The church of Christ is not a denomination. We consider denominationalism is nothing more than division and this is condemned in the Bible. “Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree, and there be no divisions among you, but you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment” 1 Corinthians 1:10. Paul goes on to condemn them for saying “ ‘I am of Paul,’ and ‘I of Apollos,’ and ‘I of Cephas,’ and ‘I of Christ’” (1 Cor 1:12) Does this not sound like the denominations today claiming they are some what different. The call was to be one, not many! The command was to be of one mind, not promote different doctrines!
Jesus only built one church, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not over power it” Matthew 16:18. There are many churches around today, but I don’t know about you, but there is only one that I want to be in. The church that Christ built.
The church that Christ built came into existence on the day of Pentecost, about 9 o’clock in the morning in the year AD 33 or 34 (read Acts 2). The denominations that we find today came into existence considerably later than that! Christ established His church. Men like John Calvin, Charles Wesley, Martin Luther and other, established their churches. Whose church do you want to be in?
Of course this leads to the question, how do we find out about this church that Christ built? We read of it in the Bible. The call goes out for us all to go back to the Bible. Reject the doctrine of men, God gave us His inspired word. We can read it and we can understand it. If you want to find out about the church that existed in the first century, read the book of Acts. There you will find out how to become a member of Christ’s church and how to worship God in spirit and truth.
The church of Christ is simply a group of Christians worshiping God in the manner laid out in the New Testament and seeking to follow the doctrine of Christ found in the Bible.