Grinnell church of Christ
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Questions about the Church of Christ
In the first century there were many charges made against Christ's church. Some were due to selfish ambition (Acts 17:6). Some were due to mere intellectual and philosophical curiosity (Acts 17:18). But some were from honest hearts seeking God's divine guidance (Acts 16:30).
Regardless of someone's motive, asking questions about a certain religion or church is a good thing and we encourage it. The following are common questions asked about the "church of Christ."
1. Does the church of Christ believe in the entire Bible?
Yes! We believe all of the Bible to be the inspired word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17), however we do not believe that all the Bible is binding as law upon us today (Romans 7:1-4; Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:14; Hebrews 8;6-7; Hebrews 9:15).
This is an important question, because so many religions try to bind some of the Old Testament and some of the New Testament. For example, some churches demanding "tithing." It was a commandment in the Old Testament to "tithe" or give a tenth of your possessions to the Lord. However, in the New Testament, we are encouraged to give as we have "purposed in our heart" on the first day of the week (2 Corinthians9:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Is it not interesting how some churches demand tithing but do not demand animal sacrifices? Both are from the Old Law. We need to "rightly divide" God's Word (2 Timothy 2:15-16).
2. Does the church of Christ believe in music?
Of course we believe in music. Singing was commanded for the Lord's church (Colossians 3:17; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12; James 5:13). The melody should be with our hearts not through the entertainment of a musical instrument. In the Old Testament, instruments in worship were commanded (Psalm 150), however in the New Testament the Bible is totally silent concerning instruments in worship. We seek to practice the only authorized type of music for the Lord's church. (click here to cont.)