The New Testament (the books of the Bible from Matthew through Revelation) contains the history of the church, the pattern or structure of the church, and the purpose of the church.

The church of Christ began on the Day of Pentecost following the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It was the same church which Jesus had promised to build: "...on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not overcome it."

The first sermon of the church, preached by the apostle Peter, resulted in a great response by the same Jews in Jerusalem who just a few weeks earlier had called for the death of Jesus.

After those who heard were convicted of their sin in rejecting Jesus as God's Son, they asked, "Brothers, what shall we do?"

In reply, Peter answered, "Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).

"And the Lord added to their number ("the church" KJV) daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:47)




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