Frequently Asked Questions
We are a non-denominational church. The Bible teaches that God desires there to be one church (Ephesians 4:4) and so we have abandoned all denominational affiliations. Each member of our congregation has resolved simply to be a true Christian who is committed to a church that consists of other true Christians, as modeled in the Bible. Orange County Church of Christ is a regional congregation of Los Angeles International Church of Christ, which fellowships with sister churches around the nation and the world.
First, our call to individuals to become a true Christian who lives the life that Jesus expects of his followers is a higher expectation than that of many other churches. We also have a minority view on the topics of salvation and conversion. We believe that repentance must take place before baptism. That includes a turning away from all known sin and completely devoting a life to following Christ. Finally, we believe that baptism is for repentant, believing adults and that it is full immersion and for the forgiveness of sins. For a more in-depth discussion on this, see our Statement of Faith.
The Orange County church started in 1988. Since that time, it has grown to over 700 members with an attendance of over 1000 on Sundays. We have our roots in the Restoration Movement. We are a part of an international fellowship of churches numbering over 550. We originally were part of San Diego Church of Christ, but for many years have been a part of its sister church, Los Angeles International Church of Christ.
Yes. We have over 550 sister churches in 147 countries. It is our stated intention to fulfill Jesus’ command in Matthew 28 to “go make disciples of all nations.” Specifically in Orange County, we provide both spiritual and financial support to over 30 congregations in Mexico and Central America.
Our weekly contribution supports the day-to-day activities of the congregation. These expenses include paying for our facilities, paying the salaries of the ministry staff and supporting the different ministries of the church. There is a board of directors that oversees the overall budget of the church and a Regional Financial Advisory Committee that keeps up with the detailed expense information. The majority in these panels consists of non-staff members of the church.
We believe that baptism is the point in time that a person receives the forgiveness of their sins. We believe that baptism is for people who are old enough to understand the gospel, who have repented of their sins and have turned to God, and who understand that their sins are being forgiven in the waters of baptism. We believe that Biblical baptism is full immersion in water. (Acts 2:38, John 3:3-7)
Our ministers are trained in several ways. First and foremost, they receive hands-on training from a senior minister. This training can last from 1-4 years. They also attend various seminars, workshops and advanced Bible Study courses. Many of our ministers also pursue advanced education from various universities and seminaries.
The Bible clearly teaches against sex outside of a marriage relationship. Premarital sex, extramarital sex and homosexual sex are not a part of the plan of God. We believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman for life.
We do not see any biblical teaching opposing dancing. However, dancing that is overtly sexual is not appropriate.
The Bible does not teach against any particular type of music. However, some song lyrics today promote sinful behavior or demean God’s creation or commands. We oppose anything that would encourage a point of view contrary to God’s word.
The Bible does not condemn drinking, but it does condemn drunkenness. We have many members of our congregation who come from a background of addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. We do not want to do anything to cause them to spiritually stumble. We leave the decision regarding drinking alcohol to the individual as long as they do not abuse alcohol or cause another member of the church to stumble. (Galatians 5:19-21)
We follow Jesus’ example of remaining out of political debate. We take a stand on moral issues but not on political issues. We embrace members from all political parties and points of view. We caution the church not to make politics a point of division within the church. We pray for our governmental leaders regardless of how much we agree or disagree with them. (Matthew 22:16-22)
No. See previous answer.
We follow the example of the early church, which seemed to take communion weekly on Sundays (Acts 20:7). We do not hold this as a Scriptural command but rather choose this practice in deference to what seems to be the practice of the first century Christians.
We strive to have dynamic and involved relationships with other churches. This is reflected in the Southwest Christian Conference, National Campus Ministry Conferences and other regional conferences, camps and events that take place. We believe that outside relationships are an essential part of church growth.