Consider the churches of Christ ...continued from homepage.
Our contention is that they joined no denomination. Indeed, denominationalism such as we know it in today’s world did not even exist then. They simply obeyed the Good News and were added by the Lord to his church. They wore no sectarian name, adopted no denominational creed, and belonged to no ecclesiastical hierarchy. They were simply children of God, members of the church, and later came to be called Christians (Acts 11:26)
Churches of Christ plead for a return to that same church with that same simplicity. We do not claim to be a denomination. We find no denominations in New Testament times, but we do find the church purchased by the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28). Our goal is to be that church -- nothing more, nothing less -- just basic New Testament Christians, as people were in the First Century.
We teach the same plan of salvation--faith, repentance, confession, and baptism (immersion) for the remission (forgiveness) of sins. We practice the same worship--teaching, giving, observing the Lord’s Supper, praying, and singing praises to God (Acts 2:42; Ephesians 5:19). We follow the same congregational organization -- elders, deacons, saints (Philippians 1:1), without offices and positions unknown to the original Christians.
If you want to be just what people were in the New Testament, then we urge you to consider churches of Christ. We strive to speak where the Bible speaks and to remain silent where the Bible is silent.
Our Mission ...continued from home page.
In more detail, the Restoration Plea is...
Ephesians 4:4 - The Desire to Be the New Testament Church Today. The idea here is not to clone the New Testament church in all of its incidentals, but to take the apostolic teaching or ideal about the church as found in the New Testament as our model and guide--not the First Century church as it actually existed with all of its imperfections and historical limitations--and apply those teachings in our modern age.
Galatians 5:19-21 - The Desire to Practice the Pre-denominational Unity of the Church. True unity in Christ refuses to recognize the present denominational divisions of Christendom as God's desired condition for his people.
2 Corinthians 3:18 - The Desire to Restore People to the Image of God. The restoration of the New Testament's outward marks of the church is a means to the end of restoring man to fellowship with God. Unless this is achieved, all else is in vain.