Who We Are & What We Believe
We have no creed but Christ. We have called ourselves the “Restoration Movement” because it is our desire to “restore” the Church as revealed in the New Testament, especially as recorded in the Book of Acts. To this end we have a church without a denominational name, a man-written creed, or any other barrier to Christian unity.
The plea of our Movement has been, “In faith, unity; in opinion, liberty; in all things, Love.” We believe that, for the Church to be able to effectively evangelize the world, there must be Christian unity based upon God’s Word, the Bible.
The first rapid growth of the Christian Church as we know it today occurred on the American frontier in the 19th century. Many people were getting weary of restrictive denominationalism that was prevalent everywhere, and there began a growing desire among God’s people to lay aside the traditions of men and go back to the church described in the New Testament. The Restoration Movement quickly became the fastest growing religious body on the American frontier. In God’s providence these people began discovering one another and eventually led to what we call the CHRISTIAN CHURCH today. Our aim was and is to call people back to the Church found in the Bible.
In our desire to re-establish the Church of the New Testament, we have taken just the name “Christian.” We do not claim to be the only Christians, just Christians only.
We have also tried to establish a New Testament form of Church leadership. In the Church of the Bible you find a Church that selected their own spiritual leaders (I Timothy 3; Titus 1:5-9). So, in each Christian Church you will find Elders (overseers, bishops, pastors), as well as Minister(s) that serve in full time capacity to aid the church in accomplishing its mission of seeking God, sharing Christ and serving others.. The ultimate head of the Church is Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:24), it is His bride (II Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 21:2). It is His commands and leading, as revealed in the Bible, which we strive to follow.
Even though our Churches are self-governing, we cooperate locally and worldwide in the support of missionaries, Bible Colleges, camps and other joint endeavors. We have national fellowship through the North American Christian Convention and the National Missionary Convention. In our state there is fellowship through Leadership, Education, Camps, Florida Christian College, Campus ministries and Youth Conferences (etc.). These yearly conventions do not dictate any policies, their sole purpose is to edify God’s Church through worship services, workshops and fellowship.