Churches of Christ

 

The Northwest School of Discipleship is a ministry that welcomes students from all backgrounds who desire a deeper knowledge of the Bible and Christ.  Yet, our primary focus is on helping and equipping believers in churches of Christ to be better disciples of Jesus.  Our churches grew out of the American Restoration Movement of the early 19th Century and have been characterized by certain distinctive beliefs and practices. Since churches are increasingly diverse on some of our historic positions, we think it useful to express our approach to some of them.

We believe...

When it comes to conversion and salvation, we believe faith, repentance, confession, and baptism are essential.  [Acts 2:38]

When it comes to congregational governance, we embrace and teach the plurality of elders model of leadership witnessed in the New Testament. [I Tim. 3:1-7]

When it comes to our attitude toward followers of Jesus outside our fellowship, we are trying to live out the watchword, “We are Christians only, but not the only Christians.”  [Luke 9:49-50]

When it comes to worship, we embrace a cappella worship and the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper. [Eph. 5:19;  Acts 20:7]

When it comes to congregational autonomy, we desire to develop healthy cooperative partnerships with many churches in the region without undermining the autonomy of individual congregations. [2 Cor. 8:1-7]

When it comes to navigating differences between Christians in our brotherhood we are mindful of the old saying, “In essentials, unity; in opinion, liberty;  in all things, love”.   [Rom. 14:1-12]

 

December 19, 2020