The Church of Christ

Organization of Church of Christ

Lesson 4: The Catholic Church is famous for its worldwide hierarchy which peaks in the office of “Pope,” a seat fully unknown to Peter or any of the other apostles who walked with Jesus. Protestantism has generally erected a similar type of organization in which local congregations forfeit their scriptural autonomy to leaders with power over regions or the whole. Any church that follows the New Testament, however, will respect the pattern for organization and governing found in God’s will. When there were no denominations during the writing of the New Testament, every…

Undenominational Nature of the Church of Christ – “Is Christ divided?”

Lesson 3:  In the first century, not a single denomination existed among Christians anywhere. There existed only the church that Jesus built, with her individual members assembled in local congregations. Denominationalism began to rise during the Protestant Reformation and today there are hundreds of major sects. Because this division is not authorized in the New Testament, it is not a proper state for Christ’s church. The church of Christ today endeavors to foster unity under no creed but the Bible…

Recognition of Bible Authority

Lesson 2: The authority of God in men’s lives has always been an important principle, but one just as often neglected or ignored. Bible authority for the church and its individual members is established on the pages of the New Testament, but many important lessons can be gleaned from an examination of the Old Testament as well. Bible Authority in the Old Testament A classic lesson is learned from God’s command to Noah to build the ark. The Lord specified…

Founding of the Church of Christ

Lesson 1 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). Toward the end of Christ’s earthly ministry, he made this prediction that he would build the church of Christ. It had not yet been established when he spoke thus but was certain to be built nonetheless. Founder In examining denominations, it is seldom difficult to discern just…