Origin of the Church of Christ
The Church of Christ was established in 33AD and in the city of Jerusalem. Bible prophecies had indicated that the Church would start from Jerusalem and spread to the rest of the world (Isa. 2.2-3; Mic. 4.1-4; Zec. 1.16). The prophecies were fulfilled on the Pentecost (Act. 2.1-4). The Apostles of Christ and people from many nations witnessed the beginning of the Church (Mar. 9.1).
Jesus Christ promised to build His Church (Mat. 16.18). He called it “My Church” meaning that He personalized the ownership of the Church. He purchased the Church with His own blood and became the founder of the Church (Act. 20.28; 1 Cor. 3.11). By the sacrifice of His blood, He became the Saviour of the body, the Church (Eph. 5.23).
Fundamental beliefs of the Church of Christ:
- We believe that the Bible is the Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 –“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Saviour of the world. He died on the cross and God raised Him from the dead. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one goes to the Father except by Him (Joh. 14:6).
Act. 2.32-33 -"This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.”
Acts 4.12 -"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
- We believe that those who hear the word, believe, repent, confess that Jesus is God’s Son, and are immersed in water by baptism into Him for the remission of their sins, are added to His Church, which is His Body.
Acts 2:38 –“Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 2:46-47 –“Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is present in the life of every Christian to empower us to live in obedience to God’s word.
Romans 8:11 –“But if the spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.”
- We believe that worshiping God now should be based on the teachings of the New Testament as outlined in the following principles and examples:
Prayers. Early Christians prayed as Jesus taught them: without ceasing (1 Th. 5.17-18), in the spirit (Jude 20; Eph. 6.18) and with understanding or with their minds (1 Cor. 14.15).
Teaching. The teachings directing the worship of the early church were the apostles’ doctrines (Act. 2.42). The use of Scripture to guide and instruct for every good work characterizes the church. (2 Tim. 3.16-17).
Communion. Partaking of the Lord’s Supper or communing at the table with Him (1 Cor. 10.16-17) is the only feast Christ instituted for His remembrance and is to be taken on the first day of the week (Act. 20.7, 1 Cor. 11.23-30).
Singing. Praising the Lord in songs does not involve the use of instrumental music. Rather we sing with grace in our hearts to the Lord (Col 3:16, Eph. 5.19), offering God the fruit of our lips (Heb. 13.15; Jas. 5.13).
Giving or Collection. Christians cheerfully give of their means for the work of the church every Sunday, and it is not by the Law of Tithe but by free will as we are prospered and without compulsion (2 Cor. 9:1-8; 1 Cor. 16.1-2).
The Mission of the Church
The mission of the Church of Christ is in threefold:
(1) To believe and teach the truth of God as we have the opportunity and ability to the entire world.
(2) To strengthen and edify the Church so that Christians do not fall away and
(3) To take care of the poor and needy.
These fundamental beliefs are common in all the congregations of the Church of Christ and you can easily identify the Church with the practices of these beliefs.
We humbly invite you to worship with any congregation of the Church of Christ to witness and experience the New Testament Christian worship and fellowship.
We look forward to meeting you whenever you can worship with us.