What makes the Christian Church/Church of Christ Unique?
All the churches of Christ greet you. (Romans 16:16)
by Kevin Ziegler, Evangelist

The Christian Church/Church of Christ is a church following Biblical principles.

  • Principles that take us back to the Authority of the Bible.
  • Where the Scriptures speak, we speak. Where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent.
  •  Do Bible things in Bible ways and call Bible things by Bible names.
  •  Book, chapter and verse for everything we believe and practice.

 The Christian Church/Church of Christ is a church that rejects human creeds.

  •  No creed but Christ; No Book but the Bible; No home but heaven.
  •  If creeds say less than the Bible, it doesn’t say enough; if more than the Bible, it says too much; and if it says just what the Bible says, it is unnecessary.
  •  Creeds do not unite; they divide.
  •  As far as I find it consistent with the Word of God.

 The Christian Church/Church of Christ is a church with no denominational affiliation.

  • The church practices local autonomy. This means that each local church is independent of other churches.
  • There is no denominational hierarchy.
  •  Divisions caused by denominationalism are wrong. I Corinthians 1:10-13
  •  Church members prefer to be called simply “Christians” and reject any man-made label.
  •  The Bible only makes “Christians” only.
  •  Each local assembly has Christ as the Head of the church.
  •  Each local assembly selects its own plurality of elders (pastors) and evangelists to assist in evangelizing and equipping the local assembly. – Ephesians 4:11
  •  Deacons are also selected by the local assembly to serve the church in many different ministries.

The Christian Church/Church of Christ is a church which believes that Jesus is the ONLY way.

  • Jesus said this in John 14:6.
  • Peter said this in Acts 4:12.
  • The Bible only presents one way to heaven and that is through Jesus and on His terms.
  • The Biblical plan to salvation is plain and very simple.
  • This Biblical plan can be easily summarized:
    • Hear God’s Word – Matthew 7:24; I Corinthians 15:1-4
    • Believe God’s Word (have faith in it) – Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:1
    • Repent (turning away from sin unto God) – Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30
    • Confess Jesus Christ as the Christ, the Son of the living God – Matthew 10:32, 16:16; Romans 10:8-13
    • Be immersed into Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit – Acts 2:38, 22:16; Romans 6:3-6; Galatians 3:27; I Peter 3:21
    • Live the Christian life showing love and gratitude to God for His salvation, looking forward to His Son’s return – James 1:22-24, 2:20

The Christian Church/Church of Christ is a church that is devoted to the Apostles’ doctrine.

  • They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42
  • This includes weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of the death of Jesus – Acts 20:7.
  •  This includes the preaching and teaching of the Bible.
  •  This includes opportunities for Christian fellowship for growth and edification.

The Christian Church/Church of Christ is a church that believes in unity, but only based in the truth.

  • There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6
  •  In matters of faith, unity; in opinions, liberty; and in all things, love.