BLACKTOWN CHURCH OF CHRIST
"the churches of Christ greet you" (Rom 16:16)
Churches, as described in the New Testament, are made up of people.
A church is not a building in which people meet, nor is it an organization that people join, like a club. The churches established in the first century (Acts 14:23) were people who had obeyed the gospel and became disciples. (Acts 14:41)
How Were the Churches Identified?
Paul described several groups of disciples as "churches of Christ" (Romans 16:16). This was an appropriate description because these groups of people, "churches", belonged to Christ in a special way. Jesus had saved them when they obeyed the gospel. As a result they were dedicated to Him and His teaching.
How do we authenticate our claim to be a "church of Christ? We do not attempt to establish historical links with churches that existed in the first century. Rather, our "proof" is our close adherence to the principles Jesus and His apostles taught. This is the only basis for any group to claim to be "of Christ".
In short, the teaching of God's Word is our guide for all aspects of our lives and we constantly seek a closer relationship with God through Christ.
1 Cor 15:3-8 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles and last of all He appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.