The Church was founded by Christ on the day of Pentecost, A.D. 33 (Acts 2), just fifty days after His crucifixion. In the years that followed it rapidly grew to fill Jerusalem, then Judea, Samaria and finally the whole earth (Acts 1:8; Colossians 1:23). It was first established in America in the late 1700's and has grown rapidly since that time. At times in its American growth, it has been the fastest growing of all religious groups in the country.
The church of Christ believes that Jesus is the Son of God (John 20:30-31), that the Bible is inspired of God (II Timothy 3:16-17), and that Jesus will return to take His kingdom (church) home to God (I Corinthians 15:24). Jesus was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-25), worked marvelous miracles (Matthew 8), and was raised from the dead on the third day (Matthew 28:1-5; I Corinthians 15:3-4).
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 (I Corinthians 1:10). We believe that it is possible to have religious unity in a day of division by simply following the New Testament pattern and putting aside human traditions. We believe that the New Testament is the only rule for faith and practice (II Timothy 3:17; I Peter 4:11), and that it must authorize all that is done in Christian worship (Colossians 3:17). Thus we try to strictly follow the New Testament. For this reason, only acapella 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 because of God's grace (John 3:16; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8). The church of Christ is organized with elders, deacons, preachers, and members (Philippians 1:1). We emphasize sincere worship (John 4:4), every-member evangelism (Acts 8:4), godly living (Titus 2:11-12), love for each other (John 13:34-35), and helping those in need (James 1:27).
To put it simply, the church of Christ is seeking to be the same church you read about in the New Testament. We aim to restore its doctrine, its practice, its lifestyle, and its zeal.
Glenview church of Christ