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Churches of Christ 2014 Campaign Focuses on Saving & Serving

OUR PURPOSE Houston - Once every two years several Houston and surrounding area Churches of Christ pool their resources to powerfully impact the Houston area for the cause of Christ. The purpose of this united effort is the same as that mandated in the scriptures that every church should be about; Preach the Gospel of ...

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Houston – Once every two years several Houston and surrounding area Churches of Christ pool their resources to powerfully impact the Houston area for the cause of Christ.

The purpose of this united effort is the same as that mandated in the scriptures that every church should be about; Preach the Gospel of Christ (Matt. 24:14), Help the Needy (Gal.6:10), and Edify the Body of Christ (Eph. 4 : 1 1 – 1 2 ) .

W h i l e e a c h i n d i v i d u a l congregation is autonomous, self- governing, and headed by Christ alone, we recognize that together we can have a greater impact than any one congregation can by themselves.

The result will be encouragement for faithful and weak members, help for thousands of needy individuals, many lost souls brought to Christ, and demonstration to the world that the Lord’s church can truly be united as one. If you are searching for pure New Testament Christianity, you are in the right place.

Hundreds of churches and thousands of members gathered together for the work that took place at the M.O. Campbell Center, 1865 Aldine Bender Road.

Some of that work in 2014 was part of an overall outreach in the form of blood drives and providing much needed back-to-school items to neighborhood children citywide, helping the needy and families across the greater Houston area, encouraging the faithful and evangelizing the city with the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each day Bible classes were held and during the evening Gospel singing and preaching from prime preachers topped off the event each evening.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Jesus Christ came to this earth as the one, true God manifested in the flesh (John 1), to sacrifice Himself for our sins ( Rom. 5:8-9 ; John 3:16 ), giving access to the gift of eternal life for all who believe in, love, and obey Him. He is the head of the church and, as our head, we yield to His instructions concerning our purpose, work, and worship, as given in the Bible. “For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body” (Eph. 5:23, see also Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:4 and Deity of Christ).

THE BIBLE

The Bible is the inspired Word of God. By inspired we mean that the actual words and thoughts are from God. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God… knowing this first that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21). The Bible is our standard of authority, in which we are to strive to live according to “…the pattern of sound words…” contained therein (2 Tim. 1:13).

SALVATION

Salvation is available to those who submit to Jesus Christ. God does not show partiality, therefore all are given the same conditions of pardon (Acts 10:34-35). “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved…” (Acts15:11). “And having been perfected He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Heb. 5:9). Salvation is the result of accessing the grace of God, the free gift of eternal life, by an obedient faith in Jesus Christ. (cf. Rom. 5:1-2; James 2:14-26) The Bible teaches that there are certain steps which must be taken in order to access the grace of God (Rom. 5:1-2), thereby bringing about salvation and at the same time making one a Christian, a member of the one true church in the bible (Acts 2:47).

HEAR THE WORD

Hearing what the Bible says through preaching, teaching, and personal study is the only way to produce a saving faith (Rom. 10:17).

FAITH

One must believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (John 3:16). This results from hearing the Word of God (see above), and is stated as essential to salvation (Mark 16:16; John 8:24; John 20:30-31; Heb. 11:6).

REPENTANCE

Repentance is commanded in (Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19). Repentance is a change of mind which causes one to turn away from sinful practices. (Acts 17:30; Luke 13:3).

CONFESSION

Confession is an outward acknowledgment of faith in Jesus as the Son of God (Matt. 10:32; Rom. 10:9-10).

BAPTISM

Baptism is not taught by members of the church of Christ as a “church ordinance,” but as a command of Christ. One must be careful to observe that we are not saved by our own works (Eph. 2:8-9), but are saved by the grace of God, through an obedient faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:1-2 ; Heb. 5:9 ; James 2:14-26).

The New Testament teaches that baptism is a required act of obedience which is essential to salvation (Mark

16:16 ; Acts 2:38 ; Acts 22:16 ; 1 Pet. 3:21).

REMAIN FAITHFUL

Following the obedience of these commands we believe it is important that the Christian live faithfully unto death (Rev. 2:10).

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