor 3:15). Moreover, anyone who builds in this way
will be removed when God purges the threshing floor to sanctify His church (Mt
the workers must only preach Jesus Christ (2 Cor 4:5), sanctify the Lord in
their hearts (1 Pet 3:15) and endeavour to present
everyone perfect in Christ (Col 1:28). In this way, the church will have an
Q14 Why should believers gather together?
church is a community upholding a common faith, the members should heed the
exhortation in the Book of Hebrews: “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” (Heb 10:25).
purpose of assembling is to worship (Acts 4:31; 1 Cor 14:25); praise God (Heb
2:12); share His word and give mutual encouragement (Acts 20:7–8; 1 Cor 14:26);
partake of the Holy Communion (Acts 2:42; 1 Cor 10:16–17); observe the Sabbath
(Acts 13:14; 16:13); and have fellowship (Acts 2:42).
Q15 What work has God entrusted to the church?
entrusted different types of work to the church:
(Mt 28:19–20; Acts 1:8)
care (Acts 20:28; 1 Pet 5:2)
and sending out workers (Acts 6:3–6; 8:14; 11:22)
(Acts 15:4; 3 Jn 5–8)
aid (Phil 4:15–18; 1 Tim 5:16)
(1 Cor 6:1–3)
greatest ministry is undoubtedly evangelism, as it entails the saving of souls
(Mk 16:16), and through this work, God is greatly glorified.
Q16 What are the duties of the believers?
believers in the church have a duty to:
the commandments of God (Mt 19:17).
to the church (Acts 16:4–5).
care and concern for the church (2 Cor 8:24; 11:28; Col 1:24).
strengthen the church (Acts 15:41).
care of the flock (Acts 20:28; 1 Tim 3:5; 5:17; 1 Pet 5:2).
their gifts to edify the church (1 Cor 14:12).
aid to those in need (1 Cor 16:1–2).
burdening the church (1 Tim 5:16).
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