Does the church of Christ have a creed?

No. The belief of the church is stated fully and completely in the Bible. There is no manual to which the members of the church of Christ give their allegiance. The Bible is considered the only infallible guide to heaven (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

How are churches organizationally structured?

There is no hierarchical structure. The churches of Christ are autonomous. Their common faith binds each member together. There are no regional or central headquarters of the churches of Christ. Each congregation is lead by a plurality of men known as elders (1 Timothy 3:1-7). The structure of the churches of Christ is found in the scripture.

Who are elders?

These men lead only local churches. They are selected by members of the local congregations on the basis of qualifications found in scripture (1 Timothy 3:1-7). Serving under the elders are deacons. Deacons are also selected by members of the local congregations on the basis of qualifications found in scripture (1 Timothy 3:8-13). The local churches also have paid ministers, who serve in various areas of need; preaching, youth, evangelism, and education.

The elders are shepherds, or overseers, who serve under the head of the church. Jesus is the head of the church (Colossians 1:18). There is no earthly authority superior to the elders of the local church.

What do you call your preacher?

Some religious groups call their preachers, “father,” or “pastor,” or “reverend,” or by some other title. In fact, Jesus prohibited his followers from using titles (Matthew 23:8-10).  Our current preacher is known by Minister or Evangelist. 

What does the church of Christ believe about the Bible?

The original 66 books that make up the Bible are taught to be divinely inspired, infallible and singularly authoritative. The church’s authority in religious matters is derived from scripture alone.

Does the church of Christ believe in predestination?

No, not in the modern religious sense of the word. Only in the sense that God predestines man to be conformed to the likeness of his son (Ephesians 1:11-12).

Is infant baptism practiced?

No, because to be baptized a person must be able to “believe, ” as require by John 3:16. Biblical belief proceed baptism. So, only those old enough to understand the gospel are considered able of being baptized.

Does the church of Christ teach about Heaven and Hell?

Yes. Clearly, the bible reveals a place called Heaven and a place called Hell. It is believed that after death each man must come before God in judgment and that he will be judged according to the deeds done while he lived (Hebrews 9:27). After the Judgment, a soul will spend eternity either in Heaven or Hell.

How does a person become a member of the church of Christ?

The plan of salvation is found in scripture; a person must hear the word (Romans 10:14), believe in Jesus (1 John 5:1,5), repent of their sins (2 Peter 3:9), confess Jesus as Lord (Acts 8:36-37), and be baptized (Acts 2:38).