About the Churches of Christ
We live in a world of many churches, denominations, and religions. One more church among all the confusion seems a little counterproductive. However, the Churches of Christ originate from a desire to strip away nonessential things except the New Testament teachings and practice. Where these are paramount, anything added to or taken away from the faith proclaimed by the Bible is foreign to Christian teaching. Most traditions look to the Apostolic documents of the New Testament to determine their practices, and Churches of Christ join with them in engaging these teachings directly. Only by doing this can there be any hope of Christians speaking with one voice.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries numerous clergy addressed the notion of going back to the New Testament and stripping away the extraneous traditions that had grown up in their churches. They chose to call themselves simply disciples of Christ according to an early tradition in the Bible (Acts 11:27), and they sought to renew their faith with the simple plea to be just Christians. Churches of Christ are of this philosophical persuasion. We seek in practice and lifestyle to imitate what was appropriate in the New Testament church, nothing more or less.