Restoration Movement

What was the Restoration Movement? In short, it was a movement by faithful Christians who sought to live their faith by the New Testament alone and not by creeds and interpretations of man. Beyond that simple explanation, there is much history behind the movement.

Everything changed when the Johannes Gutenberg printed the first Bible in 1455. When that momentous event took place, the masses would finally be able to read for themselves the word of God and understand his instructions for themselves. Prior to the printing press, people had no choice but to rely on Catholic clergymen to disseminate God's word. With the biblical text becoming more and more accessible as time went on, some people became increasingly disenfranchised with Catholic teachings, most notably Martin Luther. His famous 95 Theses were complaints against Catholic dogma that he felt needed to be reformed. Although not a comprehensive list, other men of importance in the Protestant Reformation were Huldrych Zwingli, John Calvin, and John Knox.

As the Protestant Reformation continued in Europe, a new group of men in America had the bold idea that instead of trying to reform the Catholic Church, which resulted in numerous creeds and denominations, a better idea would be to restore the New Testament church by using only the teachings of the Bible rather than creeds based on interpretations of the Bible. This became known as the Restoration Movement. Early leaders of this movement were Barton Stone (1772-1844), Thomas Campbell (1763-1854), and his son Alexander Campbell (1788-1866).

The Restoration Movement actually began as two separate movements with similar ideals and goals. Barton Stone's group was in Kentucky at Cane Ridge and Thomas Campbell's group was in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In 1832, the two groups merged when they fully realized they were each trying to accomplish the same thing--unify Christians who did not agree with carrying denominational labels and creeds.

The ideals of the movement were simple. They wanted to be Christians only, not identified with denominational labels. They wanted to do Bible things in Bible ways, speak where the Bible speaks, be silent where the Bible is silent. These ideals were very attractive to people who felt oppressed and controlled by the Catholic Church and various denominations.

Today, the Restoration Movement has grown to include over 4 million people  who meet in non-denomination churches around the world. Churches that arose out of the Restoration Movement include the Christian Church, Churches of Christ, and Disciples of Christ.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring people to Jesus and help them become fully devoted followers who demonstrate God's love through service.

 

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