A Checklist

A step by step look at the new covenant laws of Christ

The new covenant, as described in the bible, is the standard of authority for everything a christian can do. The bible gives us information about what Jesus requires us to do and is not subject to interpretation. Therefore, we offer the scriptures in this checklist without interpretation simply presenting the scriptures as they are written.

Detail information for each item on the checklist can be found on other pages of this website. In the interest of making this a simple page, each checklist point presents the suporting scripture with a "Reference" (See More) link for more detail on those other pages.

We leave it to the reader to click on the "Reference" links as well as links to the full bible text to further research the laws of Christ.

It is our goal to do only that which the bible allows us to do.

Numbers 4:2
Numbers 4:2

You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
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God requires that we do not change his law in any way, neither adding to it or ignoring any of it. This verse from the old testament shows the nature of God. He requires us to be obedient to him since the day he created mankind.

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  Numbers 22:18
Numbers 22:18

Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak,“Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more.
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Balak son of Zippor who was king of Moab asked Balaam to have God put a curse on the Israelites so he could defeat them (Numbers 22: 1- 18). Even though the king asked him to do this, Balaam understood that when God said no, he requires that we do not change his law in any way, neither adding to it or ignoring any of it. This verse from the old testament shows the nature of God. He requires us to be obedient to him since the day he created mankind.

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  Numbers 24:13
Numbers 24:13

If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord, to do good or bad of my own will. What the Lord says, that I must speak?
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Balak son of Zippor who was king of Moab asked Balaam a second time to have God put a curse on the Israelites so he could defeat them (Numbers 24: 10-13). Even though the king asked him to do this, Balaam understood that when God said no, he requires that we do not change his law in any way, neither adding to it or ignoring any of it. This verse from the old testament shows the nature of God. He requires us to be obedient to him since the day he created mankind.

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Proverbs 30:6
Proverbs 30:6

Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
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God requires that we do not change his law in any way, neither adding to it or ignoring any of it. He required this in the old testament as well as references made in the new testament concerning his new law. This verse in Proverbs tells us if we do we will be found a liar.

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  Revelation 21:8
Revelation 21:8

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
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According to Proverbs 30:6, if we add to his words we will be found a liar. This verse in Revelation states that all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

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graphics/check The law of the Lord:

The law of the Lord is perfect ....

Psalm 19:7-11
Psalm 19:7-11

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.

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graphics/check A new covenant to replace the old covenant

The old covenant (law) was done away and a new covenant established.

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Jeremiah 31:31-34

Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah ....

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         Hebrews 8:7-8
Hebrews 8:7-8

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second....

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Jesus came to fulfill the old covenant in order to establish the new covenant.

Matthew 5:17-18
Matthew 5:17-18

17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one ot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

         Hebrews 9:14-15
Hebrews 9:14-15

14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

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graphics/check Jesus issued a warning about obedience to the New Covenant

"Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say ...

Luke 6:46-49
Luke 6:46

"But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?"
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Jesus said this as a warning to be obedient to his teaching

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“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven ...

Matthew 7:21-23
Matthew 7:21-23

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
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Jesus said this as a warning to be obedient to his teaching

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Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction ....

Matthew 7:13-14
Matthew 7:13-14

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
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Jesus said this as a warning to be obedient to his teaching

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graphics/check Jesus said to his apostles (only) about truth

"When I leave you, I will send a Helper, the Spirit of truth, who will guide you into all truth."

John 14:16
John 14:16

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, the Spirit of truth

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         John 16:7-8
John 16:7-8

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

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         John 16:13
John 16:13

When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth

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All Truth, inspired by the Spirit of truth, was recorded in the bible for our instruction

2 Timothy 3:16-17
2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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graphics/check Jesus said "I will build MY CHURCH"

Matthew 16:18
Matthew 16:18

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

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graphics/check The church is both spiritual and earthly / local

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graphics/check Organization of the local church

Christ is the one and only head of the churcn
Elders / Pastors
Deacons
Evangelists / Preachers
Teachers
Members

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An Evangelist / Preacher is not a pastor

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graphics/check There is no organization higher than Jesus Christ

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graphics/check NAME of the Church

The bible does not specify a particular name for the church on earth,
it is identified by several   NAMES .   Of these names, faithful christians have chosen the name "church of Christ" to identify the Church that Jesus built.

graphics/check The work of the church is

Preaching the Gospel, Benevolence and Edifying the members    

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graphics/check How Does One Obtain Salvation?

HEAR the Gospel
BELIEVE in Christ
REPENT of sins
CONFESS Jesus is the son of God
BAPTIZED for the remission of sins
Live faithfully the rest of your life

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graphics/check Once saved a person becomes a member of the spiritual (universal) Church that Jesus built and will identify with an earthly local church.

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Once a person becomes a member of the local earthly church, that person will participate in the following:


graphics/check COMMUNION a remembrance of the new covenant

Jesus "instituted" the communion as the new covenant in His blood

Matthew 26:26-28
Matthew 26:26-28

26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.
28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

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         luke 22:17-20
luke 22:17-20

17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves;
18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

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The only specific time was on the first day of the week

Acts 20:7
Acts 20:7

Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread ....
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The first day of the week is the only day the early Christians, guided by the Helper, observed the communion. It is observed every first day of the week.

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graphics/check Singing

Without the use of a mechanical instrument

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graphics/check Contribution

Members of the local church support the local congregation (only)

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