The Basics of the church of Christ, by 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 asked you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear (I Peter 3:15).”  Peter says further, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God … that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ… (I Peter 4:11).”  Brethren in the churches of Christ strive to follow closely these scriptural principles and commands, both in what we speak and do (Colossians 3:16-17).

God’s law, from the beginning, is that all seed will produce after its kind.  We believe the “seed,” the Gospel, that was planted in the first century and made Christians, members of the church of Christ, will also produce the same result today where ever it is planted or faithfully spoken (Genesis 1, Luke 8:11).  The church of Christ was founded by Christ upon the confession “rock” that He was “the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  All must make the same confession before entering or being baptized into Christ today (Romans 10:9-10, Romans 6:3-4).  Jesus Christ is the only head (Ephesians 1:22-23).  We wear no name but Christ’s (I Peter 4:16).  We have no creed (meaning “I believe”) but the New Testament (II Timothy 3:16-17).  We plead for unity of all believers and therefore must stand against division as being sin (John 17:20-21, I Corinthians 1:10, Ephesians 4:4).  We worship sincerely in accordance with the authority of the Bible (John 4:24), realizing worship would be vain if we added 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 to all men (Romans 1:16, Titus 2:11-12).  You can obey the Gospel just as individuals did 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 (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).  We invite all to read their Bible and attend the services of the church of Christ.

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