The Bible refers to the church Jesus is building. It is the church constructed and owned by Christ. Later the Bible reminded readers the churches of Christ sent salutations. It is true, Jesus is continuing to build his church. His true church is comprised of believers whom He judges to be members; not our judgment of who's in. His true church is being built by Him; not by us. The Word neither requires nor implies His church to be called by a certain and legal name.
The Churches of Christ sitting on various street corners and upon hillsides around the globe are a denomination. God didn't make it that way. We and our well-intended forefathers have developed yet another religious organization. While many in the Church of Christ have parroted the "we are not a denomination" our fruit betrays us. If Martin Luther were a member of the Church of Christ he would be nailing a list of "Where in the Bible did you get this?" on our doorposts.
I love life in the Church of Christ. It's not perfect. We aren't the only ones saved. We have not cornered the market on Truth. Yet, we do make effort to grow into His Truth. A huge part of that process is relinquishing long-held stances which did not come from scripture. Those who break denominational Church of Christ tradition find themselves in the similar line of fire Jesus and disciples faced when encountering the Pharisees.
Part of the beauty of being identified with the Churches of Christ is the growing interest and devotion to peeling away the religious habits which have been done so long it was assumed the apostle Paul did church the same way. We simply have proof among ourselves we have a long way to go; scholars and common folk alike.
For any who believe we have completely restored the N.T. church, how do you think Jesus or Paul would feel if they could see us pinch a crumb from a plate and sip a tablespoon of grape juice and call it any sort of supper.....let alone the Lord's? By His mercy we are part of the church of Christ, very much in the wonderful state of kindergarten. I look forward to years of continuing to grow into the system of the real church of Christ.