James A Garfield, former
President of the United States, is one of the best-known
associated with Christian churches/churches of Christ. He even
served as a "lay preacher." To answer the many
questions he recieved about the group of belevers with whom he
worshiped, he wrote a classic statement:
1. We call ourselves
Christians, or Disciples of Christ.
2. We believe in God
3. We believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and our
Savior. We regard the divinity of Christ as the
fundamental truth of the Christain system.
4. We believe in the
Holy Spirit, both as to His agency in conversion and as
indwelling in the heart of the Christian.
5. We accept both the
Old and New Testament Scriptures as the inspired Word of
6. We believe in the
future punishment of the wicked and the future reward of
7. We believe that the
Deity is a prayer hearing and a prayer answering God.
8. We observe the
institution of the Lord's Supper on the Lord's Day. To
this table we neither invite nor debar; we say it is the
Lord's Supper for all of the Lord's children.
9. We plead for the
union of God's people on the Bible and the Bible alone.
10. The Christ is our
11. We maintain that
all the ordinances should be observed as they were in the
days fo the apostles.
This list is adapted from
"What Kind of Church Is This?" by Leroy Lawson
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