Churches of Christ[1] are assemblies of non-denominational Christians. Our plea is a return to simple New Testament Christianity. Our rule of faith is the Bible and the Bible alone[2]. In the Book of Acts, we read of the establishment of churches of Christ all over the Roman Empire during the first century of our era[3]. These congregations, were taught the same faith[4] (doctrine); had the same organisational structure[5] and the same worship[6]. In the Templeogue church of Christ we have restored the divine pattern of the church, so plainly set forth in the New Testament.

​One of the salient features of the early church was that it had no headquarters; each assembly was completely autonomous. Although congregations existed in the first century with no governing officers[7] yet, as soon as men were qualified, Bishops were appointed in each church (Bishops are also called Elders)[8]. These Elders were given the oversight of the congregation in which they were appointed (they had no authority outside of their own group)[9]. They ruled, under the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to His revealed will in the New Testament. Qualified Deacons[10] were also appointed to serve the Elders, helping them in their work of overseeing the congregation.​

​​In the New Testament, there are a number of prerequisites before a person becomes a member of the church of Christ. The first is faith. One has to believe in the Son of God (Jesus Christ) as the crucified Saviour of the world[11]. This faith comes by hearing the word of God[12]. Without this faith, one cannot become a Christian or a member of the church. Such faith leads to the second prerequisite repentance. Repentance is not penance; it is a genuine change of heart, a turning away from evil and a turning back to God[13]. The third prerequisite is a willingness to confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. This precedes baptism[14]. Baptism in the Bible is a burial in water that means, the repentant believer is immersed in water[15]. The purpose of baptism is the remission of sins[16]Baptism is also the entrance into the church[17].

​Only people who have believed, repented and have been baptised, are considered members (children only become members when they are old enough to decide for themselves).​

Scriptural references:

[1] Romans 16:16  [2] 2 Timothy 3:16  [3] Acts chapters 13 &14  [4] Jude 3  [5] Acts 14:23; Philippians 1:1  [6] 1Corinthians 4:17  [7] Acts 14:21-23  [8] Acts 20:17, 28  [9] 1 Peter 5:2  [10] 1 Timothy 3:8-13  [11] John 8:23-24  [12] Romans 10:17  [13] Isaiah 55:6-7  [14] Romans 10:9-10  [15] Romans 6:3-4  [16] Acts 2:38  [17] 1Corinthians 12:13