Our Identity and Mission

Jesus’ prayer for His disciples was that they might all be one (John 17:20,21).  God’s desire for unity among His followers is still very important to Him.  True unity cannot ever come from the constantly differing religious viewpoints of mankind but instead must be based on God’s Word alone.

Central church of Christ is a group of people from various backgrounds, cultures and religious traditions who have come together, united in our belief that the Bible is God’s inerrant Word.  We have all responded in Faith, Repentance, Confession and Obedience to the good news about Jesus Christ.  In so doing each of us has become simply a “Christian”.  God’s eternal plan of salvation still works the same way today as it did in the First Century. He has provided a solution for our problem of sin.  But in order for it to be of benefit to us, a response is needed.

We must respond…

in Faith – Accepting God’s grace of forgiveness by trusting the fact that, like no one else before or after him, Jesus is able to save us from our sins, making us acceptable to God our father (John 14:6).

…in Repentance – Changing from a life of living to please ourselves  to one of living to please God (Luke 13:3).

…in Confession – Publicly accepting Jesus as the lord over all of our life and demonstrating it by both our words and actions. (Matthew 10:32-33).

…in Obedience – Choosing to follow God’s plan of redemption and trusting in the power of Jesus’ cleansing blood to forgive us our sins through water baptism (Colossians 2:12,13).  It’s at this point that we demonstrate our trust in Jesus by being baptized by immersion into Christ – “putting Christ on in baptism”  (Romans 6:2-4, Acts 8:36-38). It’s only through baptism that we become part of Christ’s body (Galatians 3:27) as God adds us to his church (Acts 2:47).

Consequently, our mission is twofold: to share this wonderful news of renewal and hope with everyone we meet and to continue in faithful and loving service to God and our fellow man until Christ returns to bring us home to live with him in heaven (John 14:1-3).