(BNc) — According to the book, 2012 Churches of Christ in the United States, published by 21st Century Christian, the churches of Christ in the USA number 12,447, with 1,209,176 members. It is difficult to know how many New Testament Christians there are in the world today. For the sake of this article, let’s just suppose there are 1.2 million Christians in the USA and 1.2 million outside the USA, for a grand total of 2.4 or even 2.5 million New Testament Christians in the world. Continue reading
by John T. Polk II
Paul said: “But as you abound in everything –- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us –- see that you abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:7-9 NKJV).
The churches of Christ are noted for standing for the faith, speaking the truth in love, and loving Jesus Christ. But while the Neo-Sectarians among us are carving the brotherhood apart and stabbing brethren in the back at a distance, the boo-birds have decried how the churches of Christ aren’t doing anything and don’t know how to love one another. Continue reading
by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent
GENEVA, Ala BNc — A new website, http://www.thechurchofchrist.ws has been created by Sonnie Parker (William Roger Parker, Jr.) of Luverne, AL. Parker is a member of the Sasser congregation where Jeff Grimes is the preacher.
- Forums for individual members: For posting comments and questions on various topics and having open study discussions
- Private forums for congregations: The webmaster will work with a congregation to set up private forums for their members.
- Private Women’s forum: Women will have their own private area for teaching and study. Additional forums can be added.
- Blogs: Each member can have their own blog.
- Groups: Members can set up general, congregational, mission and study groups, and may be made public or private.
The Front Page consist of announcements, calendar, Biblical articles, Bible lessons library, tutorials, links to sound commentaries, Christian links, Bible games/quizzes, etc.
Congregations are encouraged to list their group in the online church directory.
The site is completely ad free and donation free. Sonnie Parker hopes this website will be a central site for church growth and is ready to help in any way.
LONGIDO, Tanzania (BNc) — On Aug. 1 Jane Desdery, Joy Jensen, Agnes Kamarage, Neema Martin and Stephanie Stafford traveled from Arusha to the Maasai bush country to conduct a day of Bible studies for the ladies of a new congregation in the Longido region.
BELGIUM, Alken (BNc) — A web site on the Book of Acts has been launched to teach the gospel of Christ.
THE HAGUE, Holland (BNc) — On June 1 about 120 Dutch-speaking Christians from nine congregations in Holland and Flanders (Belgium) met at The Hague for their yearly spring fellowship meeting.
by Richard Mansel
HAZELHURST, Ga. (BNc) – Sammie Carson’s battle with substance abuse nearly destroyed him. “I had lost hope. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why I could not break out of the bondage of the drugs and alcohol,” he said.
His wife’s strength and persistence in prayer led him to enter Three Corners Christian Recovery Residence where he was finally able to conquer his addictions. Continue reading
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (BNc) – Jimmie & Linda Hill and William & Katrece Howard traveled to Iceland from April 14 – 29 to encourage and edify the small congregation that meets in Reykjavik.
HANCOCK, Michigan (BNc) — ‘A word of encouragement’ is a brief e-mail message sent out five days a week by Dan Skaggs.
RAMNAD, India (BNc) – In February of 2009 the foundation was laid for a meeting place in Ramnad within easy walking distance from the railway and bus stations.
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (BNc) — On Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 Perry Boyd Cotham celebrated his 97th birthday by going out and eating Chinese food with some close friends.
ZAGREB, Croatia (BNc) — Damir was baptized into Christ on Thursday, Jan. 22.
His three teenage children found the church several years ago and were enthusiastic. Their parents, Damir and Adrijana, became regular participants in church retreats and camps. From time to time they would attend worship services on Sunday. Continue reading