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What Are the Churches of Christ

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The churches of Christ are the result of the Restoration Movements that took place in the 1800s here in the United States.  These movements were efforts to go back to the Bible and the church Jesus established (Matt 16:18) in the first century.  The result was a multitude of congregations with no national headquarters or central authority.  The headquarters is considered to be in heaven with Christ as the head of the church (Eph 1:22-23).  The Bible is considered the pattern or authority for all doctrine as well as the work and worship of the church.

As a consequence each congregation is independent or autonomous but have, for the most part, common practices and beliefs.  Many more progressive or liberal congregations are tending to disavow the more traditional practices and beliefs of the brotherhood.  The brotherhood is held together by (1) a common belief in God as the Creator (Gen 1:1) of the universe in six days; (2) faith in Jesus of Nazareth as the only begotten Son of God (Jno 3:16); and (3) a conviction that the Bible is the revealed word  of God (2Tim 3:16-17).  

The New Testament is considered to be the pattern for the work and worship of the church in the twenty first century as it was for the first century.  Positive Biblical authority is required for all doctrine and practices just as it was in both the Old and New Testaments.  

Silence of the Scriptures is generally considered prohibitive rather than optional. This explains the non-use of instrumental music in worship as well as the lack of authoritarian councils or synods.  The Scriptures are not only inspired of God and profitable for doctrine and instruction in righteousness but complete the man of God for every good work (2Tim 3:15-17). 

The primary function of each congregation is to conduct public worship and carry out the commission Jesus gave His apostles (Matt 28:18-20 and Mk 16:15-16).  The mission of the local church is not only to edify the members by the study of the Bible but to carry the Gospel to the lost and dying (Rom 1:16-18).  

The preaching of the Gospel and teaching the Bible was done without charge in the first century and it ought to be the same in the twenty first century.  That is why our literature, tracts, and books are distributed without charge.

Dale I. Royal, Evangelist