Churches of Christ 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. 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. These congregations, were taught the same faith (doctrine); had the same organisational structure and the same worship. 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 yet, as soon as men were qualified, Bishops were appointed in each church (Bishops are also called Elders). These Elders were given the oversight of the congregation in which they were appointed (they had no authority outside of their own group). They ruled, under the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to His revealed will in the New Testament. Qualified Deacons 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. This faith comes by hearing the word of God. 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. The third prerequisite is a willingness to confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. This precedes baptism. Baptism in the Bible is a burial in water that means, the repentant believer is immersed in water. The purpose of baptism is the remission of sins. Baptism is also the entrance into the church.
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).
 Romans 16:16  2 Timothy 3:16  Acts chapters 13 &14  Jude 3  Acts 14:23; Philippians 1:1  1Corinthians 4:17  Acts 14:21-23  Acts 20:17, 28  1 Peter 5:2  1 Timothy 3:8-13  John 8:23-24  Romans 10:17  Isaiah 55:6-7  Romans 10:9-10  Romans 6:3-4  Acts 2:38  1Corinthians 12:13