Churches of Christ, Who are these people?

This post is written from the notes I took last Sunday morning. Many ask or may want to know about my faith and consequently if I attend any congregation, what congregation it is, and why. First let me say that I believe the Bible to be God's inspired word. (1 Cor 2:12-13, 2 Timothy 3:16–17), That implies that I accept the Bible as the only guide for our actions and guidance for those who want to be His children or who already His children strive to live a faithful life.

Since the Garden of Eden, men have shown a tendency to alter the message of God. Today many churches have become burdened down with man made traditions, failing to fulfill Christ's plan for them. The only solution is to return to the Bible - (Amos 3:3: Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

The spirit of churches of Christ is to go back beyond denominations to the purity and simplicity of the 1st century church. (Gal. 1:6-9; Rev. 22: 18-19). To walk in agreement with God and be united, it has to be on what God has said, in accordance with the Gospel.

God's church does not have overseeing boards, organizations, or conventions. God's church in the New Testament did not have any super structure. In that regard, His Church is not a denomination.

* Each local church is self ruled and independent of all other congregations.
* Each local church is overseen by qualified elders appointed from among its own members. (Tit. 1:5, Phil. 1:1). Not every church of Christ that has that name is a true church of Christ.

First century worship was very simple, it focused on  participation rather than being a spectator.

* In worship we join together in singing praises to our God. Eph. 5:19. (It was hundreds of years after the first century that instruments were added to the worship service).
* We partake of the Lord's supper each first day of the week, as did the first century church. Acts 20:7
* We give generously to our God. 1 Cor. 16:1-2
* We pray together and study His word together, as our Lord indicates in the Scriptures.

Christ clearly outlines that in His word.
* Faith in Jesus, Jn 8:24
* Repentance of sins, Acts 17:30
* Confession of faith that Jesus is the Son of God, Rom 10:9
* Baptism for the remission of sins. Acts 2:38, Rom 6:3, Gal 3:27

All these are not dictated or decided by the members or elders but by God.

3 opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, Silvia, the last several days I have been pondering where our spiritual guidance comes from too!! On Saturday, I finished reading "Who Needs God" by Harold Kushner, and re-reading parts of "The Wonder of Boys" and then typed up a realy long post on teaching values, morality and spirituality in a more general sense. I attend Disciples of Christ and my boys will learn this Christian tradition and beliefs but I also recognize that the "how to" of that can be applied to other religions. My husband is Ojibwe so perhaps this is why I am so willing to include his Creator as my God too.

Thank you for posting your congregation as I have wondered too because I find your Faith and care shown to others to be a shining example Christ's love for us.

Turning to the Bible for guidance is something I want to do more often but also feel I need a translator for it. I am beginning a Bible study with a friend that I am very excited about.

It is truly uncanny (amazing!) how we are pondering similar issues at the same time.

Much love to you. Cori

Silvia said...

Cori, as you say we seem to have a mind in sync when it comes to the things we ponder and blog about.
Turning to the Bible for guidance is something that will never fail you. If we lived closer I would love to join your Bible study, but don't hesitate to ask me privately or openly about any questions you may have, or topics you'd like to discuss. After all, thanks to the Internet, we could be connected with our Bibles in front of us, and we can listen to His teachings through the Scriptures.
I remember that first feeling as you say of 'needing a translator', I heard so many lessons being preached when I had never read the Bible by myself. But little by little, as I heard verses being mentioned int those lessons and in Bible studies I was able to discern the Gospel and respond to Its call.

Stay in touch and let me know how those Bible studies go. (I've seen your post about home made pop tarts...) You are having a lovely summer already, your boys are growing so much.


Anonymous said...

Thank you Silvia, if my friend who is busy with 5 kids cannot study with me, I'll let you know. =)


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