What is the church of Christ?
“And you shall know the truth and the truth
shall make you free.” John 8:32
We are a congregation of believers who strive to be followers of Christ based solely on the teachings of the New Testament. We endeavor to teach and obey the authority of God’s word in all things and to function as the first century church we read of in the Bible. Accordingly, we refer to ourselves as Christians and not by any denominational or secular name. We believe this to be possible to all who will learn, believe and be guided by the plain teaching of the word of God. Jesus declared such to be “the seed of the kingdom” (Luke 8:11). A fundamental truth in nature is that a specific kind of seed, when planted will always produce after its kind. For example, wheat will produce wheat; corn will produce corn. In like manner, the word of God, when planted in the hearts of honest people, and obeyed, will produce Christians just as it did in the first century – nothing more and nothing less.
As a church we have no human head. The head of the New Testament church is Christ, Ephesians 5:23. We have no earthly headquarters, nor are we tied to any organizational superstructure. As the first disciples did , we assemble, worship, and work as an autonomous congregation.
We identify ourselves as a church of Christ as spoken in Romans 16:16 as this expression describes the church which belongs to Christ.
Since God has vested all authority in Christ (Matthew 28:18), and since He serves as God’s spokesman today (Hebrews 1:1-2), it is our conviction that only Christ has the authority to say what the church is and what it should teach. And since the New Testament sets forth Christ’s instructions to His disciples, it must serve as the basis for all that we practice and teach.
The churches of Christ have no modern bureaucracy, but are each autonomous (self-ruled) and independent of each other. The only tie that binds the many congregations together is a common allegiance to Christ and the Bible. Each congregation is governed locally by a plurality of elders selected from among the members. These men must meet the specific qualifications for this office as given in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. There may also be deacons who meet the qualification established in 1 Timothy 3.
Our worship consists of things we find the 1st century church doing as listed in the Bible. We believe the pattern is important. Jesus said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth,” (John 4:24). Therefore we must have the right attitude toward God. And we must have the right information.
To worship God according to truth is to worship Him according to His word, because His word is truth (John 17:17). In matters of religion we walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). Since “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17), anything not authorized by the Bible cannot be done by faith … and whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23).
The five items of worship as observed by the first century church were singing, praying, preaching, giving, and eating the Lord’s Supper.
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