What Is The Church Of Christ? (by Allen Webster)
The church of Christ dates back to the days of the New Testament (Romans 16:16). It was founded by Christ on the Day of Pentecost, A.D. 33 (Acts 2), not long after His resurrection back to heaven. In the years that followed it rapidly grew to fill Jerusalem, then Judea, Samaria, and finally the whole Roman Empire (Acts 1:8; Colossians 1:23). In America, the first churches of Christ were planted in the late 1700s as the result of a movement begun to go back to the Bible and do Bible things in Bible ways and call Bible things by Bible names (cf. 1 Peter 4:11).
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God (John 20:30-31), that the Bible is inspired of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and that Christ will return to take His kingdom home to God (1 Corinthians 15:24). We emphasize sincere worship (John 4:24), every-member evangelism (Acts 8:4), godly living (Titus 2:11-12), love for each other (John 13:34-35), and helping those in need (James 1:27). We believe the Bible teaches that sinners are saved by learning of Jesus, faith in Jesus, repentance of sin because of Jesus, confession of Jesus, and baptism into Jesus (John 6:44-45; 3:16; Mark 16:15-16; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:38). The church of Christ is organized with elders, deacons, preachers, and members, as in the New Testament times (Philippians 1:1). It has no governing body on earth higher than the local congregation.
The church of Christ is noted for its emphasis upon returning to New Testament Christianity and for its desire to unite all Christians into one body (1 Corinthians 1:10). We believe that the New Testament is the only rule for faith and practice in religious matters (2 Timothy 3:17; 2 Peter 1:3), and that God’s Word must authorize all that is done in Christian worship (Colossians 3:17; Revelation 22:18-19). Thus we try to strictly follow the New Testament. We believe that it is possible to have religious unity in a day of division by simply following the New Testament pattern and putting aside human traditions.
To put it simply, the church of Christ is seeking to be the same church one reads about in the New Testament. We aim to restore its doctrine, its practice, its lifestyle, and its zeal.
Church services have become too complicated. Rock bands, praise teams, drama teams and such make worship entertaining but at an extreme cost. Those not quite talented enough to perform are left in the seats to enjoy an appealing array of entertainment.
It’s called worship but it sure looks more like entertainment.
For many who attend these services there is a gnawing thought that this really isn’t Biblical worship. Something is just not right.
At Gulf Shores, you will discover the beauty of ancient, simple church. Ours is a worship service built upon the principles and practices of the original Christians. It’s the kind of worship Peter and Paul practiced. It’s the worship ordained and authorized by the Lord through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
No chaos. No concerts. No bands. Everyone participates together singing beautiful acapella harmonies to God. Your voice, your worship is just as valuable as anyone else’.
Come home. Come to a simple church service and leave feeling like you have participated in solemn worship, not like a spectator watching from afar.
Come. Come to the Gulf Shores Church of Christ.
Borrowed with permission from Bryant Evans (Eastern Shore Church of Christ)