What is the Church of Christ?
Churches of Christ believe that Jesus founded only one church and that the current divisions among Christians do not express God’s will. As such they are autonomous Christian congregations associated with one another through common beliefs and practices. They seek to base all doctrines and practices on the Bible alone in order to be the church described in the New Testament. Individuals identify themselves simply as “Christians”.
Their approach to the Bible is driven by the belief that the Bible is sufficiently plain in providing an understandable blueprint in its message to any sincere believer. Churches of Christ teach that God saves and adds to His church penitent believers who have been baptized (immersed) for the forgiveness of sins (John 3:5, Acts 2:38, Romans 6:1-4).
The distinctive plea of churches of Christ is to speak where the Bible speaks and to remain silent where the Bible is silent, to call Bible things by Bible names and to do Bible things in Bible ways. In this way, New Testament Christianity can be restored and religious unity of all believers in Christ can be accomplished.