“…All the churches of Christ greet you”
The church of Christ is made up of Christians who seek to serve Jesus Christ in a non-denominational fellowship of believers who are united because of a common faith and practice. We accept the Bible as our only guide and we strive to be nothing more and nothing less than followers of Jesus.
The church of Christ dates back to the days of the New Testament (Romans 16:16). It was founded by Christ on the day of Pentecost, A.D. 33 (Acts 2), just fifty days after His crucifixion. In the years that followed, it rapidly grew to fill Jerusalem, then Judea, Samaria and finally the whole earth (Acts 1:8; Colossians 1:23).
Each congregation is self-governing and has no national or international headquarters. Each congregation selects spiritual men from among their membership, who meet Biblical qualifications, to serve as elders/shepherds (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9). Deacons are also chosen to direct and administer specific ministries of the church. They must also meet Biblical requirements (1 Timothy 3:8-13). While a congregation may have a local minister or evangelist, each Christian is considered to be responsible for sharing the gospel of Jesus with others (Matthew 28:19-20).
The church of Christ believes that Jesus is the Son of God (John 20:30-31), that the Bible is inspired of God (II Timothy 3:16-17), and that Jesus will return to take His kingdom (church) home to God (I Corinthians 15:24). We also believe that Jesus was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-25), worked marvelous miracles (Matthew 8), and was raised from the dead on the third day (Matthew 28:1-5; I Corinthians 15:3-4).
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 (I Corinthians 1:10). 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.
Our worship is simple. We believe that the New Testament is the only rule for faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 4:11), and that it must authorize all that is done in Christian worship (Colossians 3:17). Following the example of the early church, our worship consists of singing a capella, a weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper, fellowship in prayers, studying Scripture and sharing our material gifts through collectively giving to support good works.
Becoming a member of the church of Christ is the same as becoming a Christian. Nothing further is required. In order to become a Christian, we believe the Bible teaches we are saved by the grace of God and our obedience to Him (Ephesians 2:8). This obedience is shown through our hearing the word (Romans 10:17), believing that Christ is the son of God (Hebrews 11:6), repenting of our sins (Acts 2:38), confessing that Christ is the son of God (Romans 10:9-10), and being baptized/immersed for the remission of our sins (Acts 10:48, 2 Peter 3:21). When one is saved, that person becomes a part of the body of Christ, the church.
We emphasize sincere worship (John 4:4), every-member evangelism (Acts 8:4), godly living (Titus 2:11-12), love for each other (John 13:34-35), and helping those in need (James 1:27).
To put it simply, the church of Christ is seeking to be the same church you read about in the New Testament. We aim to restore its doctrine, its practice, its lifestyle, and its zeal.