WHAT IS THE CHURCH OF CHRIST?

The Church of Christ is a Bible based group of New Testament Christians seeking to teach and preach the plan of salvation which was set forth with the establishment of the Church on the Day of Pentecost. The Church of Christ pleas for religious unity based upon the Bible. In a divided religious world it is believed that the Bible is the only possible common denominator upon which most, if not all, of the God-fearing people of the land can unite. This is an appeal to go back to the Bible. It is a plea to speak where the Bible speaks and to remain silent where the Bible is silent in all matters that pertain to religion. It further emphasizes that in everything religious there must be a "Thus saith the Lord" for all that is done. The objective is religious unity of all believers in Christ. The basis is the New Testament. The method is the restoration of New Testament Christianity.

HOW ARE THE CHURCHES ORGANIZATIONALLY CONNECTED?

Following the plan of organization found in the New Testament, churches of Christ are autonomous. Our common faith in the Bible and adherence to its teachings are the chief ties which bind us together. There is no central headquarters of the church and no organization superior to the elders of each local congregation. Congregations do cooperate voluntarily in supporting the orphans and the aged, in preaching the Gospel in new fields, and in other similar works.

DOES THE CHURCH OF CHRIST HAVE A CREED?

No. At least, there is no creed in the usual sense of the word. The belief of the church is stated fully and completely in the Bible. There is no other manual or discipline to which the members of the church of Christ give their allegiance. The Bible is considered as the only infallible guide to heaven.

HOW DOES ONE BECOME A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST?

In the salvation of man's soul there are 2 necessary parts: God's part and man's part. God's part is the big part, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift if God; not of works, that no man should glory" (Ephesians 2:8-9). The love which God felt for man led him to send Christ into the world to redeem man. The life and teaching of Jesus, the sacrifice on the cross, and the proclaiming of the gospel to men constitute God's part in salvation.
Though God's part is the big part, man's part is also necessary if man is to reach heaven. Man must comply with the conditions of pardon which the Lord has announced. Man's part can clearly set forth in the following steps:

  • HEAR THE GOSPEL
    "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14).

  • BELIEVE
    "But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him"  (Hebrews 11:6)

  • REPENT OF PAST SINS
    "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent. (Acts 17:30)

  • CONFESS JESUS AS LORD
    "And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." (Acts 8:36-37).

  • BE BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS
    "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38).

  • LIVE A CHRISTIAN LIFE                                 
  • "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light" ( 1 Peter 2:9)

 

 


Sunday Bible Study 10:00 am, Worship 10:45 am
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Bible Study: 7:00 pm

Location: 2 1/2 miles west of West Plains, MO on hwy 160

Physical Address: 10104 CO RD 8010, West Plains, MO. 65775