The simple origin of the New Testament church may be located at the point where Jesus began to specifically CALL disciples to Himself -- following His message from Peter's fishing vessel on the Sea of Galilee; (Matt. 4:18-19, 21; Mark 1:16-17, 19; Luke 5:10). Here, for the first time, Jesus began to gather around Himself a circle of disciples who would accompany Him wherever He went. His call was of a people already prepared by the message and baptism of John the Baptist.
Thus, the church was founded by Jesus Christ during His own personal ministry, and before Pentecost. This appears to be an exclusively
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