The Church of Christ is a non-denominational congregation of Christians. It originated in Heaven in the mind of God and was set up on earth in the city of Jerusalem on the first Pentecost following the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Lord (Ephesians 3:8-11; Acts 2). The Church of Christ emphasizes the use of only the New Testament to find doctrine, ecclesiastical structure, and moral beliefs, while maintaining that the Old Testament is also the inspired Word of God, is historically accurate, and that its principles remain true and beneficial (although its laws are not binding under the new covenant in Christ unless otherwise taught in the New Testament).
The pattern of worship service of the Church of Christ is given in the New Testament. The day of worship is the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). The worship service which is conducted in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24) consists of the following acts: singing, preaching, praying, giving and the Lord's Supper.
Churches of Christ are autonomous in government. Each one is independent of all others. Each one has its own leadership. The tie which binds all the churches is their common faith in the God and the adherence to the teachings of the New Testament. There is no central headquarters of the church. Each congregation, however, is governed by a group of Elders selected from among its members (I Timothy 3 and Titus 1). The elders are assisted by deacons.
On the day of Pentecost, after Christ went to Heaven, the apostles received the Holy Spirit, and Peter preached
the first sermon. His preaching was about Jesus. He told the people that Christ died for the sins of the world.
After he had finished preaching, the people were pricked in their hearts and they asked the apostles "men and brethren
what shall we do?" Peter's answer was "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2).
The New Testament clearly gives the answer to this important question which consists of the following steps: Hear the Gospel (John 5:24-25), believe that Jesus is the Christ (John 8:24), repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus is the Christ (Matthew 10:32), and be baptized (Acts 2:38).
The word baptize comes from the Greek word "baptizo" and literally means, "to dip, to immerse, to plunge."
In addition to the literal meaning of the word, immersion is practiced because it was the practice of the
church in apostolic times. Still further, only immersion conforms to the description of baptism as given
by the apostle Paul in Romans 6:3-5 where he speaks of it as a burial and resurrection.
The Bible does not teach infant baptism because the purpose of baptism is to remove sin by the blood of Jesus Christ (Act 2:38; 22:16). Sin is defined by the Bible as the breaking of the law of God (I John 3:4). Infants don't have sin and as such infants cannot be baptized until they have reached the age of accountability.
In Churches of Christ we must have authority in the Word of God for everything we do in the work and worship of the
church (Colossians 3:17). Regarding music in worship, the New Testament authorizes singing, unaccompanied by
There is no evidence in New Testament to indicate that the first century church used instruments in worship, and because all New Testament scriptures (Ephesians 5:18-19, Hebrews 13:15) that command or refer to worship in song only mention singing. The Churches of Christ basically follow this pattern.
The only day mentioned in the Bible for eating the Lord's Supper is the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). The first day of the week (Sunday) is the day Jesus Christ arose from the dead (Luke 24:1). According to what was recorded in Acts 20:7, the early Christians worshiped and took the Lord's Supper on every first day of the week. The Churches of Christ also follow this pattern.
Jesus is the Son of God in the flesh who came to this earth to set the perfect pattern for man's behavior and then
to give his life for us to have forgiveness for our sins. He is our Saviour. Jesus was with God in the beginning of
the heavens and the earth! He was involved in the creation of everything (John 1:1-3, 14; Hebrews 1:1-3).
The birth of Jesus through a virgin (Luke 1:26-35) was foretold about 750 years prior to his coming to earth (Isaiah 7:14). Jesus spent about three years on earth ministering and doing the will of his father (God). During this time he performed many miracles and preached the good news.
Jesus was eventually crucified, buried and arose from death on the third day after his crucifixion (Mathew 26-28). After appearing several times over a period of few weeks, Jesus ascended back into the heavens from which he will eventually come again (Acts 1:10-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-17).
When Jesus was ascending back to the heavens, two men in white robes said to the disciples "Men of Galilee, why do
you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as
you saw him go into heaven" (Acts 1:10-11).
So when will this happen? No-one knows the time of Christ's return to earth. Matthew 24:36 says No-one knows about that day or hour, not even angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Paul also wrote in I Thessalonians 5:2 "for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night". So the time of Christ's return will be unexpected, with no warning.
Jesus will be revealed from heaven and descend with the angels (II Thessalonians 1:7; I Thessalonians 4:16). Christ shall raise the dead (John 5:28-29). Those who are alive and remain will be changed (I Thessalonians 4:17). Christ will judge the whole world (Matthew 25:31-46). The universe will be destroyed by fire (2 Pet 3:10-11). The faithful will be granted an entrance into heaven and the unfaithful will then be cast into hell and punished forever (Matthew 25:34, 41 and Revelation 20:15).
Christians are followers of Christ (Matthew 16:24). We strive to be obedient to His teaching (John 3:36). We are everyday people who acknowledge that we are sinners and that only Christ can set us free from our sins (Romans 8:1-2)