Jesus declared to the world thru the witness of His disciples that He would build His church and that neither entity nor power, including death, would stop Him (Matt. 16:18). The book of Acts (chapters 1, 2) is recorded proof that The Church was born on the Day of Pentecost, in Jerusalem A.D. 33. This church, which is one in body, has one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, owned by one Jesus Christ... that purchased the church with His own blood (Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 1:14, and Ephesians 4:4).
The purpose of The Church is to Educate the sinner (2 Tim. 4:2, Mark 16:15), Equip the saved (2 Tim. 3:17, Hebrews 13:21), Encourage the saints (1 Thess. 5:11, Rom. 14:19), Endow the suffer (Matt. 25:35-40, Luke 6:35, 38), and Entrust a worthy sacrifice (2 Cor. 9:7, 8:12). Every Christian is called to exemplify the servant hood of Christ (John 13:15, 1 Tim. 4:12, 1 Peter 2:21).
The church of Christ is noted for its emphasis upon returning to New Testament Christianity and for its desire to unite all Christians into one body (1 Corinthians 1:10). We believe that the New Testament is the only rule for faith and practice in religious matters (2 Timothy 3:17; I Peter 4:11) and that it must authorize all that is done in Christian worship (Colossians 3:17; Revelation 22:18–19). Thus we try to strictly follow the New Testament. For this reason, only a cappella music is used in worship assemblies and the Lord’s supper is observed every Sunday. We believe the Bible teaches that sinners are saved by faith, repentance, confession, and baptism (John 3:16; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9–10) and that a Christian must remain faithful to the Lord after conversion (Revelation 2:10). The church of Christ is organized with elders, deacons, preachers, and members as in New Testament times (Philippians 1:1).
The church of Christ dates back to the days of the New Testament (Romans 16:16). It was founded by Christ on the Day of Pentecost, A.D. 33 (Acts 2), just after His ascension back to heaven. In the years that followed, it rapidly grew to fill Jerusalem, then Judea, Samaria, and finally the whole Roman Empire (Acts 1:8; Colossians 1:23). It was first established in America in the late 1700s, up in the New England states.