Utica Indiana Church of Christ


Churches of Christ (Non-Instrumental) are the most conservative elements of the American Restoration movement, but also the largest group within that movement.  The Civil War hastened the division, and most congregations are south of the Ohio River.   The group officially split from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as of the 1906 census, when they asked to be listed separately.  Primary issues were the missionary society and the use of instruments in worship, due to Thomas Campbell's oft-quoted, "Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent."  This group also opposes the involvement of women in leading worship. 

The Utica Church of Christ is one of six groups of Churches of Christ that descended from the main doctrines in the years since 1906. We are in the group known as Churches of Christ Non-Instrumental, Premillenial which was started in the 1930’s in Louisville Kentucky. The main periodical called The Word and Work was discontinued in 2009.

We are un-denominational and have no central headquarters or president. The head of the church is none other than Jesus Christ himself. (Ephesians 1:22,23)

Slogans that explain and clarify beliefs:

"Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; and where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent"

This defines a commitment to speak, teach, and preach on the  contents of the Bible while avoiding additions to the scripture that come about from traditions or cultural developments. 

"In essentials unity, in opinions liberty, and in all things love"

Essentials include the direct teachings of the Bible, opinions refer to those areas not specifically defined in the Bible (such as musical instruments in worship), and love is held as the unifier that holds the congregation together in spite of differences in opinions.

"No head-quarters but heaven, no creed but Christ, no book but the Bible, no plea but the gospel, and no  name but the divine."

These churches hold the Bible as the direct basis for doctrinal statements rather than referencing any denominational creeds and believe that churches should take on no name other than the one that defines them as followers of Christ.  Hence the name "Christian"

"Christians only, 
but not the only Christians."
A recognition that the people of these congregations define themselves only as Christians (not Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, etc.), but they do not consider themselves to be the only Christians.

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