About the church of Christ
Churches of Christ are scattered throughout most nations of the world. Here in America, well over a million Christians worship in some 13,500 congregations in all 50 states.
- OUR GOAL
Restore the Christianity practiced by the Disciples of Christ in the first century. We strive to be Christians only. We believe that the church Christ established was precisely what he wanted it to be. Over the years, people, not content with the church as Christ designed it, have changed it to fit their ideas of what it should be. The result is hundreds of denominations, differing every conceivable way. Each generation sees further departures from that original pattern created by the Lord. This has resulted in unchristian competition between groups and teaching and activities by some that are a far cry from what Christ left us.
- OUR WORSHIP
We gather to worship the one God of the universe through his divine son, Jesus, our savior and mediator. We rejoice the Holy Spirit who comforts, strengthens and guides us. Our worship is simple like that of the early church. On the Lord's Day, we sing and pray to God; we commune each week in memory of Christ's death; we give to God our offerings and listen to a message from his holy Word.
- OUR PREACHING
and teaching are distinctive. We recognize the New Testament as the governing standard for our personal lives and our congregational activities. We love to study the Bible. While we are interested in current events, politics and social issues, these things should not replace the study of God's Word when we assemble. We gather to receive a message from God, not to be entertained.
We exalt Christ as the hope of the world, teaching all people to believe in Him, (Acts 16:30). Believers are urged to "repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of their sins" (Acts 2:38).
We believe in fellowship among those who love the Lord. When God made Adam he said, "It is not good for the man to be alone" (Gen. 2:18). So he made him a mate. Christ knew that it was not good for his followers to be alone so he gave us the church to be our spiritual family. In the church we find friendship, fellowship, encouragement and strength. We not only worship together, we enjoy meeting together for meals and social interaction. We visit in each other's homes.
- OUR CONGREGATIONS
are self-governing. We choose our own ministers and congregational leaders. We own and control our property. We decide how our contributions will be spent. By studying God's book and prayer, we determine God's will and then do what we understand he expects of us.
- OUR DUTY
We serve our fellowmen. In his parable of the judgment Christ made it clear that doctrine and worship alone will not save us. He is most interested in how we deal with the poor and suffering among us (Matt. 25:32-40). We are dedicated to caring for the elderly, sick and needy not only of our own number but those in our community who have unmet needs. We seek to do good unto all men, especially them of the household of the faith (Gal. 6:10).
- OUR MISSION
Preach the gospel of Christ to the entire world, beginning right here at home. We accept our responsibility to support the preaching of the gospel at home and abroad.
- OUR MEMBERSHIP
Our congregations are for all people. Christ declared that in his kingdom there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, bond nor free (Gal. 3:28). All folks, regardless of their race, nationality, or economic status are welcome in our midst. We love children and want them to be in our worship and Bible classes.
We want to invite you to come, worship and study with us. God loves you, Jesus died for you. We care for you and want to share with you the blessings God has bestowed upon us.