About the church of Christ

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The church of Christ (Romans 16:16) is THE church of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18). Those who have been added to the Lord’s church (Acts 2:47) through repentance (Acts 2:38), confession of faith in Christ (Acts 8:37), and immersion in water for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38) are called Christians (Acts 11:26), and as such, they are members of the body of Christ (1st Corinthians 12:27). All such individuals, if faithful to the Lord unto death (Revelation 2:10), will live eternally (Matthew 25:46). Those Christians that assemble for worship (Hebrews 10:25) at the church building in Clinton, Illinois on Business 51 South constitute the Clinton Church of Christ.

The church exists to bring glory to God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:21). The purpose of the church is to preach the gospel to the lost and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), as well as to help its members grow in the grace and knowledge of God (2nd Peter 3:18). The gospel, when it is obeyed (2nd Thessalonians 1:8), is the power of God to salvation (Romans 1:16). The aim of the church of Christ is to worship and serve God Almighty (Matthew 4:10) as His holy word authorizes (Colossians 3:17) and not to cling to the vain traditions of men (Matthew 15:9).

The church of Christ has no earthly head, but its spiritual head is Christ (Ephesians 1:22). The church is not a denomination since such would imply religious division which is sinful (1st Corinthians 1:10). The church of Christ is governed by the Bible, the inspired word of God Himself (2nd Timothy 3:16,17). Its members are simply called “Christians” although some serve additional roles as elders (1st Timothy 3:1-7), deacons (1st Timothy 3:8-13), or evangelists (2nd Timothy 4:5).

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