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There is a story occasionally repeated on websites about 5 friends who were searching for the true church of Christ. Together they compiled a list of 17 points that this church would embody based on the Bible. After going their separate ways in life, they caught up years down the road and found that each one of them had independently found the church that they had been looking for: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Now whether this is truth or fiction, or some blend of the two, is irrelevant. If true, it is indeed a remarkable story of faith and dedication on the part of these individuals. Even if it’s fiction, it provides a nice backdrop for the list below, while not affecting the veracity of the points outlined. 17 Points of the True Church of Christ Christ organized the Church (Eph 4:11-14) The true church must bear the name of Jesus Christ (Eph 5:23) The true church must have a foundation of Apostles and Prophets (Eph 2:19-20) The true church must have the same organization as Christ’s Church (Eph 4:11-14) The true church must claim divine authority (Heb 4:4-10) The true church must have no paid ministry (Acts 20:33-34; John 10:11-13) The true church must baptize by immersion (Matt 3:13-16) The true church must bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands (Acts 8:14-17) The true church must practice divine healing (Mark 3:14-15) The true church must teach that God and Jesus are separate and distinct individuals (John 17:11; 20:17) The true church must teach that God and Jesus have bodies of flesh and bone (Luke 23:36-39; Acts 1:9-11; Heb 1:1-3) The officers must be called by God (Heb 4:4; Ex 28:1; 40:13-16) The true church must claim revelation from God (Amos 3:7) The true church must be a missionary church (Matt 28:19-20) The true church must be a restored church (Acts 3:19-20) The true church must practice baptism for the dead (1Cor 15:16&29) “By their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt 7:20) These are important points and Biblical verses to consider. While this list is certainly not exhaustive of every characteristic that the Church of Christ will have, it does provide an excellent starting point. In addition, there are numerous churches which meet one, five, or even ten of these criteria, but I have found none that fulfill all 17 except for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. Don’t take my word for it. Take the list above and use it as a starting point to begin your study of the characteristics of the true church of Christ. Once you have studied and pondered about it, I would then invite you to pray and ask God whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed the true church. He will answer.

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1 Sara Di Diego = ""11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.""
2 Sara Di Diego = "Acts 20:33-34:33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.John 10:11-13:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep."
3 Sara Di Diego = "Hebrews 4:4:4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.”Exodus 28:1: “Have Aaron your brother brought to you from among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, so they may serve me as priests.Exodus 40:13-16:3 Make gold filigree settings 14 and two braided chains of pure gold, like a rope, and attach the chains to the settings.15 “Fashion a breastpiece for making decisions—the work of skilled hands. Make it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen. 16 It is to be square—a span long and a span wide—and folded double."