What to Expect When You Visit the Church of Christ

The church of Christ dates back to the days of the New Testament (see Romans 16:16). It was founded by Christ on the Day of Pentecost, A.D. 30 (Acts 2), fifty days after His ascension to heaven. In the years that followed, it rapidly grew to fill Jerusalem, then Judea, Samaria, and finally the whole Roman Empire (Acts 1:8; Colossians 1:23). In America, the first churches of Christ were planted in the 1700s as the result of a movement to “go back to the Bible” and do Bible things in Bible ways, and call Bible things by Bible names (1 Peter 4:11). This restoration movement has now spread all around the world.

We believe that Jesus is the Son of God (John 20:30-31), that the Bible is inspired of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and that Christ will return to take His kingdom home to God (1 Corinthians 15:24).

We emphasize sincere worship (John 4:24), every-member evangelism (Acts 8:4), godly living (Titus 2:11-12), love for one another (John 13:33-34), and helping those in need (James 1:27).

We believe the Bible teaches that sinners are saved by learning of Jesus, having faith in Jesus, repenting [changing one’s mind] of sin, confessing our faith in Jesus, and being baptized [immersed] into Jesus (John 6:44-45; John 3:16; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9-10).

The churches of Christ are organized with elders, deacons, and members as in New Testament times (Philippians 1:1). It has no governing body on earth higher than the local congregation.

The church of Christ is noted for its emphasis upon returning to New Testament Christianity and for its desire to unite all Christians into one body (1 Corinthians 1:10). We believe that the New Testament is the only rule for faith and practice in all matters that are related to pleasing God (2 Timothy 3:17; 2 Peter 1:3), and that God’s Word must authorize all that is done in this life (Colossians 3:17; Revelation 22:18-19). We follow the New Testament but we use the Old Testament in harmony with New Testament instructions (Romans 15:4).

We believe that it is possible to have religious unity in a day of division by simply following the New Testament pattern and putting aside human traditions.

To put it simply, the church of Christ is seeking to be the same church one reads about in the New Testament. We aim to restore its doctrine, its practice, its lifestyle, and its zeal.

We desire to be God’s called out people, His kingdom, His family, His shepherd, His temple, His Son’s body, and His army until He sends Jesus back for the judgment day.

 

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