Who Are The Members Of The Brazoria Church Of Christ?
We are a group of men and women, boys and girls who have formed and constitute a congregation such as those described in the New Testament.
We are simply Christians (Acts 11:26; 26:28; I Peter 4:15-16), followers of Christ, and we comprise a church that is “of Christ” (Romans 16:16). We do not wear or accept any designations not found in the scriptures, and we do not subscribe to any creed, the Bible is our only guide.
We are striving to be a church after the pattern found in the New Testament – in how we become Christians and in how we live as Christians; in what we teach; in the work we do as a church; and in the way we are organized.
We are trying to speak where the Bible speaks and to be silent where the Bible is silent; to do Bible things in Bible ways and to call Bible things by Bible names. We are interested in honoring God, in following Christ, and in learning, doing, and teaching God’s Word.
We are your neighbors, your fellow-workers, and your fellow-students. We are Christians who desire that all men be saved just as God does (II Peter 3:9)
We Are Not A Denomination
Neither are we inter-denominational. It is our sincere desire to be non-denominational, to wear no other name than Christ’s, and to be known simply as Christians, members of the body of Christ (Acts 11:26; Ephesians 1:22-23). Collectively we refer to ourselves as the church of Christ, the Lord’s church, or some other scriptural description to identify ourselves as the saved people belonging to Christ (Ephesians 5:23).
We Strive To Be The Same Church Described In The New Testament
It is our purpose to be identified with the Christians of the first century. We believe this to be possible to all who will learn, believe, and be guided by the plain teaching of God’s Word. When Jesus declared such to be “the seed of the kingdom” (Luke 8:11), He was emphasizing a known fact of nature. Specific kinds of seed, when planted, will always produce after their kind. For example, wheat will always produce wheat. In like manner, the word of God, when planted in the hearts of honest people, and obeyed, will produce Christians just as it did in the first century – nothing more and nothing less.
We Have No Human Head
There is no man, or group of men, who legislate for the church. We have no one to answer to except Christ our Lord. He is the head of the church (Colossians 1:18). There is no human head. As was true in the first century, there is no inter-congregational organization. Congregations in different locations, with Christ as Lord, function independently of each other. According to the authority of Christ, when a church matures to the point where two or more men meet the qualifications, overseers (also called bishops, elders, and pastors) are appointed to look after the affairs of the local congregation. Such men are appointed when they meet the qualifications listed in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. Then they have the responsibility to “feed the flock” with spiritual food found in the scriptures, and to be examples for others (I Peter 5:1-3). In churches of Christ, preachers are not “pastors” (unless they meet the qualifications cited above), but are simply teachers of the gospel.
The Bible Is Our Only Guide
Therefore we have no man-made creeds to follow. We are governed in faith and conduct by the Bible alone. While recognizing the guiding principles of the Old Testament, we seek to conform to the pattern of the New Testament (Hebrews 1:1-2; I Peter 4:11). We accept the Bible as being both verbally inspired and infallible in content (II Peter 1:20-21; I Corinthians 2:11-13). Consequently, when the Bible speaks upon any given subject, its pronouncement is accepted as final. By its own testimony, no one may alter a single word with impunity (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19).