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The church of Christ was established on the day of Pentecost following the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from the grave (Acts 2). It is not denominational, nor is it even non-denominational, for when it was founded, the idea of a denomination had not yet been born in the minds of men. It has neither creed nor other man-made guide, but relies solely upon the word of God for its guidance and direction. It was founded by Christ (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 5:25), with Christ still remaining as its head (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18).

Those who are members of the body of Christ are in His church (Galatians 3:27; Colossians 3:15). To be added to the church by God (Acts 2:47), one must be obedient to that which has been commanded by God. One must believe in Christ (John 3:36), repent of sins (Acts 17:30), confess faith in Christ (Acts 8:26-27), and be baptized into Christ (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16). Salvation is in Christ (2 Timothy 2:10), but one cannot get into Christ except by baptism (Galatians 3:27).

The Cleveland church of Christ in Bankston is dedicated to serving God according to New Testament Christianity.


You may notice that our worship is distinctive: We do not use instrumental music; we do, however, believe in music. The New Testament tells us that music in worship under Christ's rule is singing words with one another in praise to God (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16), teaching and admonishing each other.

We partake of the Lord's Supper every first day of the week as the Bible teaches us to do (Acts 20:7). Our preaching is also distinctive. We seek to "speak as the oracles of God" (1 Peter 4:11), so you will hear many scriptures quoted in the sermon. We give as we are prospered (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). We pray to the Father through the Son (Colossians 3:17). Our worship is not glamorous, nor is it done for entertainment. Our worship is simply "in spirit and in truth" as God has commanded (John 4:24).