What Kind of Church is This?
Perhaps this will help…
I.A Christian church
Our message is that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.” We require no other creed. He alone is Lord and Savior.
II.A church of Christ
The church belongs to Him. We have no authority to change the teachings, rewrite the rules, alter membership requirements, or usurp His place. Christ is the head, the church is His body.
III.A church seeking unity
Members of this church seek to be one in Christ with all others He calls His own.
IV.A church seeking to restore
As much as possible, we imitate the New Testament precedents as we understand them. That is why our baptism is by immersion, our Communion is every Lord’s Day, our leaders are called elders, our preaching is Bible based, Our church name is based on parts of the New Testament, when disciples were called Christians and their congregations were addressed as “churches of Christ.”
V.A Church who abides by the teaching of Christ’s Apostles
The church, Ephesians 2:20 states, is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” What we know about Christ and the church we learned from Jesus’ closest companions, the apostles.
VI.A thinking church
In the Ephesian letter, Paul prays that God will give a “Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. . . .” Christian faith demands the best our minds can give, so we are a studying church, seeking to apply biblical truth intelligently.
VII.A feeling church
We rejoice and praise and pray and love and serve from the heart. We are unashamed of the gospel and we let our excitement show.
VIII.A sharing church
We share our faith and love with as many as we can reach and we give of our means as persons who know that everything we have belongs to God to be used for His purposes.
IX.A free church
We have no bishops or superintendents or national headquarters to determine local church policies. We elect our own leaders, call and support our own ministers, and decide where our mission offerings will go. We are not isolationists, though. Our congregations freely associate with others to accomplish tasks too big for one church alone.
X.A growing church
We want to grow, because we are under Christ’s commission to disciple the world. Our commitment then is to go unto the ends of the earth, preaching and baptizing and teaching, until the whole world has a chance to hear the great news of Jesus Christ.
Adapted From: What Kind of Church Is This? By LeRoy Lawson
Here are some old slogans we like:
- “Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent.”
- “We are Christians only, but not the only Christians.”
- “In essentials, unity; in opinions, liberty; in all things love.”
- “No creed but Christ, no book but the Bible, no law but love, no name but the divine.”