Through the world are congregations of Christians who have obeyed the commands which our Blessed Lord said for sinners to obey to be saved. These Christians meet for worship and are organized into local congregations. They belong to no denomination. They have no central government or earthly headquarters. Each congregation is independent, taking the New Testament as its sole and only authority in religion. The members insist that if we believe the same things the early Christians did, and do the same things they did, it will make us the same thing. Paul was a member of no denomination, yet he was a Christian and a member of the Lord’s Church.
The church of Christ was established on Pentecost day, A.D. 33, as we read in Acts 2. Every saved person was added to the church (Acts 2:47), thus the church is composed of all Christians on earth, and every saved person is in it. The members of the church were called “Christians” (Acts 11:26), a name which the Lord gave (Isa. 62:2). All names of human origin are condemned (1 Cor. 1:12-13; Acts 4:12).
“The Word of God is the seed of the King” (Luke 8:11). This seed produced Christians when first planted. If we plant the same seed today, we will reap the same product. The life is in the seed. If there were not a Christian on earth today, you might become one by believing, repenting, confessing your faith in Christ, and being baptized. If there were not a church of Christ on earth, we might start one by obeying the gospel the apostles preached. Paul went to Corinth and preached the Gospel and “many of the Corinthians hearing, believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:8). Paul later addressed them as the “church of God” and “the body of Christ” (1 Cor. 1:2, 12:27).
Nineteen centuries have passed since the beginning of the church (now, nearly twenty – DR), but we still have the same truth. We have today the same church unchanged in name, doctrine, organization, faith, and practice. We dare not use any creed except the New Testament (2 John 9). We must not add to our worship any doctrine or commandment of man (Matt. 15:9). Our plea is for unity – not simply union in diversity – but for all time on the platform of God’s Word (Eph. 4:4-6). We plead no merit of our own – only the merit of Christ’s shed blood and of His holy Word. The New Testament is the inspired Word of God and is superior to any human confession of faith (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Will you not join with us in standing on the solid rock of God’s Word?
“The churches of Christ salute you” – Romans 16:16b.
From Midtown church of Christ