WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MY CHURCH BELIEFS
September 6, 2006 2:48pm CST
What We Believe Churches of Christ date back to the days of the New Testament (Romans 16:16). Christ ushered in the Church on the day of Pentecost, A.D. 33 (Acts 2), just fifty days after His crucifixion. In the years that followed these churches (assemblies –"ecclesia") rapidly grew to fill Jerusalem, then Judea, Samaria and finally the whole earth (Acts 1:8; Colossians 1:23). Organized and distinct groups with the name Churches of Christ are seen emerging in America late in the post- reformation period (1700’s). In our modern era the growth of the Churches of Christ as a religious group has been rapid in North America and throughout the world, undergoing various forms of reorganization and affiliation within different regions. The Churches of Christ believe in the sovereignty and grace of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in creation, revelation, redemption, and judgment (Luke 3:22, John 14:26), that Jesus is the Son of God (John 20:30-31), that the Bible is inspired of God (II Timothy 3:16-17), and that Jesus will return to take His followers home to be with God (I Corinthians 15:24). Jesus was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-25), worked amazing miracles (Matthew 8), and was raised from the dead on the third day (Matthew 28:1-5; I Corinthians 15:3-4). The Church of Christ tries to emphasize Christianity as seen by the believers in the New Testament and desires to unite all Christians into one body (I Corinthians 1:10). We believe that it is possible to have unity by simply following the New Testament pattern of respect and love for one another and by putting aside disputable matters (Romans 14:1). While we believe both the Old and New Testament give us rules for our faith, we view the New Testament as the primary guide for our practice (II Timothy 3:17; I Peter 4:11). We believe the Bible teaches that sinners are saved by faith, repentance, confession, and baptism because of God's grace (John 3:16; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8). The mature fellowships in the Churches of Christ are organized with Elders, Deacons, Evangelists, and members (Philippians 1:1). We emphasize sincere worship (John 4:4), every-member evangelism (Acts 8:4), godly living (Titus 2:11-12), love for each other (John 13:34-35), and helping those in need (James 1:27).
• United States
24 Sep 06
i have a hard time believing the ideas that a taught in church but i have nothing bad to say about church i was raised in baptist church i think the thing i have comed to realize is everyone needs something to believe in to keep going weither it be the tooth fairy or santa clause or the church some people just choose to believe in god