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                    * Seek to duplicate the non-denominational church of the first century.

                    * Take the bible as our supreme and only guide.

                    * Reject doctrines and practices that were introduced after the close of the new testament.

                    * Seek to be Christians only.

                    * Believe this is the one and only way to unite all who are seeking to follow Christ.

 

              The apostle Peter once wrote, "Sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord, being ready always to give

       answer to every man that asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear"

       (I Peter 3:15.) Christians are admonished to be ready at all times to give a reason for the faith which

       they hold.

 

 

              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 land 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.

 

 

              One of the earliest advocates of the return to new testament Christianity, as a means of achieving unity

       of all believers in Christ, was James O'Kelly of the methodist episcopal church. In 1793 he withdrew from

       the Baltimore conference of his church and called upon others to join him in taking the bible as the only

       creed. His influence was largely felt in Virginia and North Carolina where history records that some seven

       thousand communicants followed his leadership toward a return to primitive new testament Christianity. In

       1802 a similar movement among the baptists in New England was led by Abner Jones and Elias Smith.

       They were concerned about "denominational names and creeds" & decided to wear only the name Christian,

       taking the bible as their only guide. In 1804, in the western frontier state of Kentucky, Barton W. Stone and

       several other presbyterian preachers took similar action declaring that they would take the bible as the "only

       sure guide to heaven."

              Thomas Campbell, and his illustrious son, Alexander Campbell, took similar steps in the year 1809 in

       what Is now the state of West Virginia. They contended that nothing should be bound upon Christians as a

       matter of doctrine which is not as old as the new testament. Although these four movements were completely

       independent in their beginnings eventually they became one strong restoration movement because of their

       common purpose and plea. These men did not advocate starting a new church, but rather a return to Christ's

       church as described in the bible. Members of the church of Christ don't conceive of themselves as a new

       church started near the beginning of the 19th century. Rather, the whole movement is designed to reproduce

       in contemporary times the church originally established on Pentecost, A.D. 30. The strength of the appeal lies

       in the restoration of Christ's original church.

 

 

              The most recent dependable estimate lists more than 15,000 individual congregations of the church of

       Christ. The "Christian Herald," a general religious publication which presents statistics concerning all the

       congregations, estimates that the total membership of the church of Christ is around 2,000,000. There are

       more than 7000 men who preach publicly. Membership of the church is heaviest in the southern states of the

       United States, particularly Tennessee and Texas, though congregations exist in each of the fifty states and in

       more than eighty foreign countries. Missionary expansion has been most extensive since the second World

       War in Europe, Asia and Africa. Many full time workers are supported in foreign countries. The church of

       Christ now have five times as many members as were reported in the U.S. Religious Census of 1936.

 

 

              Following the plan of organization found in the new testament, church of Christ congregations are

       autonomous. Their common faith in the bible and adherence to its teachings 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. Members of the church of Christ conduct

       colleges and secondary schools, as well as orphanages and homes for the aged. There are magazines and

       other periodicals published by individual members of the church. A nationwide radio and television program,

       known as "In Search of the Lord's Way" is supported by Christians and churches of Christ across the

       country. There are no conventions, annual meetings, or official publications. The "tie that binds" is a common

       loyalty to the principles of the New Testament.

 

 

              In each congregation, which has existed long enough to become fully organized, there is a plurality of

       elders or presbyters who serve as the governing body. These men are selected by the local congregations on

       the basis of qualifications set down in the scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-8). Serving under the elders are deacons,

       teachers, and evangelists or ministers. The latter do not have the 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 is no earthly authority superior to the elders of the local

       church.

 

 

              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 scriptures is

       made in settling every religious question. A pronouncement from the scripture is considered the final word.

       The basic textbook of the church and the basis for all preaching is the bible.

 

 

              Yes. The statement in Isaiah 7:14 is taken as a prophecy of the virgin birth of Christ. New testament

       passages such as Matt. 1:20, 25, are accepted at face value as declarations of the virgin birth. Christ is

       accepted as the only begotten Son of God,] uniting in his person perfect divinity and perfect manhood.

 

 

              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 evidence that God did not predestine individuals to be eternally saved or lost, but that each man

       determines his own destiny.

 

 

              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 baptisms as given

       by the apostle Paul in Romans 6:3-5 where he speaks of it as a burial and resurrection.

 

 

              No. Only those who have reached the "age of accountability" are accepted for baptisms. 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.

 

 

              No. Ministers or evangelists of the church have no special prerogatives. They do not wear the title of

       Reverend or Father, 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.

 

 

              God the Father is considered the only one to whom the prayers may be addressed. It is further

       understood that Christ stands in a mediatorial position between God and man (Hebrews 7:25). All prayers

       are therefore offered through Christ, or in the name of Christ (John 16:23-26).

 

 

              This memorial is celebrated every first day of the week "Sunday". A central part of the worship is the

       eating of the Lord's supper (Acts 20:7).

 

 

              As a result of the distinctive plea of the church, a return to new testament faith and practice, "a cappella"

       singing is the only music used in the worship. This singing, unaccompanied by mechanical instruments of

       music, conforms to music used in the apostolic church and for several centuries thereafter (Ephesians 5:19).

 

 

              Yes. The statement of Christ in Matthew 25, and elsewhere, are taken at face value. It is believed that

       after death each person must come before God in judgment & that they will be judged according to the

       deeds done while they lived. (Hebrews 9:27).

 

 

              No. The absence of any reference in the scriptures to the temporary place of punishment from which

       the soul will eventually be released into heaven prevents the acceptance of the doctrine of purgatory.

 

 

              Each first day of the week the members of the church "lay by in store as they have been prospered"

       (1 Corinthians 16:2). The amount of any individual gift is generally known only to the one who gave it and

       to the Lord. This free will offering is the only call which the church makes. No assessments or other levies

       are made. No money-making activities, such as bazaars or suppers, are engaged in.

 

 

              No. At least, there is no creed in the usual sense of the word. The belief of the church is stated fully

       and completely in the bible. There is no other manual or discipline to which the members of the church of

       Christ give their allegiance. The bible is considered as the only infallible guide to heaven.

 

 

              In the salvation of person's soul, there are 2 necessary parts, God's part and the person's part. God's

       part is the big part, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift

       of God, not of works, that no man should glory". (Ephesians 2:8-9). The love which God felt for us, led him

       to send Christ into the world to redeem us. The life and teachings of Jesus, the sacrifice on the cross and the

       proclaiming of the gospel to all people constitute God's part in salvation. Though God's part is the big part,

       our part is also necessary if we are to reach heaven. We must comply with the conditions of pardon which

       the Lord has announced. Our part is clearly set forth in the following steps: Hear the Gospel. "How shall they

       call on him whom they have not believed, and how shall they believe him whom they have not heard, and

       how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14).

 

       * Believe. "And without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing 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).

 

       * 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).

 

       * 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 answerred & said, I believe that Jesus Christ is

          the Son of God" (Acts 8:36-37).

 

       * Be baptized for the remission of sins. "And Peter said unto them, repent ye, and be baptized everyone

         of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins and ye shall receive the gift of the

         Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).

 

       * Live a Christian life. "Ye are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own

          possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His

          marvelous light" 1 Peter 2:9).

 

 

               Now that you are aware of a church in the 21st century which is built according to the blue prints 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 century did. 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. Come with us as we go back to the bible, back

       to Christ and his church! We invite you to honor us with a visit. Come and see for yourself, all are welcome.


TRUST!