INTRODUCING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Our Plea

We have been in the community for many years now, but are unknown to many.  For this we apologize and wish to remedy it.  We realize some don’t know anything about the Church of Christ, and we are also aware there is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about our beliefs and practices.  We therefore take this opportunity to introduce to you the Church of Christ.

The first thing we would have you to know is our plea.  Our desire is simply New Testament Christianity.  What is this plea of New Testament Christianity?  It is a plea that starts with Christ and His work.  He came to save man from his sins, so He came with a plan.  This plan included a number of things: it included a church He built with His blood (Matt. 16:18; Acts 20:28); it included a plan of salvation that man must obey to be saved (Rom. 6:17); it included a new law, a new testament, consecrated and brought about by His blood.  In general, the New Testament is this plan for man.  Our plea is to simply go back to the New Testament and it  alone.

This plea is not original, it started when Christ issued the invitation, “Come unto me” (Matt 11:28).  The apostles of Christ took this plea into the world, pointing to Christ as the only hope and savior of man.  How did they do this?  Through the gospel of Christ, (Rom 1:16).  What kind of a plea was it?  Put simply, it was a plea to obey the Lord.  Christ said, “Come unto me,” and the New Testament shows what is involved in this.  To the unbeliever the plea was to believe and be baptized (Mark 16:16); to the believer, repent and be baptized for forgiveness (Acts 2:38); to the unfaithful Christian, it was to repent and pray for forgiveness (Acts 8:22); to those departing from the doctrine of Christ, it was repent and return to His way (Gal. 1:6-9).  The New Testament takes man from where he is and shows him what he ought to and must be if he is to be saved.

What is our plea?  Our plea is the Lord’s plea, for He has given to us through the New Testament this same work, And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (Mat 28:18-19).  Our plea is simply to take the New Testament and apply it to our life, work, and worship, holding up Jesus’ words, Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).

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