What is the Church of Christ?
You might be surprised how often we're asked that question. Some are under the impression that we are a cult, or somehow associated with the Mormons, or just another denomination in the sea of world-wide churches. Let us briefly describe what the church of Christ is -- as well as what it is not.
First of all, the church of Christ is not a human organization. We don’t mean that humans are not part of it. We simply mean that it is not the creation of humans, nor is it based on human wisdom. The church of Christ was built by Jesus and is based on divine wisdom. On one occasion Jesus told His disciples:
“On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
You can see that Jesus has His church (singular), while men have their churches (plural). The church of Christ was bought and purchased by Jesus with His precious blood. The apostle Paul gave instruction to the elders at Ephesus with these words:
“Therefore, take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of the Lord which He purchased with
His own blood.”
Therefore, the church of Christ is not a denomination, nor is it associated with denominationalism. A denomination is a division. It is a part of the whole. The church of Christ stands opposed to division. The apostle Paul told all true believers:
“Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
1 Corinthians 1:10
The church of Christ is called the body of Christ in the New Testament. Christ is Head over the body, which is the church. Notice this clearly taught by the apostle Paul when he said:
“He [God] put all things in subjection under His [Jesus Christ] feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all.”
Paul went on to confirm that there is only one true body or church of the Lord. In Ephesians 4:4-5 he said,
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism.”
Just as there cannot be more than one Spirit or more than one Lord, there cannot be more than one hope, more than one faith, or more than one body, which is the church. Why then are there so many churches in the world? Because men are not happy with the wisdom of God and so they invent and build their own churches. However, churches built by men can never be acceptable to God. Jesus Himself said:
“Every plant [or church], which my heavenly Father planted not, shall be rooted up.”
The Lord’s church is therefore a divine institution with a divine mission. When Jesus was raised from the dead, He commissioned His followers to:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo,
I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
What is the church of Christ? It is the one true body or faith, built by Jesus, purchased with His precious blood, where salvation is found. It is the temple of the Lord, the household of God
(1 Timothy 3:15). It is made up of all true believers who have obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ, by being baptized into Christ, for the remission of sins, with the promise of salvation and everlasting life.
We welcome you with open arms, to our assembly, where true work in the Lord, and worship of God is found! (Acts 2:38-47).