CHURCH OF CHRIST란?

CHURCH OF CHRIST는 각각의 CHURCH 중심입니다.

CHURCH OF CHRIST는 CHURCH 간의 조직이나 기구가 없습니다. 각각의 CHURCH는 자율적이고 다른 모든 CHURCH들로부터 독립되어 있습니다. 공통점이 있다면 모든 CHURCH가 하나같이 그리스도를 통한 복음, 즉 성경을 헌신적으로 따르고자 한다는 사실입니다.

CHURCH OF CHRIST는 어떤 특별한 신념이나, 정기적인 회합, 혹은 공식 출판물이 없습니다. CHURCH들은 아이들과 노인들, 전도 사역을 돕기 위해 연합 활동을 가질 뿐입니다. 그러나 참여 여부는 엄격하게 자발적으로 이루어지고 있으며, 어느 한 사람이나 단체가 정치적으로 주도하거나 다른 의도로 결정에 영향을 주는 일은 없습니다.

각각의 CHURCH는 회중으로부터 선택된 두 사람 이상의 복수 장로들에 의해서 운영됩니다. 이들은 디모데전서 3:1-7절과 디도서 1장에서 주어진 자격 조건에 합당한 사람들이어야 합니다. 또한 각 CHURCH에는 집사들이 있습니다. 이들은 디모데전서 3:8-13의 성경적 자질을 갖춘 사람들로 선출되어집니다.

1. CHURCH OF CHRIST 교파에 속하지 않습니다.

CHURCH OF CHRIST의 중요한 특징 중 하나는 특정한 교파를 추구하는 것이 아니라 완전한 비교파를 추구하는데 있습니다. 그 이유는 CHURCH에 인위적인 신조들이나 헌법보다는, 신약성경에 기록된 초대CHURCH의 원형회복에 초점을 두기 때문입니다. CHURCH OF CHRIST(로마서16:16)는 가톨릭, 개신교, 유대교와 같이 어떤 교파에 속해 있다고 생각하지 않습니다. 오직 그리스도께서 값 주고 사셨고, 친히 세우신 CHURCH의 일원이라고 생각합니다. 이러한 이유 때문에 교파적 이름을 배제하고 'CHURCH OF CHRIST'라는 이름으로만 불리기를 원하는 것입니다.

'CHURCH OF CHRIST'라는 명칭은 교파적인 정서로서 사용된 것이 아니라 그리스도께 속한 CHURCH(나라)(로마서16:16)를 가리키는 명칭입니다. 우리는 우리자신의 결점과 연약함을 깨닫습니다. 그래서 CHURCH를 향하신 창조주의 완전하면서도 충분한 계획(창조주의 말씀인 성경)을 조심스럽게 따르려고 하는 것입니다.

2. CHURCH OF CHRIST는 성경에 근거한 일치를 추구합니다.

창조주께서 예수 그리스도께 모든 권세를 부여하신 후(마태복음 28:18) 그리스도께서 오늘날까지 창조주의 대언자로 일하신다고 하는 사실은(히브리서 1:1,2), 오직 CHURCH OF CHRIST와 가르침에 대한 권위를 소유하신 분이 그리스도라는 것을 확증하는 것입니다. 성경이 제자들에게 그리스도의 가르침으로 자리를 잡은 후에 그것은 신앙적 삶과 가르침의 기초로서 사용되어왔습니다. 성경만이 사람들을 그리스도인이 되게 하는 유일한 길입니다.

우리는 분열이 나쁘다는 것을 알고 있습니다. 예수님은 일치를 위해 기도하셨습니다

(요한 17:11,12-23, 엡4:3-6) 그리고 훗날, 사도 바울은 분열된 사람들에게 그리스도 안에서 연합하라고 부탁했습니다(고린도전서 1:10-17).

오늘날 CHURCH의 일치를 위한 많은 노력이 있지만, CHURCH OF CHRIST는 일치를 이룰 수 있는 유일한 방법은 오직 성경으로 돌아가는 것뿐이라고 믿습니다.

일부분의 개혁과 타협은 일치를 가져올 수 없습니다. 어느 누구도 어떠한 공동체도 모든 사람이 안주할 수 있는 법이나 규칙을 세우거나 만들 수 없습니다. 우리 모두가 말할 수 있는 것은 단지 "성경을 따름으로써 일치하자(하나가되자)"라는 말입니다.

그러므로 CHURCH OF CHRIST는 성경을 기초로 단 하나의 CHURCH의 일치를 주장하는 것입니다. CHURCH OF CHRIST는 신약성경이 아닌 다른 신조를 만들거나 따르는 것은 신약성경의 명령을 거절하는 것이라고 믿습니다. 또한 신약성경에 기초하지 않은 어떤 행위를 따르는 것은 창조주의 가르침에 다른 요소를 더하거나 빼는 것이라고 알고 있습니다.

이 두 가지 행위는 모두 성경에서 정죄하고 있는 일들입니다.(갈라디아서 1:6-9;요한계시록 22:18,19) 이것이 바로 CHURCH OF CHRIST가 신약성경만을 유일한 믿음과 삶의 법칙으로 삼은 이유입니다.

3. CHURCH OF CHRIST 예배의 요소들

CHURCH OF CHRIST의 예배에는 1세기 CHURCH처럼 다섯 가지 요소들이 있습니다.

우리는 그 양식(Pattern)이 중요하다고 믿습니다. 예수님은 "하나님은 영이시니 예배하는 자가 영과 진리로 예배할지니라"(요한복음 4:24)고 말씀하셨습니다.

이 말씀으로부터 우리는 세 가지 사실을 깨닫게 됩니다.

1) 우리의 예배는 그리스도 예수 안에서 창조주를 향한 것이어야 한다.

2) 성령에 의해서 기록된 말씀으로만 행하여만 한다.

3) 진리에 위한 것이어야만 한다.

진리에 따라 창조주를 예배하기 위해서 우리는 그분의 말씀에 순종해야 합니다. 왜냐하면 그분의 말씀은 진리이기 때문입니다.(요한복음 17:17) 우리는 말씀 가운데서 발견된 어떤 요소도 제외시켜서는 안되며 동시에 말씀 가운데서 발견하지 못한 어떠한 요소도 포함시켜서는 안됩니다.

신앙적인 문제에 관한 한, 믿음으로 행해야 합니다(고린도후서 5:7). 믿음은 하나님의 말씀을 들음으로부터 오는 것이기에(로마서 10:17), 성경에 의해서 지시되지 않은 어떠한 것도 믿음의 행위가 아니며, 믿음으로 행치 않는 것은 죄에 속한 것입니다(로마서 14:23).

신약교회에서 발견되는 예배의 다섯 가지 요소는 찬송, 기도, 가르침, 연보 그리고 주의만찬이었습니다.

4. 아카펠라 찬송

사람들이 CHURCH OF CHRIST에 대하여 가장 자주 의문을 가지는 것들 중 하나는 예배시에 악기를 사용하지 않고 찬송을 한다는 사실입니다. 간단히 말해서, CHURCH OF CHRIST가 예배시에 악기를 사용하지 않는 이유는 성경의 가르침을 따라서 예배하기 때문입니다. 성경은 예배시에 악기음악을 제외시켰습니다. 그러므로 우리 역시 악기 음악을

제외시키는 것이 옳고 문제의 소지가 없다고 믿습니다. 그러므로 만일 악기를 사용한다면 그것은 성경의 권유에 의하여 행하는 것이 아니라 사람의 욕구를 충족시키기 위한 것입니다.

신약성경에는 예배음악에 대해 여덟 구절을 할애하고 있습니다.

1)"이에 저희가 찬미하고 감람산으로 나아가니라"(마태복음 26:30).

2)"밤중쯤 되어 바울과 실라가 기도하고 하나님을 찬미하매 죄수들이 듣더라"

(사도행전 16:25).

3)"이방인으로 그 긍휼하심을 인하여 하나님께 영광을 돌리게 하려 하심이라"(로마서 15:9).

4)"그러면 어떻게 할꼬 내가 영으로 기도하고 또 마음으로 기도하며 내가 영으로 찬미하고 또 마음으로 찬미하리라"(고린도전서 14:15)

5)"술 취하지 말라 이는 방탕한 것이니 오직 성령의 충만을 받으라 시와 찬미와 신령한 노래들로 서로 화답하며 너희의 마음으로 주께 노래하며 찬송하며"(에베소서 5:18-19).

6)"그리스도의 말씀이 너희 속에 풍성히 거하여 모든 지혜로 피차 가르치며 권면하고 신와 찬미와 신령한 노래를 부르며 마음에 감사함으로 하나님을 찬양하고"(골 3:16)

7)"이르시되 내가 주의 이름을 내 형제들에게 선포하고 내가 주를 교회 중에서 찬송하리라"( 히브리서 2:12).

8)"너희 중에 고난 당하는 자가 있는냐 저는 기도할 것이요 즐거워하는 자가 있느냐 저는 찬송할지니라"(야고보서 5:13)

이 구절들 속에서 악기는 분명히 배제되어 있습니다. 역사적으로, CHURCH의 예배에서 악기가 처음으로 사용된 것은 A.D.6세기경이었습니다. 또한 18세기 이전에는 악기가 보편적으로 사용되지 않았습니다. CHURCH에서의 악기사용은 성경에 나타나지 않았기 때문에 칼빈이나 웨슬리,스펄젼 같은 교회 지도자들도 강하게 반대하였습니다.

5. 주님의 만찬을 매주 행합니다.

CHURCH OF CHRIST 다른 교회 사이에 주목할 만한 차이점이 있다면 바로 주님의 만찬에 대한 것입니다. 이 기념식은 예수님께서 잡히시기 전에 예수님께서 친히 시작하셨습니다 (마태복음 26:26-28). 예수님의 승천 후에 그리스도인들은 주님의 죽으심을 기념하기 위해 만찬을 거행했습니다 (고린도전서 11: 24, 25). 누룩을 넣지 않은 떡과 잔은 예수님의 몸과 피를 상징합니다 (고린도전서11:23-29, 요한복음6:48-58).

CHURCH OF CHRIST는 매주 첫날에 주님의 만찬을 행합니다. 우리의 신앙과 삶은 성경의 가르침을 따르려고 하는 우리의 결심에 중심을 두고 있습니다. 누가는 1세기의 교회의 상황을 서술하면서 "안식 후 첫날에 제자들이 떡을 떼기 위해 함께 모였다"고 말했습니다 (사도행전 20:7).

어떤 이는 이 본문이 매 주일의 첫날을 명문화하지 않았다고 주장합니다. 이러한 반박은

사실입니다. 그러나 유대인이에게 안식일을 거룩히 지키라는 명령을 모든 안식일들을 거룩하게 지키라는 뜻으로 이해했듯이 우리는 "주일의 첫날"이 매 주일의 첫날을 의미합니다

사도행전20:7절에 기록된 헬라어는 안식일들(σαββάτων)복수를 사용함으로서 안식일들 첫날은 매주 주일 즉 일요일에 됩니다. 또한 모였다라는 동사를 살펴보면

모였다(συνηγμένων)분사완료형이며 수동태 소유격 남성 1인칭복수로 기록되었으

며, 수동태는 예수 그리스도의 요청에 모여 행한다라는 것입니다.

닌더나 유세비우스와 같은 역사가들 역시 초대교회의 그리스도인들이 매 주일마다 주님의 만찬을 거행했음을 증거하고 있습니다.

6. 그리스도인의 조건

아마 여러분은 "그리스도인은 어떠한 과정을 거쳐야만 하는가? " 그리스도인의 조건은 무엇인가? 에 대해 생각해보신 일이 있을 겁니다.

CHURCH OF CHRIST는 성도의 자격에 대해서 성경 안에서 정해진 자격을 갖추어야만 한다고 어떤 신앙 형식을 주장하지 않습니다. 성경는 그리스도인이 되기 위해서 분명히 어떤 단계를 거쳐야 한다고 말하고 있습니다. 그리고 어느 누구든지 그리스도인이 되는 동시에 CHURCH OF CHRIST의 왕 같은 제사장(그리스도인,성도)이 됩니다.

(베드로전서2:9, 요한계시록1:6)

오늘날 CHURCH OF CHRIST도 1세기의 CHURCH와 똑 같습니다. 그리스도인이 되기 위해서 지켜야 하는 어떤 특별한 법칙이나 의식이 없습니다. 다만 그리스도인이 되는 동시에 CHURCH의 성도가 되는 것입니다. 그리스도인의 자격을 갖추기 위해서 그 이상의 단계가 요구되지 않습니다.

CHURCH가 시작되던 첫 날에 회개하고 세례 받은 사람들은 구원받았고 (사도행전 2: 38), 그 날 이후로 날마다 구원받은 사람들이 교회에 더 해졌습니다 (사도행전 2:47). 이 말씀에 의하면 구원받은 자를 더하시는 이는 창조주이셨습니다. 그러므로 신약성경의 모형을 따르기를 원하는 우리는 투표나, 어떤 학습기간을 통해서 그리스도인이 되도록 강요하지 않습니다. 우리는 그리스도를 향한 순전한 순종 이외에는 그 이상의 어떤 것도 강요할 권리를 가지고 있지 않습니다.

7. 성경에서 가르치고 있는 구원의 조건을 살펴보면.

1). 복음을 들어야 한다. "믿음은 하나님의 말씀을 들음에서 나며" (로마서 10: 17)

2). 믿어야 한다. "믿음이 없이는 하나님을 기쁘시게 못하나니" (히브리서 11: 6)

3). 죄를 회개하여야 한다. "어디든지 사람을 다 명하사 회개하라 하셨으니"

(사도행전 17: 30).

4). 예수 그리스도를 시인하여야 한다. 주님이 말씀하셨습니다. "사람 앞에서 나를 시인하면 나도 하늘에 계신 내 아버지 앞에서 저를 시인할 것이요" (마태복음 10: 32).

5). 죄사함을 위한 세례를 받아야 한다. "베드로는 말하기를 "회개하여 각각 예수그리스도의 이름으로 세례를 받고 죄 사함을 얻으라" (사도행전 2:38).

8. 세례의 중요성

CHURCH OF CHRIST는 세례의 필요성을 너무 강조한다는 분들이 많습니다. 우리는 세례를 "교회의 의식"으로서 생각하지 않고 "그리스도의 명령"으로 생각합니다. 성경은 세례를 구원을 위한 필수적인 행위로서 가르치고 있습니다

(마가복음 16:16; 사도행전 2:38; 사도행전 22:16, 벧전3:21, 갈3:27).

성경에서 말하는 세례는 그리스도를 믿고 참회하는 죄인들만을 위한 세례입니다

세례를 준다는 말은 헬라어에서 왔으며 "물 속에 잠긴다, 내려가다"는 뜻입니다. 그리고 성경은 세례를 항상 "죄의 장사"로서 지적하고 있습니다 (사도행전 8;35-39; 로마서 6 3-5).

에베소서4:3-6절 말씀에는 일곱에 대한 하나의 원칙을 설명하고 있는데 그 중 오직 세례가 하나만이 있다는 것을 증거하고 있습니다.

여기에서 하나라는 원어는 ες헤이스라는 수사로서 수의 개념의 하나임을 나타내 보이고 있습니다. 우리가 그리스도교 내에서 행하는 유일한 세례의 모형은 βαπττιιζω-밥티죠입니다

그 어떤 다른 형태의 세례가 존재 할수 없습니다

신약성경은 세례의 목적을 다음과 같이 설명하고 있습니다. 그러므로 세례는 대단히 중요합니다.

1). 세례(βαπττιιζω)는 창조주의 나라에 들어가는 것이다 (요한복음 3:3-5).

2). 세례는 그리스도의 십자가의 죽음과 고난을 체험하는 것이며 나라는 자신을 많은 물속 에 죽고 장시지내고 그리스도와 함께 일으킴을 받는 것이다 (로마서 6:3-5).

3). 세례는 그리스도로 옷입는 것이므로 그리스도와 하나가 되는 것이다 (갈라디아서3:27).

4). 세례는 구원을 위한 필수이지 선택사항이 아닌 것이다 (마가복음16:16 베드로전서3:21)

5). 세례는 죄 사함을 받기 위한 것이다 (사도행전 2:38).

6). 세례는 죄를 씻어 버리는 것이다 (사도행전 22:16).

7). 세례는 죄악 된 세상에서 창조주의 나라 안으로 들어오는 것이다

(고린도 전서12:13, 에베소서 1:23)

그리스도께서 온 세상의 죄를 위해 죽으셨고 구원의 은총에 참여하는 초대가 누구에게나 열려져 있으므로 (사도행전 10:34,35, 요한계시록 22: 17) 우리는 모든 사람들의 구원이나 죄가 예정되었다고 믿지 않습니다. 누구나 믿음과 순종으로 그리스도께 나오는 자는 구원을 받습니다. 그리고 그리스도의 말씀을 배척하는 자는 정죄를 받게 됩니다 (마가복음 16: 16). 이러한 말씀은 사람들이 미리 정죄 받았기 때문에 잃어버린 바 되는 것이 아니고 사람들이 정죄의 길을 선택했기 때문에 잃어버린 바 되는 것입니다.

당신이 이 순간 어디에 계시든지, 우리는 당신이 창조주께서 그리스도를 통하여 베푸신 구원을 인정하시고, 순종하는 믿음으로 그리스도인이 되시기를 바랍니다.

예수 그리스도 안에서 창조주의 은혜가 모든 사람들 위에 함께 하시기를 그리스도의 이름으로 기도합니다.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the church of Christ?

The word "church" simply means "assembly or gathering." Did you know that the first time the word "church" was mentioned in the Bible was from the mouth of Jesus? The twelve apostles were gathered together with Jesus in the far northern part of the Golan Heights at the southern foot of Mt. Hermon near modern day Baniyas when he said, "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it," Matthew 16:18 (RSV). Based upon the solid "rock" foundation of His divinity, Jesus planned to build His called out people, His church. After the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension to heaven of Jesus, the church Jesus planned began as recorded in Acts, the second chapter. That church followed strictly the teachings of the apostles of Jesus (see Acts 2:42, Galatians 1:8,9, Jude 3).

When it all comes down to it, members of the churches of Christ are a people of restoration spirit--wanting to restore in our time the original New Testament church.

In the latter part of the 18th century, men of different denominations, studying independently of each other, in various parts of the world, began to ask: 

  • Why not go back beyond denominationalism to the simplicity and purity of the first-century church?
  • Why not take the Bible alone and once again continue "steadfastly in the apostles' teaching..." (Acts 2:42)?
  • Why not plant the same seed (the Word of God, Luke 8:11), that first century Christians planted, and be Christians only, as they were? 

They were pleading with everyone to throw off denominationalism, to throw away human creeds, and to follow only the Bible. They taught that nothing should be required of people as acts of faith except that which is evident in the scriptures.
They emphasized that going back to the Bible does not mean the establishment of another denomination, but rather a return to the original church.

Members of churches of Christ are enthusiastic about this approach. With the Bible as our only guide we seek to find what the original church was like and restore it exactly.

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Is the church of christ a denomination?

By definition the church of Christ cannot be a denomination because it is not dependent on man-made creeds, but simply in the New Testament pattern. We do not conceive of ourselves as being a denomination --nor as Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish -- but simply as members of the church which Jesus established and for which he died.

And that, incidentally, is why we wear his name. The term "church of Christ" is not used as a denominational designation, but rather as a descriptive term indicating that the church belongs to Christ.

We recognize our own personal shortcomings and weaknesses--and this is all the more reason for wanting to carefully follow the all-sufficient and perfect plan God has for the church.

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What is the historical background of the restoration movement?

One of the earliest advocates of the return to New Testament Christianity, as a means of achieving unity of all believers in Christ, was James O'Kelly of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1793 he withdrew from the Baltimore conference of his church and called upon others to join him in taking the Bible as the only creed. His influence was largely felt in Virginia and North Carolina where history records that some seven thousand communicants followed his leadership toward a return to primitive New Testament Christianity.

In 1802 a similar movement among the Baptists in New England was led by Abner Jones and Elias Smith. They were concerned about "denominational names and creeds" and decided to wear only the name Christian, taking the Bible as their only guide. In 1804, in the western frontier state of Kentucky, Barton Stone and several other Presbyterian preachers took similar action declaring that they would take the Bible as the "only sure guide to heaven." Thomas Campbell, and his more illustrious son, Alexander Campbell, took similar steps in the year 1809 in what is now the state of West Virginia. They contended that nothing should be bound upon Christians as a matter of doctrine which is not as old as the New Testament. Although these four movements were completely independent in their beginnings eventually they became one strong restoration movement because of their common purpose and plea. These men did not advocate the starting of a new church, but rather a return to Christ's church as described in the Bible.

Members of the church of Christ do not conceive of themselves as a new church started near the beginning of the nineteenth century. Rather, the whole movement is designed to reproduce in contemporary times the church originally established on Pentecost, A. D. 30. The strength of the appeal lies in the restoration of Christ's original church.

For more information go to: TheRestorationMovement.com

Presentations by Dan Chambers for Buford church of Christ:

Restoration: It's God's Idea and Restoration: It's A Great Idea

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How are the churches of Christ governed?

In keeping with the simple approach of doing what the Bible says, each congregation is completely autonomous and each seeks to be self-supporting, self-propagating, and self-sustaining. In each congregation, those that have existed long enough to become fully organized, there is a plurality of elders or presbyters who serve as the governing body. These men are selected by the local congregation on the basis of qualifications set down in the Scriptures (II Tim. 3:1-8). Serving under the elders are deacons, teachers, and evangelists. The elders are charged with the spiritual feeding and direction of the congregation. The members voluntarily submit to the authority of the elders. The elders are shepherds or overseers who serve under the headship of Christ according to the New Testament.

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What does the church of Christ believe about the Bible?

The original autographs of the sixty-six books, which make up the Bible, are considered to have been divinely inspired, by which it is meant that they are infallible and authoritative. Reference to the scriptures is made in settling every doctrinal question and pronouncement from the scriptures is considered final.

The Bible is full of history, prophecy, literature, and philosophy. It is also the the greatest love story ever written. It tells the story of how the Creator of all mankind, and everything in our world and beyond, stepped down to earth in human form to rescure mankind. It tells of one who loved mankind so much that He was willing to send His own Son to die for you, for me, for us. It is the most beautiful of love stories. It is more than a book. It is more than just words on a page. It speaks forth the message of hope to all mankind. What a great God we serve!

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Does the church of Christ believe in predestination?

The Bible clearly teaches that God preplanned and predestined the church to which believers would be added when saved. Additionally, the gospel was preplanned and predestined. (1 Corinthians 2:7.) God does not predestine individuals irresistibly. He has set a standard by which all men must choose to live. Our good and loving God wants all men to be saved, but only those who choose to obey God's plan for salvation will be considered as predestined. He ever lives to choose those who of their own will choose Him. Acts 4:28; Romans 8:29,30; Ephesians 1:4-5,11).

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Who, how, and why does the church of Christ baptize?

Baptism is a very misunderstood concept in the modern religious world. In fact, it is one of most controversial of issues. Thus, we seek to go back to the simplicity of scripture on the matter.

The early church baptized by full immersion. We see in every conversion in the New Testament that baptism is full immersion for the remission of sins. No sprinking, or pouring, is found in scripture. Infants were not baptized, only accountable believers were immersed for the remission of their sins. (Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21). 

In the salvation of man's soul there are two necessary parts: God's part and man's part. God's grace is is so great because He makes salvation possible. The Bible says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." (Eph. 2:8-9). No man deserves salvation because his choice to sin has separated him from his God. (James 1:14,15; Romans 3:23, 6:23). The love which God feels for man led Him to send His Christ into the world to redeem man. (John 3:16; Hebrews 2:10). The life and teachings of Jesus, the sacrifice on the cross, and the proclaiming of the good news of salvation to man is God's part in salvation.

Man's response is also necessary if man is to have salvation. Man must comply with the conditions of pardon which the Lord has announced. Jesus clearly set out man's part in the following way:

  • Jesus said one who hears what the Father says will come to Him. "It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me" (John 6:45).
  • Jesus said one must believe He is Lord. "I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." (John 8:24).
  • Jesus said one must repent, which involves godly sorrow and a will to change the direction of one's life. "No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3,5).
  • Jesus said one must confess Him as Lord. “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 10:32).
  • Jesus said one must be baptized to be saved. "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16).
  • Jesus said one must be faithful until death. "...be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life." (Revelation 2:10).

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How often is the Lord's supper partaken?

The Scriptures teach that we are to meet on each first day of the week (Sunday) to worship and break bread. A central part of the worship is the eating of the Lord's supper (Acts 20:7). It is the priviledge and responsibility of the follower of the Christ to remember Jesus' sacrifice on the first day of the week, as the early church did.

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What roles does music have in the NT church?

God created the perfect instrument for worshipping and praising Him - The Human Voice. It is the only one that can unite sound and words. It is the only one that is accompanied by the heart, the soul, the mind, and one's strength. Thus, a cappella singing is not only the one authorized form of musical worship, but is simple, beautiful, and does not call for professionals. One does not have to have a beautiful voice, know how to read music, or be a loud singer. God calls and asks for our whole body to sing forth melodies from within us. One cannot do such by passively sitting and just listening!

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By what means does the church secure financial support?

Each first day of the week the members of the church "lay by in store as they have been prospered" (1 Cor. 16:2). The amount of any individual gift is generally known only to the one who gave it and to the Lord. This free-will offering is the only call which the church makes. NO assessments or other levies are made. However, the NT teaches and expects generocity and sacrifice from followers of Christ as they are major tenants of Christian living.

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What is the practice of the church of Christ concerning divorce?

The simple teaching of Christ in Matthew 19:3-9, reminds men that marriage is God-ordained and is intended to be binding until death. The only exception mentioned in scripture is in the case adultery. In such cases it is believed that the innocent marriage partner is no longer bound by the marriage ties. Divorces, for the myriad causes known to modern society, are not recognized as scriptural.

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History

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Our History

In 1974, the Buford Church of Christ held its first worship service in the basement of Bob and Carol Elliott’s home on December 1st. Attendance was 8. Harry Postalwaite was the preacher and Joey Casey led singing. During 1976, the average attendance for morning worship was 23.

In 1977, the Buford congregation purchased six acres on Chatham Road. The Moulton, Alabama congregation bought a double wide trailer for Buford’s first building. Buford held their first service in the trailer on February 5th, 1978. Ralph Anguish became Buford’s full-time preacher on April 27th. In March of 1982 the Buford congregation was incorporated. Owen Freeman preached at Buford until Jimmy Miller and his family arrived in late August 1983. Jimmy served as Minister until August 2006. Attendance for morning worship was close to 50.

Ground-breaking for the first building was in late summer 1987 and was completed in December 1988. This building is now the Upper Room (Teen Room). Buford’s first Elders were installed in November 1993 and the first Deacons were installed in April of 1994. By this time the attendance for morning worship was around 100.

Ground-breaking for a larger auditorium began in January 1996, with the building being completed in December. This is now the Annex II building. Attendance at this time was 280. In September of 1998, Buford started the Sonflower Preschool. With the need for a larger benevolence room, office space and a library, construction began on the Larry Newman building in the fall of 1999 and was completed in April 2000.

2005 Ground-breaking for Buford’s newest auditorium and fellowship room was in April 2004. Our attendance for morning worship service was now up to 460. In May 2005, Buford held its 1st worship service in the new building. In May 2005, member Jason Obert was hired part-time to work as Buford’s first youth minister, serving until July  2009. In August 2006, Scott Harp became Buford’s first full-time minister, serving until April 2016. In the spring of 2007, Annex II was turned into classrooms. In January 2008, Juan Garcia became the first minister for the newly established Buford Iglesia de Cristo. In November 2011, Brandon Edwards became our first full-time youth minister, serving until May 2014. In January 2013, Jaewhan Seo became our first full-time Korean speaking minister.  In May 2014, Jeremy Pate began serving as our youth minister.  2014 marked the 40th year anniversary of the Buford church of Christ.

2016 Buford welcomed Kyle Rye as the new pulpit minister in September 2016. The Buford church of Christ has 10 elders and 27 deacons. The congregational membership is comprised of 300 individual families. Our attendance for Sunday morning worship averages 575.

Ministers

Kyle Rye - Pulpit Minister

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The Buford congregation is excited to have Kyle Rye serving as our new Pulpit Minister as of September 1, 2016. He has been preaching for over 14 years. He received a B.A. in Bible and Religion from Harding University in 2003. In addition, he received a Master of Ministry degree in May of 2012 from Harding University. He has had the privilege to speak at many Summer Series, AIMCON at Faulkner University and during mission trips. He previously served the Scenic Hills church of Christ in Pensacola, FL as a Youth Minister and later as Pulpit Minister; he began his ministry there in 2004.

 In 2004, Kyle married the former Sara Hurd. Kyle and Sara are blessed with a 3 year old daughter, Micah. Kyle was raised around Arkansas and is still a Razorback fan. Sara has family roots there as well. They worshipped at the Somers Avenue church of Christ in North Little Rock, where his father, grandfather and father-in-law all served as elders. Right after being married, they headed to the work in Florida.

Kyle continues to serve in the Lord’s work and seeks ways to help individuals and the church grow Spiritually.

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Jeremy Pate has been in Youth Ministry for 17 years, beginning as a youth intern and then in full-time work. He grew up in Columbia, TN and worshipped with the Graymere congregation. He was baptized into Christ at 12 years of age. He has been married to the former Brooke Watkins since May of 2005 and has two daughters.

He received a BFA in Graphic Design/Illustration from Middle Tennessee State University in 1997 and went on to work for approximately 2 years in Columbia, TN doing design/illustration work from 1997-1999. After two years as a youth intern, he decided (with help from the Graymere congregation) to go back to school and get a Masters degree in ministry so that he could begin full-time work in a more prepared way. He went to Freed-Hardeman University from 1999-2001 and graduated in May of 2001 with a Masters in Ministry.

After graduation from FHU, he worked full-time in youth ministry with the Westhill church of Christ in Corsicana, TX (2001-2007) and Northport church of Christ in Northport, AL (2007-2014). He began serving at the Buford church of Christ in May of 2014. Through his years in ministry, he has been involved in outreach, service, Bible Study, devotionals, Bible classes, retreats, family workshops, camps and youth rallies. He coordinates workshops for the Lads to Leaders program in Art-Says-It and Song Leading. He designs communication materials and has completed freelance artwork for Apologetics Press, Focus Press, Lambert Book House and youth events at other congregations. He has written and designed 12 books of teen-based curriculum for Lambert Book House as well as Home Bible Studies for families to use.

He is on the Board of Directors for the Southern Evangelism Conference and the Executive Committee for the Exposure Youth Camp. He has spoken on the topic of “Family Ministry” both at the FHU Lectureship and at Polishing the Pulpit.

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JaewhanSeoJaewhan Seo - Korean Speaking Minister

Jaewhan Seo has been a preacher of the Gospel for the past 30 years in South Korea. He received formal education in a Korean Seminary and also finished a full two-year intensive preacher-training program with the churches of Christ in Korea. His wife Myung S Ji was an Educator and Education Administrator in Korea. They have green cards that will allow permanent residency and work permits here. They placed membership with the Buford congregation in December 2012. Jaewhan expressed a deep interest in working with the Buford congregation, to be involved in the work and to be an integral part of the church here. They desire to assimilate into our culture and congregation, which will provide benefits for their children, who are English speaking. They have 2 teens that take an active part in our youth group. In January 2013, Jaewhan became an official minister of the Buford church of Christ.

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Juan Garcia is the Minister for Buford Iglesia de Cristo that meets at our building in Buford. He is a native of Matehuala, S.L.P., Mexico. He was born on May 16, 1961. Juan arrived in this country when he was 7 years of age and was raised in Sterling, Illinois until 1979. Then he lived in Texas from 1980-2003. In Dallas, he met his wife Elvira in 1986 and married her one and a half months later. His three children were born in Dallas, Texas (Valentin 1987, Elvira 1988, and Juan Carlos 2003). Juan and his wife were both baptized into the Lord in 1988. Juan attended the Center for Christian Education in Dallas (1991-1993), and then went to preach to his first congregation in Borger, Texas (1993-1995). He and his family later moved to Corsicana, Texas where he began the Spanish work (1996-2003) under the guidance of the Westhill Church of Christ elders. After this missionary endeavor, Juan and his family moved to Hope, Arkansas to continue a work already in progress (2003-2005).  From here, Bro. Juan moved to be the Hispanic Minister at the Chestnut Dr. Iglesia de Cristo in Doraville, GA. (2005-2008). Presently, he is Minister of the Buford Iglesias de Cristo in Buford, GA. (2008).

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Eldership

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Elder - John Burnette

Youth

Elder - Stan Burnette

Missions - Domestic/Stateside and Finances

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Elder - Doug Cole

Edification

Elder - Bob Conolty

Church Administration, Buildings, and Evangelism

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Elder - Ken Lollar

Grounds and Senior Involvement

Elder - Todd Newman

Education - Cradle Roll thru Adults

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Elder - Stan Nutt

Care Groups, Worship and Involvement

Elder - Lyle Owens

Technology and Community Outreach

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Elder - Stan Quinn

Missions - Global/Foreign and Marriage Enrichment

Elder - Scott Sitton

Spiritual Growth and Fellowship

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Contact the Elders

At the Buford congregation we currently have 10 elders that oversee the functioning of the church and our membership (Acts 20:28).

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