The Church of Christ was established in Jerusalem on the first Pentecost after the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 2:2-3; Acts 2). This church would have a distinctive founder, builder, head, body, mission, plan of salvation, membership, worship, name, organization, doctrine, and work (Isaiah 28:16; Ephesians 2:20; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:4; Mark 16:15; Acts 2:38; Acts 2:47; John 4:24; Ephesians 5:19; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians 11:22-26; Acts 11:26; Colossians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 15:58). The Church of Christ is the church of the New Testament.
Plea of Churches of Christ
The Church of Christ pleads for a return to New Testament Christianity. We speak where the Bible speaks and keep silent where it is silent, calling Bible things by Bible names and doing Bible things in Bible ways. "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29).
What You Will Find When Visiting With Us
We offer Bible classes for all ages. The early church met to study the apostles' doctrine/teaching of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:42; 2 John 9).
The New Testament commands us to sing "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs" to the Lord (Matthew 26:30; Acts 16:25; Romans 15:9; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12; 13;15; James 5:13). This is the reason we do not employ mechanical instruments of music in our worship to God.
The early church was a praying church (Acts 2:42). We follow the New Testament pattern in praying to God the Father through Christ the Son (John 14:14; Matthew 6:9).
Every Sunday, we are commanded to observe the Lord's Supper (Acts 2:42; 20:7). Jesus left us the unleavened bread to remember his body, and he left us the fruit of the vine to remember his blood which was shed for the remission of our sins (Matthew 26:26-28).
Preaching is also an act of New Testament worship (Acts 20:7). We teach and preach the Word of God (2 Timothy 4:2). The gospel of Christ is God's power to save (Romans 1:16).
Another act of worship is giving back to God a portion that we have earned (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). We are to give liberally (2 Corinthians 9:6) and cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7).