What is the Church of Christ?
Church of Christ. First of all, one of the most outstanding statements of the Bible is recorded in Matthew 16:18. Furthermore, on that occasion, Jesus promised, “Upon this rock I will build my church.” Finally, having promised to build his church, the Lord kept his promise and established his church in the city of Jerusalem as recorded in Acts chapter 2. The church began in that day when about 3,000 obeyed the Gospel and were added to the Lord’s church. Acts 2:41-47.
While the apostles and early Christians continued preaching God’s Word, Jesus’ church grew rapidly and congregations were established in various places. Acts 2:38. These congregations were all part of the same church, the church belonging to Christ. In fact, in that day, there was only one church. Jesus had promised to build his church, and He built it.
New Testament Church is the Church of Christ
The thousands of denominations of our day did not exist in the first century when Jesus built his church. This is why there is no mention of denominations in the New Testament. Rather, we read of “the church” Acts 8:3, “the body of Christ”, 1 Corinthians 12:27, and “the church of the Lord” Acts 20:28. All of these terms refer to the one church of the New Testament.
We have to get back to Christs’ Church
Especially relevant, denominations were not started until long after Jesus had built His church. Therefore, the Church of Christ today believes and teaches that it is possible to be members of Jesus’ church, without being part of any denomination. We do not identify ourselves as members of a denomination, but rather as Christians who are members of Jesus’ church. We use the term “churches of Christ salute you”. Romans 16:16. It is our conviction that if we believe, teach, and practice what was believed, taught, and practiced in the first century, we can be today what they were back then: members of the church of Christ.
This article was written by Mark Lindley, and believed by this writer.
We encourage you to attend a Church of Christ near you.
In Christian Love,
Bill Arnold, Minister
Ridgeway Church of Christ
YOU MUST DO THESE THINGS to Become a Christian
Becoming a Christian, Saved, Born Again, In Christ, or becoming a new creature all talk about salvation.
1) You must believe and confess that Jesus is the son of God. John 8:24 Jesus said you must believe that He is the Christ the Son of the living God. Matthew 10:32-33, Acts 8:36-37 further tells us to confess that Jesus is God’s son.
2) Luke 13:3 Jesus said you must repent of your sins.
3) Mark 16:16 Jesus said you must be baptized.
4) Live faithfully unto death. 1 John 1:2
Therefore, as a new creature, a Christian, we will live faithfully unto death and then arise to live forever with God. This is the God who loves you, who wants you to be his child. You can become the child of a King!
Won’t you heed His word?