What is the "church of Christ"?
At Miller Avenue, we don’t use “church of Christ” as a denominational designation. Our intention in using this name is to wear a descriptor that has its foundation in the new testament. In the Bible, Christ’s “church” is a collective reference to those who have been saved by Him in the world. In Matthew 16, Jesus promised to build his "church". When his disciples preached the good news after Jesus' resurrection, the church was established and people were added to it (Acts 2). As the message spread to different cities in the ancient world, local assemblies of Christians began to be established. These weren’t denominations, these were simply local churches, comprised of believers who were individually a part of Christ’s promised church. The “church of Christ” is one of the descriptions used in the new testament to refer to these local groups of Christians (Rom 16:16). So, we use the name to identify ourselves in a way that is consistent with the way first century local churches were identified. We are simply a local “church” or assembly of Christians. We believe in Jesus and we’re thankful for what God, the Father has done for everyone through Him!
Secondly, it is helpful to know that we are completely autonomous and independent. This means we’re not affiliated with or connected to any central organization or other local church, even ones with “church of Christ” in their name! We simply do our very best to honor God by earnestly following what He has revealed to us in His word. The best way to really find out about us is to check us out for yourselves. If the idea of simply trusting God and following His word sounds appealing to you, or if you just want to learn more about Him, feel free to call, email, or visit any of our assemblies. We would love to have you!