The Basics of the church of Christ, Gary Colley

The New Testament commands, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is within you, with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15). Peter further says, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God… that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ…” (1 Peter 4:11) Brethern in the churches of Christ strive to closely follow these scriptural principles and commands, both in what we speak and what we do.

From the beginning, God’s law has been that all seed will produce after its own kind. We believe the “seed” — the Gospel — that was planted in the first century and made Christians, members of the church of Christ, will produce the same result today wherever it is planted or faithfully spoken. (Genesis 1; Luke 8:11).

The church of Christ was founded by Christ upon the confession of the “rock” that he is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:18). All must make the same confession before entering or being baptized into Christ today. (Romans 10:9-10, 6:3-4). Jesus Christ is the only head. (Ephesians 1:22-23). We wear no name but Christ’s. (1 Peter 4:16). We have no creed — meaning “I believe” — but the New Testament. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) We plead for unity of all believers and therefore must stand against division as being sinful. (John 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:4).

We worship sincerely in accordance with the authority of the Bible, (John 4:24), realizing that our worship is vain if we add things not commanded or used in the early church of Christ. (Matthew 15:9). We seek to save souls by preaching the gospel, teaching godly living, and doing good unto all men. (Romans 1:16; Titus 2:11-12).

You can obey the gospel just as individuals in the first century! “…and many of the Corinthians hearing, believed, and were baptized.” (Acts 18:8). We look, in hope, for the eternal glory with Christ. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). We invite all to read their Bibles and attend the worship

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