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We strive to be just Christians. Christians are followers of Christ as the word itself indicates. There is no need for further qualification. One who is a follower of Christ needs only His word as recorded in the Bible, along with the inspired writers chosen by Him, to know what is required of Him (II Tim. 3:16-17).

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If we follow the teachings of man-made creeds, we are no longer followers of Christ, but followers of men (Jn.8:31).

Think about it. If you have to use another title other than “christian” for others to know what you believe and practice, there may be a difference between you and the saints of the N.T.

  1. What Does a church of Christ Teach?
  2. What is a church of Christ?
  3. What Does Christ Say We Are?
  4. Why the name a church of Christ?
  5. How does Christ teach His church to worship?
  6. How does Christ add me to His church?
  7. What does a church of Christ teach?

What does this church teach? Nothing! Nothing that is, except what Jesus teaches. That is our goal. Truth has nothing to do with what we think and everything to do with what Jesus teaches. We are not so bold to claim it is “our way or the highway.” We believe Jesus is The Way, for He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:16). Man-made Religion nowadays is complicated, but the Christianity from above, which we practice, is simple.

Consider this: Say you borrow a recipe for world-famous chocolate chip cookies from a master baker. You prepare the cookies exactly according to the recipe, and they taste great! When you share the cookies with others, do you say it’s your recipe? No. It belongs to the baker. Now let’s say you change the recipe and take out the chocolate chips and add peanut butter. Will you get world-famous chocolate chip cookies? Nope – the baker wouldn’t want you saying that you used his recipe, either. In this same way we do not want to change the recipe of a church from Jesus’ original teachings, or that church is no longer His – no longer a church…of Christ.

Once, a well-meaning couple asked for a copy of our creed book. We don’t have one because the Bible contains Jesus’ recipe. If we create a creed with less than the Bible, it has too little. If we make a statement of faith that has more than the Bible, it has too much. We want Jesus’ recipe for Christianity, so why not just have the Bible?

So what does Jesus teach concerning His church?
What is a church of Christ?

The word “church” in the Bible’s original language (Greek) means the “called out ones” – those “called out” of the world’s lifestyle by the gospel to Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:14). So a church of Christ is a group of people who belong to Jesus: nothing more, nothing less, nothing added, nothing taken away.

In New Testament times, each local assembly of God’s people was Christ’s church. Jesus had people at Philippi, Corinth, and Jerusalem, etc. (Philippians 1:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 8:1; Romans 16:16). They weren’t denominations but gatherings of Christians. The term “church” just describes a relationship, so churches of Christ today should be the same – not elaborate organizations but just Christians coming together in Christ. This relationship is important to our spirituality. That these groups were of Christ describes their relationship to Jesus. Therefore, in the rest of this article, the emphasis will not and cannot be on what we teach, but rather on what Christ teaches.

What Does Christ Say We Are?

Saved by Christ – The church literally is the saved (Ephesians 5:23), NOT the method, organization or place where you get saved. Instead, the Bible says that ALL who believe in Jesus resulting in repentance, confession and baptism are then saved and added to Christ’s one church (Acts 2:37-47). The saved in Samaria consisted of those who had believed and been baptized after hearing the things concerning God’s kingdom (i.e. God’s church), and the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 8:5,12). We here in the Winston-Salem congregation have done the same. We were lost in sin once but now have been totally forgiven and come together to worship and to enhance our spiritual growth. Would you like to be forgiven of your sins and become part of a church of Jesus Christ?

Subject to Christ – Jesus is “the head over all things to the church” (Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:24). We have no synods or conventions to guide us, no earthly headquarters. We are not part of any centralization or association of churches. What governs us is the authority of Christ (Matthew 28:18; Colossians 3:17). That is why we are a church . . . of Christ.

Although saved and subject to Christ, we are not perfect. You’ll find happy and grouchy people; friendly people and shy; loving and cantankerous folks. We don’t claim perfection, just forgiveness. We’re on a journey becoming Christ-like. That’s why we worship together, stick together, and with God’s help, make a difference in each other’s lives. Yes, we have faults and failures. That’s why we continually need the blood of Jesus. Here you will find people who love Christ, His church – and you. We are saved by Christ and subject to Him. Are you interested in joining us in this blessed journey? Are you interested in simple Christianity?

Why the Name a church of Christ?

If our emphasis is on what Christ teaches, doesn’t it make sense for scripture to call us a church of Christ? In New Testament times, God’s people were called: the church (Acts 5:11); church of God (1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Timothy 3:15); body of Christ (Colossians 1:24; Eph.4:12); church of the first born (Hebrews 12:23); churches of Christ (Romans 16:16). These were not different denominations, nor different titles, but simply different descriptions of the same people. When asked about the name of this church, my reply is “Winston-Salem church of Christ, but any other name you find in the bible, we go by that one too!”

How Does Christ Teach His Church to Worship?

Jesus teaches that Christians must worship according to the New Testament (John 4:24). We pray (Acts 2:42), sing (Colossians 3:16), study (Acts 20:7), observe the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Acts 20:7), and contribute as we have prospered to the work of Jesus’ church (1 Corinthians 16:1,2).

As the service begins, you will notice that we engage only in these simple acts of worship as authorized by the New Testament.

We sing from the heart without any kind of instrumental music, teaching and reminding one another as well as honoring God (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). You will not hear a band, but you will hear our hearts.

On the first day of the week, Sunday, we come together to observe the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7). All Christians partake of the fruit of the vine (grape juice) and the bread in memory of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-29).

In addition, during services, the regular attending Christians give to the Lord’s work (1 Corinthians 16:1,2). We will not ask you to contribute to this collection, nor do we take up any other collection throughout the week. This collection funds all the work of this church. We have no other fundraisers such as bake sales or raffles. We are God’s children giving to God’s work.

Our worship service is scriptural, orderly and reverent. God is not a God of confusion and disorder. He wants our worship conducted decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:33,40). There is no speaking out or praying aloud by many people at the same time. In addition, there are no entertainment or recreational activities.

We come to study, worship, and encourage each other spiritually. Jesus teaches only those acts of worship described in the New Testament are acceptable and pleasing to God. All of these actions of worship are privileges of the members of the Lord’s body and in no way do we force them on our visitors.

How Does Christ Add Me To His One Church?

Jesus adds to His church those saved (Acts 2:47) through FAITH (John 3:16). Is saving faith only mental or does it require obedience (Romans 1:5; 16:26)? REPENTANCE (Acts 2:38), CONFESSION (Romans10:10) and BAPTISM (Mark 16:16) define belief because each is an expression of obedience to the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). As we cannot be saved without the entire gospel, we cannot be saved without all expressions of belief in that gospel. We believe Jesus Christ, the Son of God, descended from Heaven, died on the cross for our sins, was buried (hence baptism is an immersion in water) in a tomb for three days, and then was resurrected. That is the gospel. Believing Jesus died for our sins, we repent. Believing Jesus is the Son of God, we confess with our mouth Him as Lord. Believing He was buried and resurrected, we are buried into our own tomb, and spiritually resurrected through baptism. When we believe, repent, and are baptized/immersed only then do we receive God’s grace because that is when we show our belief in Jesus and His gospel. Saving faith is obedience to the gospel…it’s that simple.

After being saved by Jesus, we then join one of His local groups of followers…a church of Christ to worship God and grow spiritually.

There are myriads of churches, all differing in name, in creed, and in practice – claiming to only teach what Jesus’ teaches. How can we be sure which church is of Christ and which is of man? By examining what a group teaches and practices against the only standard available…Jesus and His words (John 12:48). Come visit us and help us teach what Jesus teaches, and nothing more. That’s true spirituality; that’s simple Christianity!

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