What is the Plea of the Church
It is primarily a plea for religious unity based upon
the Bible. In a divided religious world it is believed
that the bible is the only possible common denominator
upon which most, if not all, of the God-fearing people
of the world can unite. This is an appeal to go back to
the Bible. It is a plea to speak where the Bible speaks
and to remain silent where the Bible is silent in all
matters that pertain to religion. It further emphasizes
that in everything religious there must be a "Thus
saith the Lord" for all that is done. The objective
is religious unity of all believers in Christ. The basis
is the New Testament. The method is the restoration of
New Testament Christianity.
Are the Churches Organically Connected?
Following the plan of organization founded in the New
Testament, churches of Christ are autonomous. Their common
faith in the Bible and adherence to its teaching (only
from the Bible) are the chief ties which bind them together.
There is no central headquarters of the church and no
organization superior to the elders of each local congregation.
Congregations do cooperate voluntarily in supporting the
orphans and the aged, in preaching the gospel in new fields,
and in other similar works.
In each congregation, which has existed long enough to
become fully organized, there is a plurality of elders,
also called presbyters, bishops, shepherds, etc. who serve
as the governing body. These men are selected by the local
congregation on the basis of qualifications set down in
the Scriptures (I Tim. 3:1-7). Serving under the elders
are deacons, teachers, and evangelists, also called ministers.
The latter do not have authority equal to or superior
to the elders. The elders are shepherds or overseers who
serve under the headship of Christ according to the New
Testament, which is a kind of constitution. There are
no earthly authority superior to the elders of the local
What does the Church of Christ believe
about the Bible?
The original autographs of the sixty-six books which make
up the Bible are considered to have been divinely inspired,
by which it is meant that they are infallible and authoritative.
Reference to the Scripture is made in settling every religious
question. A pronouncement from the Scriptures is considered
the final word. The basic textbook of the church and the
basis for all preaching is the Bible.
Do members of the Church of Christ
believe in the Virgin Birth?
Yes. The statement in Isaiah 7:14 is taken as a prophecy
of the virgin birth of Christ. New Testament passages
such as Matthew 1:20, 25, are accepted at face value as
declaration of the virgin birth. Christ is accepted as
the only begotten Son of God, uniting in his person perfect
divinity and perfect manhood.
Does the Church of Christ believe
Only in the sense that God predestines the righteous to
be eternally saved and the unrighteous to be eternally
lost. The statement of the apostle Peter, "Of a truth
I perceive that God is no respecter of persons, but in
every nation he that feareth him and worketh righteousness
is acceptable unto him" (Acts 10:34-35) is taken
as an evidence that God did not predestine individuals
to be eternally saved or lost, but that each man determines
his own destiny.
Why does the Church of Christ baptize
only by Immersion?
The word baptize comes form 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 a resurrection.
Is Infant baptism practiced?
No. Only those who have reached the "age of accountability"
are accepted for baptism. It is pointed out that the examples
given in the New Testament are always of those who have
heard the gospel preached and have believed it. Faith
must always precede baptism, so only those old enough
to understand and believe the gospel are considered fit
subjects for baptism.
What is the ministers role?
Does the preacher hear confessions? No. Preachers, ministers,
or evangelists of the church have no special prerogatives.
They do not wear the tile of Reverend, Father, or Pastor,
but are addressed simply by the term Brother as are all
other men of the church. Along with elders and others
they do counsel and advise those seeking help.
Can women have a leadership role
in the Church?
Women are vital to the chruch. They do many things within
the church to help it be successful. They are teachers
in the childrens classes, as well as, in all womens classes.
But as we see in 1 Timothy 2:11 - 12 a women is not to
take a leadership role over a man (Christian man).
Are prayers addressed to saints?
No. God is considered the only one to whom prayers may
be addressed. It is further understood that Christ stands
in a mediatorial position between God and man (Heb. 7:25).
All prayers are therefore offered through Christ, or in
the name of Christ (John 16:23-26).
How often is the Lord's Supper eaten?
It is expected that every member of the church will assemble
for worship on each Lord's day. A central part of the
worship is the eating of the Lord's supper (Acts 20:7).
Unless providentially hindered, each member considers
this weekly appointment as binding. In many instances,
as in the case of illness, the Lord's supper is carried
to those who are hindered from attending the worship.
What kind of music is used in worship?
As a result of the distinctive plea of the church - a
return to New Testament faith and practice - a capella
singing is the only music used in the worship. This singing,
unaccompanied by mechanical instruments of music, conforms
to the music used in the apostolic church and for several
centuries thereafter (Eph. 5;19). It is felt that there
is no authority for engaging in acts of worship not found
in the New Testament. This principle eliminates the use
of instrumental music, along with the use of candles,
incense, and other similar elements.
By what means does the Church secure
Each first day of the week the members of the church "lay
by in store as they have been prospered" (I Cor.
16:2). The amount of any individual gift is generally
known only to the one who gave it and the Lord. This free-will
offering is the only call which the church makes. All
moneys stay with the local congregation to be used by
the elders as they see fit to aid fellow Christians, benevolence,
and to spread the boarders of God's Kingdom through evangelism.
If you have question about how our money is being used,
visit our Mission Work Link.
What is the belief of the Church
of Christ concerning divorce?
Because of the statement made by Christ in Matthew 19:3-9,
and elsewhere, it is believed that marriage is binding
until death. The only exception is in the case of adultery
on the part of one of the parties to the marriage. In
such cases it is believed that the innocent marriage partner
is no longer bound by the marriage ties. Divorces, for
the myriad causes known to modern society, are not recognized
How does one become a member of
In the salvation of man's soul there are two necessary
parts: God's part and man's part. God's part is the big
part, "For by grace ye have been saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not
of works, that no man should glory" (Eph. 2:8-9).
The love which God felt for man led him to send Christ
into the world to redeem man. The life and teaching of
Jesus, the sacrifice on the cross, and the proclaiming
of the gospel to men constitute God's part in salvation.
Though God's part is the big part, man's part is also
necessary if man is to reach heaven. Man must comply with
the conditions of pardon which the Lord has announced.
Man's part can be clearly set forth in the following steps:
1. Hear the gospel. "How then shall they call on
him whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe
in him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear
without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14)
2. Believe. "And without faith it is impossible to
be wellpleasing unto him; for he that cometh to God must
believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them
that seek after him" (Hebrews 11:6)
3. Repent of past sins. "The times of ignorance therefore
God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should
all everywhere repent" (Acts 17:30)
4. Confess Jesus as Lord. "Behold here is water;
what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If
thou believeth with all thy heart thou mayest. And he
answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the
Son of God" (Acts 8:36-37)
5. Be Baptized for the remission of sins. "And Peter
said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of
your sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit"
6. Live a Christian life. "Ye are an elect race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's
own possessions, that ye may show forth the excellencies
of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous
light" (I Peter 2:9)
Now that you are aware of a church in the present which
is built according to the blueprints of Christ's original
church, why not become a member of it? In becoming a member
of it you will be called upon to do nothing which you
cannot read in the New Testament. You will then live and
worship just as the apostle-guided Christians of the first
Not only is this return to New Testament Christianity
a wonderful basis upon which all believers in Christ can
unite, it is absolutely solid ground. If we do just what
our Lord commanded, we know that our salvation is certain.
We want to be as Abel, pleasing to the Lord through unselfish
obedience. We do not want to be as Cain was, changing
God's commands because we feel our way is just as good
as God's way, either through ignorance or selfishness.
We must always go to the word (Bible) for direction. Come
with us as we go back to the Bible, back to Christ and