Church of Christ
Just A Christian
An Affirmation And Plea
We read with interest the reports of the ever growing disenchantment
within modern religious denominations. Disenchantment fueled, not
only by meaningless rites of worship, but also with the
pronouncements of the leadership. (Pronouncements that reflect only
the preferences of the influential elite or a noisy minority while
ignoring the convictions of the rank and file.) Because of these
aspects of modern religion some have decided Christianity is not
relevant to the needs of modern man. We believe that many who
have made this decision have done so because they are not
sufficiently acquainted with the scriptures to be able to distinguish
between the New Testament gospel of Christ and that which has
been added by man - additions that truly are not relevant to serving
2014 - Village Hills Church of Christ
Have you ever wondered why it is not possible for one to accept Christ, be saved from sins, worship God according to the
Scripture, live a faithful Christian life, and go to heaven when life on earth is over; all without ever joining any denomination -
just like they did in the first century? Are you disenchanted with or perhaps questioning the need for denominational religion?
Have you felt an urge, perhaps a yearning, to return to the simple uncomplicated religion of Christ? Do you have the desire
to strip away all unnecessary elements of religion and simply abide in truths of Christ - truths that alone can transform the
soul and bind it to God? Let us suggest that the possibility for the fulfillment of these desires actually exists.
Let us begin with this essential fact, which is the foundation, and build on it. Jesus Christ is the son of God. His coming, His
mission, and His new message were all foretold in the Old Testament (Gen. 49:10; Isa. 53; Jer. 31:31-33; Zech. 6:13), which
Jehovah used to govern Israel until Christ should come and establish the New for all mankind (Gal. 3:19, 23-24).
The New Testament is the word of Christ. It reveals the religion of Christ (Heb. 9:15-17). By studying the New Testament we
become aware that among the followers of Christ in Bible times no denominational organization existed whatsoever!
(Hence all such began at a later time.) We observe people hearing the gospel and in faith obeying the conditions of God's
grace. That is, they turned to God and were baptized in order to be forgiven of their sins. Being thus save, they were added
to the Lord's people, or church (Acts 2:36-47).
As the gospel spread, we find them assembling together in congregations in various localities. Each congregation was
under its own elders (Acts 14:23) and under no one else on earth. These elders could not make law or be master. They were
given the responsibility of tending and caring for the congregation as shepherds would a flock (Acts 20:17,28, 1 Pet. 5:1-3).
The only headquarters the New Testament disciples knew was heaven, where their head, Jesus Christ, was and is (Eph.
1:22-23). Their worship was something to participate in, not something to watch. On the first day of every week, for instance,
they would eat the Lord's supper and hear preaching (Acts 20:7, 1 Cor. 11:23-19). They would share their mutual
responsibilities by giving of their prosperity, and we find contributions being collected only on the first day of the week (1
Cor. 16:1-2). In all this they were all, by necessity, involved - for each was a priest (1 Pet. 2:5,9, Rev. 1:5,6). No one could
perform his service of worship for him.
They lived godly lives. They cared for their poor. They taught others. They sent out preachers when they could not go. With
simplicity of faith and fervor there was no need of centralization. Without organized machinery the gospel was preached
throughout civilization in a short time (Col. 1:23). Christianity is not complex - man, not God, has made it complex. These
disciples were known as Christians (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Pet. 4:16). They wore no sectarian names. Their religion was not
sensual or materialistic. They sought to impress God with the only thing that ever impresses Him - contrite obedience (1
Sam. 15:22) because of a willing faith (Heb. 11:6). Their appeal was not social or recreational. They offered the gospel to a
troubled world for it was God's power to save (Rom. 1:16); any other appeal was beneath them.
Many will say, "If only we could do that today." Good news, it's possible! In this area some have rejected religion organized
by man, as have other men and women worldwide, seeing in it no necessity or relevance - only a source for division. They
desire the simplicity of what Christ created, and their number is increasing. How many have taken such a stand? Who
knows?! They are related and connected only in Christ, with no man made organization and machinery to keep a tally.
Periodicals such as TIME Magazine have listed the number in this nation alone in excess of 2.25 million. We will not try to
number the people spiritually belonging only to God.
What is important is this group of people meet within minutes of where you live. They worship and serve God in the same
way as the early disciples. Christ is their only creed, scripture their only guide. They are not members of any denomination,
but simply a group of people, or church, that belongs to Christ. They would like to share Christ with you and all the world.
You too can be JUST A CHRISTIAN and serve God without belonging to any denomination, bound by no denominational
laws or obligations. If such freedom appeals to you, please visit or contact us.