Austin Church of Christ
What We Stand For
By President James A. Garfield*
We call ourselves Christians, or Disciples of Christ.
We believe in God the Father.
We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and
We regard the divinity of Christ as the fundamental truth of
the Christian system.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, both as to His agency in conversion
and as indwelling in the heart of the Christian.
We accept both the Old and the New Testament Scriptures as the
inspired Word of God.
We believe in the future punishment of the wicked and the future
reward of the righteous.
We believe that the Deity is a prayer-hearing and prayer-answering
We observe the institution of the Lord's Supper on the Lord's Day.
To this table we neither invite nor debar; we say it is the Lord's Supper
for all of the Lord's children.
We plead for the union of God's people on the Bible and the Bible
The Christ is our only creed.
We maintain that all the ordinances should be observed as they were in the days of the apostles.
* James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United
States was the last of our "log cabin" presidents. He was the first person associated with Christian
Churches / Churches of Christ to become a US President. During much
of his life he served as a "lay preacher"
As the "principled reformer" Congressman became well-known during the
period, he was asked many times about
the group of believers with whom he worshiped. This classic
statement was his answer. Sadly he was assassinated by a disgruntled
patronage seeker in 1881, his first year as President, too soon to put any
of his "decency" reforms into practice. Another facet
of the man was his mathematics skill. He developed the
"trapezoid proof" of the Pythagorean Theorem. Other U.S.
presidents who had some connections with this body of Christians have
been Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan and some wonder if Abraham Lincoln
might have been, too.
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