We are grateful that you are spending time with us today! Churches of Christ believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God (2 Tim. 3:16,17). Therefore, we insist upon Bible authority for everything we teach and practice (Col. 3:17).
We believe that we ought to teach what people in the first century were taught, believe what they were taught to believe, and do what they were taught to do. We believe that we can be Christians only, just like they were then, nothing more and nothing less. We believe that we can be members of the church which Jesus built (Mt. 16:18) and for which He died (Acts 20:28), without being a member of any man-made institution.
Jesus established His church on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. That church had some specific characteristics. (1) It was singular in number (Eph. 4:4). (2) It was non-denominational in nature. What is a denomination? It is something larger than the local church, yet smaller than the church universal. It is a thing unheard of in the Bible. (3) It was scriptural in worship. In the framework of this command, the New Testament church sang (Eph. 5:19), observed the Lord’s Supper weekly (Acts 20:7), gave of their means (1 Cor. 16:1,2), prayed (Acts 2:42), and preached (Acts 20:7) while others listened. What they did in worship was based upon divine authority (Col. 3:17). Jesus said that everything in religion can be traced back to one of two origins: the authority of heaven or men (Mk. 11:29-30). To make an application, where do we read of instrumental music in the worship of Christians in the New Testament? We do not! Singing is the only authorized form of music in the worship of the church today. (4) It is congregational in organization. Philippians 1:1 presents this simple, beautiful organization. “Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ (evangelists), to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi (members), with the bishops (elders) and deacons (special servants).” Each congregation was a separate entity and self governing. There was no head of the church on earth or any earthly organization which legislates for the church. (5) The New Testament church is soul-winning in missions. Our mission is that of the Lord, “to seek and save the lost” (Lk. 19:10). To accomplish its mission, the church operated through three avenues: evangelism (1 Tim. 3:15), benevolence (Acts 11:27-30), and edification (Eph. 4:15,16). (6) The New Testament church is simple in its terms of entrance. On the day the church was established and on subsequent days, the Lord added to the church those who were being saved (Acts 2:47). What did they do on that day to be saved? They believed (Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:36), repented, and were baptized (Acts 2:38). Then Acts 2:47 says “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” This was the New Testament church then in the days of the apostles.
There was an apostasy of the church predicted in the New Testament (1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Thess. 2:3) which did take place. Yet, God provided the means of restoration. He gave us a pattern, a guide to follow, in the word of God (2 Tim. 1:13). As long as we have the divine pattern, we can have the church as God gave it, the church of the New Testament, the church established by Christ, the same church of which people were members in the first century. We would encourage you to obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 10:16-17) and worship with a faithful congregation of the churches of Christ as described above.
At Central, we do not claim to be a perfect church, but we strive to be a church that is sound in doctrine, active in good works, and united in the bond of peace.
We would like to invite you to visit us in person whenever possible. Please notice the times for our Bible classes and worship at the bottom of this page as well as directions to our church building.
Our physical address is 3501 Playground Road, Caruthersville, MO
Our mailing address is P.O. Box 894, Caruthersville, MO 63830
Our phone number is (573) 333-2275
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