Denomination Differences

Church of Christ Beliefs

How does one get saved?

Repent of your sins, believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection, and be baptized.

Who gets saved?

Anyone who chooses by his own free will to believe and accept God's gift of grace will be saved.

Can one lose his salvation?

Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.

Who gets baptized and why?

The believing but unsaved get baptized as part of their salvation.

How should baptism be done?

Baptism should be by immersion.

When does one receive the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is received at baptism.

What is the trinity?

The Trinity is God existing as one god in three equal, eternal, cosubstantial persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.

What is the human nature?

Most believe that human nature tends to sin but not that it's depraved.

Are we guilty of Adam's original sin?

Most believe that no, we are not guilty of Adam's sin, nor did we inherit a sinful nature from him.

Are Christians required to keep the Old Testament ceremonial laws?

No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.

Do the elements of communion become the body and blood of Christ?

No, the elements merely symbolically represent the body and blood of Christ.

Can one be baptized of behalf of someone who has died?

No, the dead cannot be baptized.

What happens if a saved person dies without being perfect?

Once Christians leave their sinful bodies, nothing else is needed to receive glorified, sinless bodies.

Did Mary ever sin?

Yes, Mary sinned like all other humans except Jesus.

What spiritual gifts are available today?

Cessationism: Spiritual gifts used for serving are available today, while gifts used as signs have ceased.

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How many church ordinances/​sacraments are there?

The church has two ordinances: Baptism and Holy Communion.

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How should a church be structured?

Congregationalist: Every church congregation should be independent and governed by its members.

What day of the week should Christians worship?

Christians worship on Sunday.

How many books are in the Bible?

There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.

What is marriage?

Marriage is a covenant before God between one man and one woman.

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Is sex permissible outside marriage?

No, sex outside of marriage is not permissible.

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When is divorce permissible?

Most believe divorce is only permissible for adultery.

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When does a fetus become human?

Humanity begins at conception.

Is contraception permissible?

Yes, contraceptives are permissible.

Should women cover their heads?

Most believe no, women's long hair is enough of a covering.

Should Christians drink alcohol?

Most believe no, alcohol should be totally avoided.

Where does a Christian's soul go after death?

Christians immediately go to heaven when they die.