What Makes Churches of Christ Different Than Denominations?

Text: Romans 16:16

Note: This is not intended to endorse every congregation that wears the name “church of Christ.” For the purpose of this outline, the “churches of Christ” are those who are faithfully following the New Testament pattern.

Not Based on Our Name

  • Many churches of Christ do not follow the NT pattern (Revelation 3:1)
  • This is not to say that the name of a congregation is not important — the churches Paul associated with were called “churches of Christ” (Romans 16:16)

Not Based on Our History

  • History can provide context & background — but cannot be used to determine right & wrong
  • The past is to stay in the past (Philippians 3:13)
  • We will be judged for what we do, not what others of past generations have done (Ezekiel 18:20)

Based on Our Message

  • The church is to uphold & proclaim the truth (1 Timothy 3:15)
  • No additions (2 John 9), no subtractions (Acts 20:27), no changes (Galatians 1:6-7)

Based on Our Work

  • Work of the local church — teach the truth (1 Timothy 3:15) & edify the body (Ephesians 4:16)
  • Benevolence authorized to a limited extent (Acts 11:29; 1 Timothy 5:4,16)
  • Man has invented all sorts of other programs & ministries — but by what authority? (Colossians 3:17)

Made Up of Christians

  • Anyone can claim to be a Christian — doesn’t mean that they are
  • How did people become Christians in the NT? … they believed, repented, confessed, and were baptized (Acts 2:38; 8:12; 8:36-38; 9:4-5,9,11,18; 22:16; 16:30-34)
  • Once one becomes a Christian, he must join a local church that will do the right work (Acts 2:41-42)

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