There was a church, built by Christ and established upon this earth during New Testament times. The record of that church is found in the Bible, especially in the book of Acts, and in the twenty-one letters addressed to the churches. When we read the story found within, there is much encouragement; but before we have finished the letters, we observe some evidence of general decline,a waning of interest, and the approach of general apostasy. Secular history of the second century soon reveals the fact that the New Testament church was practically lost. Men quickly forgot the things they were so recently taught. And being as human as they were, they soon departed from the original standard, which was never in harmony with the ways of men. There was developed a form of religion wholly foreign to that found in the New Testament. With the passing of centuries, human organizations grew, officials were multiplied, and Bible terms were so abused, that, before long, practically every likeness of the New Testament church was forgotten. Doctrines unknown to God’s Word were readily accepted.
Nelson Chapel Church of Christ believes: no church but the one built by Christ; no creed but the Bible; no name but that found in His word; and no practice that is not as old as the New Testament. To duplicate the church of the New Testament and to restore it in doctrine and practice is our aim and purpose. We have no creed, no discipline, no church manual, no ritual, except the Bible, the book of God Divine, the living God, the Creator of the universe. We have no leader, no head,except Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. We stand pledged to speaking where the Bible speaks and keeping silent where God’s book is silent. We accept as a matter of faith, what, and only what, the Holy Scriptures teach, doing everything and only what the the Scriptures enjoin and rejecting all practices having their origin in tradition, human reason, or expediency.
2 Tim.2:15: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
1 Cor.3:11 “Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ”