Bay Church of Christ

“The Churches of Christ Salute You” (Romans 16:16)

Jesus came to build one church (Matthew 16:13-19).  That church was built in Acts 2.  That church is the one that belongs to Him: the church of Christ.  Jesus did not build denominations.  They did not begin until centuries after Christ built His church.  There is only one Biblical faith (doctrine; Ephesians 4:5).  Denominations have different faiths, therefore they cannot be what Christ built.  Also, Christ prayed for unity (John 17), such is impossible with different doctrines, therefore, Christ did not pray for denominationalism.

Yes.  Jesus said it was necessary to be saved (Mark 16:16).  Paul said it is through baptism that we put on Christ (Galatians 3:27).  Peter said baptism is for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38) and that it saves (1 Peter 3:21).

In the New Testament there are ten literal references to music in worship (nine direct references and one by implication).  They are Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26; Acts 16:25; Romans 15:9; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12; Hebrews 13:15 (by implication); James 5:13.  Each of these describe the same type music in worship: singing.  Therefore, we sing in worship and do not play musical instruments.  The Bible simply does not authorize anything other than singing.

Frequently Asked Questions

The church of Christ is not a denomination.  We are not a combination of denominations.  We strive to be the church that Jesus built in the New Testament.  We wear no religious name, but the name of Christ (Christian).  We have no creed but the Bible

What is the church of Christ?

Why doesn’t the church of Christ use musical instruments in worship?

Is baptism really necessary for salvation?

How many churches are there?

Yes.  Christ is the Savior of His body (Ephesians 5:25), not those outside of His body.  The body of Christ is the church of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23); therefore Jesus is the Savior of the church of Christ, not those outside of the church of Christ.

Does one have to be a member of the church of Christ to be saved?