Questions & Answers
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What is a “Church of Christ”?
“Church of Christ” is not a copyrighted name – we’re not a franchise of another congregation or denominational body. The term is found in Scripture (Romans 16:16), but it’s not used to describe one religious group rather than another (in the Bible times, there was only one church).
When we call ourselves simply the “Fredericksburg church of Christ,” we only intend to communicate that we are located in Fredericksburg, Texas, that we are a church, and that we belong to Jesus.
We have a local history, traditions, and other things that might make us unique, but at the core of who we are we strive to be a church that belongs to Jesus – no more, no less.
I’ve heard that you believe “only members of the Church of Christ” will be saved? Is that true?
We do affirm that Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) and that “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). All of the blessings of God belong to those who are “in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3-14); this means that outside of Christ, we are separated from God (Ephesians 2:12f).
It is not, however, the name on the building that makes someone a Christian or puts a person “in Christ” where those spiritual blessings are. One becomes a Christian by becoming a follower of Jesus (hearing this teaching and letting it guide you to the best of your ability), having your sins washed away by God in water baptism (Acts 22:16; Colossians 2:9-12; Acts 2:38f), and continuing to keep in step with the Spirit of God, who comes to live in us at baptism, by walking in His ways (Galatians 5:13-26). God collects individual Christians together into congregations – this makes up the church.
So it’s not about signs, names, and politics – it’s about following Jesus through his life, into his death, burial, and resurrection, and faithfully moving with Him through life as a community of believers.
I’ve heard that “churches of Christ don’t believe in music.” What’s that all about?
This is probably a reference to the way that we worship in song. It’s a misnomer to say we don’t believe in music, but it’s accurate to say that we at the Fredericksburg church of Christ don’t use instruments in our worship times. As Christians, we want to live our lives like we see in the Bible, including how we “do church.” When the New Testament talks about music, it simply says “sing.” We think this is more than just a 2,000-year-old tradition, but that God loves it when all of His children “speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19). Our singing is not about who’s talented enough to perform, it’s about having a song inside of you to share with others. We all sing and we sing to each other. It’s a beautiful practice to be able to hear the voices next to you and around you lifted up in song and we think you’ll find the spiritual benefit in this practice of a cappella singing, too. “Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.” (James 5:13).