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What's in a Name?

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You may be asking “Well, if you are a church of Christ, why do you call yourself the Lord’s church in Raleigh, and not Raleigh church of Christ?”

A good question. With a simple answer. We do our best to follow the doctrines of Christ. Because of this, our worship, organization, and works are just like all the brethren in the churches of Christ with the same goal. We believe our name (though not our only name, as you will see!) should also follow the teachings of Jesus and his apostles……. and their teachings show individual churches in the time of the apostles were not all called by one name. They were called by many names, each of which was simply another way to designate a unique attribute of the church.  Some examples include “the disciples who were at Damascus” (Acts 9:19), “the church at Jerusalem” (Acts 11:22),  “the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thess. 1:1), “all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints” (Rom. 1:7), “the church of God which is at Corinth (I Cor. 1:2, II Cor. 1:1),  “all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi” (Phil. 1:1), and “the saints and faithful brethren in Christ at Colossae”’ (Col. 1:2),  Indeed, the same church was called by different names! Paul directed his letter to “the saints who are at Ephesus” (Eph. 1:1), and the angel directed its message in Revelation to “the church in Ephesus (Rev. 2:1). “

Churches were no less churches of our Lord because they did not just call themselves a “church of Christ.” And we decided we would follow their lead. The pattern seems to be either a name that gives possession to God or His son, or a name that shows us as his followers, and something that says where we are, with all sorts of combinations of all 3. Thus, we proudly wear the name of our Lord, and the designation of being his disciples, by being the Lord’s church in Raleigh. But feel free to call us the church of Christ in Raleigh, the church of God in Raleigh, the saints of God at Raleigh, the brethren in Raleigh, etc. Because we are all of those as well