What’s the Difference
We often hear this very question. Maybe you’re wondering the same thing. If you don’t mind, let us take just a moment to explain a few of these things to you.
The church of Christ is…
• The pre-denominational body of Christ. We are not protestant. We are not Catholic. We are not even a denomination. The church of Christ pre-dates every denomination! We were established on the Day of Pentecost around A.D. 33 (cf. Acts 2) and have existed since then anywhere a group of people has had a desire to “seek the old paths” (think Jeremiah 6:16). Think about it this way: Jesus Christ came to establish one church—His church (see Matthew 16:18-19; Ephesians 4:3-6), not many denominational churches! Paul encouraged the church in Corinth to be completely joined together in the same mind and judgment (see 1 Corinthians 1:10). That boils down to this: God never meant for there to be a bunch of different theological ideas and religious preferences floating around! It’s not about your or my preference – it’s about what God wants. It’s for that reason, that we are…
• Always seeking to be what God had in mind. There’s one word that sums up this idea: restoration. Over time, religion has become polluted by the teachings of men (see Matthew 15:7-9; also 1 John 2:19; 1 Timothy 4:1-3). It’s our goal not to be led by these teachings, but to seriously and honestly examine God’s Word, and let it alone be our guide. Where it speaks, we listen. Where it is silent, we remain so.
• Simple, reverent, and Biblical. There are a lot of different philosophies floating around out there today about what a church should be. It seems as though many of these ideas only serve to complicate things. There’s so much flash and dazzle in many churches today that it’s impossible to find God for the smoke and lasers. We seek to simply worship reverently, simply, and as God commanded the church in the first century to worship. We seek to add nothing more, but to worship with all of our heart in truth (see John 4:23-24).
• Not made of perfect people, but strives for perfection. We all sin, and to say that we don’t would be fooling ourselves (see 1 John 1:8). Still, there is the expectation that we strive not to do our best, or better than the next person, but we aim to be like Christ (see 1 Peter 1:16, 2:21; 1 John 5:18). He is who we ultimately strive to be like.
• Loving, caring, and concerned about you. Jesus commands us to love our neighbors (see Mark 12:29-31). That would be you! If we can help in any way, whether physically, but especially spiritually, let us know!