What is the Church of Christ?
What is the Church of Christ and its History?
The church of Christ is dated back to the times of the New Testament (Romans 16:16). The Christian church was founded by Christ on the Day of Pentecost, A.D. 33 (Acts 2), shortly after Christ’s ascension back to heaven. In the following years, rapid growth took place that filled Jerusalem, back then Judea, Samaria and eventually the entire Roman Empire (Acts 1:8; Colossians 1:23). In the US, the first churches of Christ were established in the late 1700s. This movement was created through the need to live life through the Bible according to Bible scripture and Bible ways and call Bible things by Bible names (cf. 1 Peter 4:11).
Church of Christ Beliefs and Doctrine Through the Bible
The church of Christ believes Jesus is the Son of God (John 20:30-31), that the words of the Bible is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and that Christ will return to take His kingdom home to God (1 Corinthians 15:24). The church of Christ emphasizes: sincere worship (John 4:24), every-member evangelism (Acts 8:4), godly living (Titus 2:11-12), love for each other (John 13:34-35), and helping people in need (James 1:27).
The church of Christ believes that the Bible teaches sinners are saved by learning of Jesus, confession of Jesus and baptism into Jesus (John 6:44-45; John 3:16; Mark 16:15-16; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:38). The church of Christ is a non-denominational church that is organized with elders, deacons, preachers and members, duplicate to the church created in New Testament times (Philippians 1:1). There is no governing body on earth higher than the local congregation itself.
The Church of Christ – A Place for Everyone
Christ’s church is made up of diverse people and backgrounds (1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 3:27-28). All members, no matter their ethnicity, economic level and educational background, are welcome and made to feel comfortable during times of service. Truly, everyone is welcome to join in our worship services.
Family and Bible School is Emphasized
Bible school is a high priority with the church of Christ. It is a God-given responsibility to share the teachings and scripture of the Bible to church visitors, members and especially the children. Children are important and the church of Christ assists parents in revealing to them their purpose and destiny through the scripture. Children should learn about their Creator, Redeemer, Lord and Savior early on in life (Ecclesiastes 12:1; Matthew 19:14). Children have been birthed into confusing times in this world. Bible school and classes will ground them and learn the truth and depict right from wrong.
Beautiful Singing (a capella – without musical instruments)
The entire congregation sings a capella just as it happened in New Testament times (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). Guests to the church of Christ may sing along or feel free to listen and take in the meaning of the song. Many first-time visitors compliment on the beautiful sound of a cappella singing and find it easier to focus on the words and meaning without the distraction of musical accompaniment.
Videos of a cappella singing at different church of Christ congregations.
Lord’s Supper Observed Every Sunday
The church of Christ observes communion each Sunday, just as it was done in the New Testament times (Act 20:7). Commemorating Christ’s death and celebrating His promised return, is a highlight of the weekly worship services. “This Do In Remembrance of Me”
Bible-Based, Centered Around Christ, Heaven-Bound
When visiting a church of Christ, you will be surrounding yourself with like minded people who want to learn more about the Bible and Christ’s teachings and following the instructions and lessons to prepare yourself for Heaven. Every sermon, lesson and class will based on teachings based on the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Visitors and members alike are encouraged to bring along their Bibles and follow along with the quoted scriptures and versus that back the lessons and sermon being taught. Christ is exalted through prayer, songs, sermons and the way we live our lives (Colossians 1:18). The beautiful promise of heaven for God’s faithful children lends an air of hope throughout the church during worship (Revelation 21).