Churches of Christ

"Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God"
(Colossians 3:16).

Some Basic Beliefs and Practices

Missionaries included in this list are in full agreement with the plea of churches of Christ, including the beliefs and practices stated below.

Churches of Christ restore the simplicity and purity of the first-century church by limiting their faith and practice to things clearly authorized in the New Testament (1 Peter 4:11; 2 John 9-11; Jude 3; Galatians 1:8,9; Revelation 22:18,19). This is evident in their congregational form of organization with each congregation being led by elders who meet the Biblical qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). Local congregations have fellowship with one another on a world-wide basis, but they do not participate in any kind of centralized organization (Luke 22:25,26; Matthew 23:8-12; 1 Peter 5:1-4).

They believe in the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments (2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).

They believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16), that He died on the cross to redeem man from sin (Romans 5:8,9; Titus 2:14), and that He rose from the dead the third day (Acts 10:39-41).

When Jesus ascended to His Father after forty days, the Kingdom of God was established (Acts 2:29-36; 5:30,31; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20-23; Colossians 1:13,14; Revelation 1:5). On the Day of Pentecost after His ascension, the church came into being (Acts 1:4; 2:41-47).

Salvation is by grace through the sacrifice of Christ (Romans 3:23,24). Sinners can be saved and added to the Lord's body, the church, by believing in Jesus (Mark 16:16), repenting of their sins (Acts 3:19), confessing His name (Romans 10:8-10), and being baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3-6; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26,27; 1 Peter 3:21). To be valid, baptism must be based on faith and repentance, must be by immersion (Colossians 2:12), and must be for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16).

Churches of Christ assemble each first day of the week (Sunday) to remember the sacrifice of Christ by partaking of the Lord's supper (Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1,2). They sing songs of praise to God without instrumental accompaniment (Acts 16:25; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18,19; Colossians 3:16), they pray (Acts 14:23), read Scripture (1 Timothy 4:13) and listen to the preaching of the Word of God (Acts 20:7). Women are valued and active members of the congregation, but they do not speak in the assembly or teach and exercise authority over men (1 Timothy 2:11,12; 1 Corinthians 14:34-36). The church is supported by the freewill offerings of Christians on the first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1,2).

Christ's teachings on upright, moral living are preached and practiced (Matthew 5:20). Divorced people cannot remarry without committing adultery, except for the faithful spouse who divorced the other because of fornication (Matthew 5:31,32; 19:9; Mark 10:11,12; Luke 16:18).