world will tell a person that anyone who believes in Jesus is the Church
of Jesus, or the body of Christ. Is that all? Is that the
does scripture say about it....
People who are truly converted to Christ 'join' His church:
And they were converted unto the Lord, and were united unto
the church of Christ, and thus the people of that generation were
blessed, according to the word of Jesus.
The church bears His Name.
And they were called the church of God, or the church of
Christ, from that time forward.
And it came to pass that whosoever were desirous to take upon them
the name of Christ, or of God, they did join the churches of God; and
they were called the people of God.
Church members must first have faith in Christ, and be willing to
take His Name upon them:
... for no man can be saved, according to the words of Christ, save
they shall have faith in his name;
And none were received unto baptism, save they took upon them the
name of Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end.
Church members must come to Him with a broken heart and a contrite
...neither did they receive any unto baptism, save they came forth
with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and witnessed unto the
church that they truly repented of all their sins.
Church members must have come in by repentance:
11:129 For behold, this is my church: whosoever is
baptized, shall be baptized unto repentance.
Nephi 8:48 And as I have prayed among you, even so
shall ye pray in my church, among my people who do repent and are
baptized in my name.
Body (i.e. members) must have come in by Baptism:
12:13 And they who were baptized in the
name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.
Body (i.e. members) must receive the gift of the Holy Ghost:
And after they had been received in baptism, and were wrought upon
and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered
among the people of the church of Christ,
Holy Ghost comes to members by the Laying on of Hands, in the
Name of Jesus:
And he called them by name, saying, Ye shall call on the Father in
my name, in mighty prayer; and after ye have done this, ye shall have
power that on him whom ye shall lay your hands, ye shall give the Holy
Ghost; and in my name shall ye give it, for thus do mine
Church must be built upon Christ's Gospel to have God's power
manifest in it:
And if it so be that the church is built upon my gospel, then
will the Father shew forth his own works in it;
Can one receive the Kingdom of God without these steps?
Nephi 5:39 And again I say unto you, Ye must
repent, and become as a little child, and be baptized in my name, or
ye can in no wise receive these things.
Church' equals those who have faith, exercise repentance, reflect a
broken heart and contrite spirit, receive Baptism by water, Receiving
the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end being built upon
Jesus' (true) Gospel.
Now the church met to partake of
the sacrament, or the bread and wine (i.e. communion) in remembrance of
the sacrifice of Jesus Christ:
And the church did met together oft, to fast and to pray, and
to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls: and
they did meet together oft to partake of bread and wine, in
remembrance of the Lord Jesus;
Finally, what was the term 'worthiness' defining when in 3 Nephi 8:60-62
when Jesus said some were 'unworthy' to partake of His flesh and blood
(i.e., the sacrament, or communion)?
3 Nephi 8:60
And now behold, this is the commandment which I give unto you, that ye
shall not suffer any one knowingly, to partake of my flesh and blood
unworthily, when ye shall minister it, for whoso eateth and drinketh
my flesh and blood unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to
3 Nephi 8:61
Therefore if ye know that a man is unworthy to eat and drink of my
flesh and blood, ye shall forbid him; nevertheless ye shall not cast him
out from among you, but ye shall minister unto him, and shall pray for
him unto the Father, in my name,
is this 'unworthiness?' Does it mean that they don't deserve Jesus
next verse supplies the answer! 'Unworthiness' in this context,
simply describes those who have not yet joined 'the church' as Jesus
prescribed (i.e. faith, repentance, baptism, etc. together are synonymous
for those of 'the church.')
3 Nephi 8:62
And if it so be that he repenteth, and is baptized in my name,
then shall ye receive him, and shall minister unto him of my flesh and