Who is the Church of Christ

Who is the Church of Christ, and what do we believe?

We are a group of some 9000 independent congregations in the United States, consisting of about 1,500,000 adherents, and around 27,000 churches of Christ around the world (to include the United States).  We are not bound together by acceptance of a common human creed or catechism or confession of faith or by any kind of ecclesiastical hierarchy, such as a convention or conference.
We share a common faith, we worship alike; and we preach the same gospel.  We are bound together as "Churches of Christ" by three important factors:
-    A common love for God and His Son Jesus Christ.  God is the Father of us all, and Jesus Christ who redeemed all of us is our only Savior.  He is also elder brother to all who are redeemed by His blood
-    Our love for one another
-    A strong commitment to being biblical in our faith and work and worship and teaching

What do Churches of Christ believe?

-    We believe in one God (1 Corinthians 8:4), the God of the Bible, manifested in three ways: God the Father (Matthew 6:9) , God the Son (John 1:1-14), and God the Holy Spirit: and these three are on 1 John 5:7
God knew the need and He planned the scheme for human redemption.  Christ procured it.  And the Holy Spirit revealed it.
-    We believe the Bible is the inspired, God-breathed word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  We believe the Bible is absolutely authoritative and that it completely supplies the child of God with everything he needs for the direction of his life with God in this world. We believe it directs him in his work for the Lord, in his worship, and in his relationships. As scripture says, it furnishes him to every good work.
-    We believe that any human creed, if it contains more than the Bible, contains too much.  If it contains less than the Bible, it contains too little, and if it contains the same as the Bible it is superfluous and useless.
-    We believe that some behavior is sinful.  That isn't being judgmental; that is just one of the facts of life.  And because God says it in His Bible Romans 5:12
-    We believe, because the Bible teaches it, that God requires the sinner to believe in His Son in order to be forgiven (John 3:16).  It isn't a request or a helpful suggestion; it is an absolute necessity, a requirement, a command.
-    We believe "if you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed" (John 8:31).

Bible references for the "Church of Christ"

It's Founder - Christ
He is the purchaser, Acts 20:28
His is the builder, Matthew 16:18
He is the law giver, Acts 2:36
He is savior, Ephesians 5:23

It's Foundation -- The Son of God
"This rock -- the Christ of God", Matthew 16:18
The "laid foundation," 1 Corinthians 3:11
The "tried" foundation, Isaiah 28:16
The apostolic foundation Ephesians 2:20

It's Origin -- A.D. 33 in Jerusalem
After hades tried but failed to hold its builder, Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:31
While apostles lived, Mark 9:1
When the Holy Spirit and power came, Mark 9:1; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4
When the "word of the Lord" went "forth from Jerusalem," Isaiah 2:2; Luke 24:49
It's Designations -- By Apostolic Authority
Christ called it:
"My Church, "Matthew 16:18
"My Kingdom, "Luke 22:30; John 3:5
"The Kingdom of Heaven, "Matthew 16:19
"The Kingdom of God, "John 3:5; Luke 22:16
Apostles called it:
"The Church," Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22; 3:10; 5:23-32
"The Church of the Lord," Colossians Acts 20:28
"Churches of Christ" Romans 16:16
"The House of God," I Timothy 3:15
"The Household of God," Ephesians 2:19
"The Household of Faith," Galatians 6:10, 31
"The Kingdom of God's dear son, "Colossians 1:13
"A Kingdom which cannot be shaken," Hebrews 12:28
It's Membership -- Persons who:
Hear the word of the gospel, Romans 10:17; Acts 18:8
Believe the gospel, Acts 18:8; I Corinthians 1:2
Repent of their sins, Acts 8:37; Romans 10:10
Are baptized:
Buried, Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12
In water, Acts 8:36-39; 10:47-48
To wash away sins, Acts 2:38
To be saved, I Peter 3:21
Into to Christ, Galatians 3:27
Into the body, the church, I Corinthians 12:13
It's Worship -- In Spirit and In Truth
Communion, I Corinthians 10:16; 11:20-30; Acts 20:7
Singing, Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16
Praying, Acts 2:42; I Thessalonians, 5:17, 25
Giving, I Corinthians 16:1-1; II Corinthians 9:6-7
Teaching, Acts 2:42; I Timothy 3:15
It's works -- Saving Souls
Preaching the gospel, I Thessalonians 1:8; II Corinthians 11:8; Philippians 4:14-18
Providing for its poor, Acts 4:34-35; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 5:16
Edifying itself, Ephesians 4:11-16
"As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one."
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" "That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;"
"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood."
"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ."
"For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body."
"Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste."
"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;"
"He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption."
"And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power."
"Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold," And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;" "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;" "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:" "From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love."
"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name."
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. "There was a man sent from God, whose name was John." "The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe." "He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light." "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not." "He came unto his own, and his own received him not." "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."


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