Churches of Christ, in a modern context, are part of the Restoration Movement. In the late 1700′s and early 1800′s, leaders in many religious groups (Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, etc.) came to realize that their differing doctrines and resulting divisions could not be pleasing to the Lord. They determined to put away creeds written by men and simply return to the Scriptures, as the source of all religious teaching. In doing this their hope was to leave denominationalism behind and be Christians only.
As a result, we call all religious people to share a unity in Christ and to be a part of the one church that we can read about in the Bible. This non-denominational appeal is not rooted merely in an ecumenical philosophy where everyone believes what he wants. It is founded in the principle that the Bible can be understood and that it must be followed.
We humbly seek to restore the fundamental teachings of Jesus and the practices of the First Century church. We want to “speak where the Bible speaks and to be silent where the Bible is silent.” We do not want to be one denomination among over 400 in America today; we want to be a congregation of Christ’s church displayed in the New Testament writings.
The following will serve to answer frequently asked questions regarding “what we believe.”
There is only one God worthy to be worshipped. In the Old Testament, He was often referred to by the name Jahweh. Belief in or worship of any other deity is idolatry.
God has chosen to reveal Himself to His creation in three ways (often giving rise to the term “trinity”, though that phrase is never used in the Bible). These are distinct in person, but united in will and purpose:
The Bible is God’s only and complete revelation to mankind. It is described as “inspired of God” (II Timothy 3:16), which literally means, “God breathed”. While the Bible was clearly given to us as a religious guide, it demonstrates amazing historical, archaeological, and scientific accuracy. It is God’s tool for communicating Himself and His will to us. In its pages we discover what we should believe and how we should live.
The Bible (which means “book”) is actually made up of 66 books. These books were written by about 40 men over a period of 1500 years. Despite this great diversity, the unity of the biblical message is extraordinary. The Bible is divided in two distinct divisions.
Man was created in God’s image, but our first ancestors (Adam & Eve) chose to violate God’s rule and suffered God’s punishment — banishment from the Garden of Eden. In a similar way, we are born without sin, but when we choose to violate God’s will, we stand spiritually lost. God’s great love motivated Him to send Jesus Christ, His son, to die on the cross. This sinless sacrifice makes possible our forgiveness. God calls on us to freely receive this offer of saving grace.
Worship is man’s offering of adoration to God; the creation praising its Creator. It is our response to God’s great works of creation, revelation, blessing, and redemption. Certainly this praise and thanksgiving is offered daily, but the Bible describes Christians gathering more formerly as a group to offer their worship (Hebrews 10:25). This parallels the family sacrifices of the Old Testament, festival days under the Law, and the synagogue services at the time of Christ.
In these Sunday (Lord’s Day) services Christians offer their worship in five specific avenues:
Christians are called to live lives that honor the Lord. Our character should reflect such spiritual qualities as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). We desire to be salt and light, so that the world will be a better place because we are here.
We do not live like the world. Though we fall short of our goal, we still strive daily to think like Jesus (Philippians 2:5-8) and to follow in His steps (I Peter 2:21-23). Love is to be the trademark of the Christian (John 13:34-35). This should be evident in our relationships with family, church friends, and even our enemies.
When this life is over, we will all be judged by God based on the way we have lived our lives. It is crucial that at that time all of our sins have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and that He confesses us before the Father. There are only two Judgment Day verdicts:
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