Why the church of Christ

Why the church of Christ?
It was founded by the scriptural builder on the scriptural foundation, Christ.
 
And I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock
I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.(Matt. 16:18)  “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation and another is building upon it .  For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.“(I Cor. 3: 10-11)
Food for thought
In going back to the original language, we find the church
is built upon Christ, referred to as the rock (petra), not on Peter (Petros).
 
It was founded in the scriptural place, Jerusalem,   and the scriptural time, Pentacost.
 
Therefore, thus says the Lord, “I will return to Jerusalem with compassion;  My house will be built in it,” declares the Lord of hosts, …”  (Zech. 1:16)    See also Micah 4:1-2 and Acts 2
The church was built in Jerusalem on the day of Pentacost.  Not at a later date, by another person.
It has a scriptural name.
 
In all instances in the Bible the name for the church denotes ownership.
My church” (Matt.16:18) “the church” (Acts 8:3), “church of God” (1 Cor.1:2), “churches of Christ” (Rom.16:16), “the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12),
the church of the living God” (I Tim. 3:15)
Paul condemned divisive names in I Cor. 1:13, “Has Christ been divided?  Paul was not crucified for you, was he?  Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”
Food for thought
In going back to the original language, we find the church is built upon Christ, referred to as the rock (petra), not on Peter (Petros).
The church was built in Jerusalem on the day of Pentacost.  Not at a later date, by another person.
Most denominational names are not found in scripture.  If a name is not important, why did God change Abram and Sarai’s name in  Gen. 17:5,15?
It believes all the Bible to be the inspired word of God,  and has no other creed or church manual.
 
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteiousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (II Tim. 3:16,17) God warns of what will happen to those who add to or take from his word.  “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ.  But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you have received, let him be accursed.” (Gal. 1:6-9)  At the end of the New Testament, we are warned again, “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book; if any adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.” (Rev. 22:18)  Even in the Old Testament God commanded that no changes to his word be made.  “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I commanded you.” (Duet. 4:2)
There are many creed books and manuals in denominational churches.  What is the purpose of these items unless it is man’s attempt to try to “improve” upon God’s word.  Creed books and manuals are written by man.  Why does man think he must add to, take away from, or change God’s word, when God forbids it?
Human creeds are often changed every few years.  God’s word never changes.
It teaches that baptism is necessary for salvation.
 
In the words of Jesus, “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.”  (Mark 16:16)  This verse clearly points out that one is not saved until one both believes and is baptized.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  (Acts 2:38) This verse tells us that ones sins are not forgiven until one has been baptized.

Being saved requires hearing, believing, repenting, confessing, being baptized and continuing to live a Christian life.  Asking Jesus to “come into your heart” does not make one a Christian.
The church of Christ in not a denomination.
 
The church of Christ’s plea if for all to return to the gospel taught in the Bible.  Over the centuries more and more denominations with man-made names and man-made doctrines have begun.  Jesus prayed that all would be one.  “I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me.  And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know  that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love Me. ” (John 17:20-23)
God is not the author of confusion.  But, man continues to think he has better ideas than God.  In spite of Jesus’s prayer that all be one in Him, man has continued to change that which is taught in the Bible.
What about the Lord’s Supper?
The Lord’s Supper is partaken each first day of the week as a memorial to Jesus Christ. Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 said, “For I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, This is my body, which is for you: this do in remembrance of me. In like manner also the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” In 1 Corinthians 11:26 we are told, “For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye proclaim the Lord’s death until he come.” Each time we partake of the Lord’s supper we are to examine ourselves and remember that Christ died for us on the cross and that he will come again.
How often should we take the Lord’s supper? Many denominational churches choose to observe the Lord’s supper monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. The church of Christ partakes of the Lord’s supper each first day of the week. Acts 2:42 says of the church in Jerusalem, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 20:7 says of the church in Troas, “And upon the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul discoursed with them, intending to depart on the morrow.” By these and other verses, we can see the importance the breaking of bread had in the early church. The Jews were told in the Old Testament inExodus 20:7 to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Were they told to remember the Sabbath only quarterly or annually? No, they understood that this meant the Sabbath of each week. We are told in 1 Corinthians 16:2, “Upon the first day of the week let each one of you lay by him in store, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come.” Are we to give only quarterly, annually, etc.? Does this not say to God that giving is more important to man than remembering Christ through the taking of the Lord’s supper? Most people understand that we are to meet on the first day of each week and give on the first day of the week. Does man have the right to decide to limit the the observance of the Lord’s supper as commanded by Christ to just a few times a year? Christ said in 1 Corinthians 11 , “this do in remembrance of me”. The church of Christ would never choose to exlude this beautiful remembrance of Christ from our worship services each first day of the week.