Churches of Christ
.... several million Christians around the globe are committed to this goal of restoring New Testament faith and practice.
We’re part of a global movement of Christians seeking to restore biblical faith and practice in personal discipleship and church life. We eschew denominationalism and want to be Christians only – without claiming to be the only Christians.
Our authority is the Bible. As far as practicable we do Bible things in Bible ways and call them by Bible names. That’s why many of the congregations in this movement are called “Churches of Christ” – a description used by first century churches to highlight that they belong to Jesus Christ (Romans 16:16).
In our evangelism we point everyone to Jesus, believing that by grace through faith we enjoy God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus’ death and resurrection (Ephesians 2:8). We baptise repentant believers into Christ for forgiveness of sins and to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). We eschew denominationalism and prefer to be part of a fellowship of self-governing congregations ideally led by local elders. We uphold the biblical view of marriage between male and female as honourable and life-giving. We encourage a complementarian view of gender roles. We seek to live ethically and be faithful stewards of creation. Then, like all God’s people through millennia, we cheer each other on to do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Creator (Micah 6:8).
To help us do this, we gather regularly as a church to worship God and spur one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25). This is something followers of Jesus have been doing since the church was first established on Pentecost after he died and was resurrected (Acts 2:41-47). Some congregations are small and meet in homes. Others have 200+ members and meet in larger buildings. One common feature is that our Sunday assemblies tend to be marked by simplicity. We pray, partake the Lord’s Supper, sing a cappella, take up a freewill money offering, and study the Scriptures. And we often share communal meals.
We know of around 80 such congregations gathered around Australia – and pray for more. We maintain a Church Directory listing their contact details. Each congregation is typically self-governing, ideally functioning under a local eldership.
There are thousands of similar congregations throughout the world. Whilst there are links among Christians, churches, ministries, schools, and universities established collaboratively, there isn’t an overall governing denominational hierarchy. Instead, each individual Christian and each local church is responsible for growing in maturity through the grace and knowledge of Christ (II Peter 3:18). All up, several million Christians around the globe are committed to this goal of restoring New Testament faith and practice.