About The ICOC

Submitted by The Editors on Fri, 2019-03-01 05:52

The ICOC, or International Church of Christ, is a family of churches spread across 155 nations of the World. They are racially integrated congregations made up of a diversity of people from various age groups, economic and social backgrounds. They believe Jesus came to break down the dividing wall of hostility between the races and people groups of this world and unite mankind under the Lordship of Christ (Ephesians 2:11-22). They are non-denominational and as a family of churches are structured to avoid two extremes; disconnected autonomy and overly centralised authority.

They believe anyone, anywhere who follows God's plan of salvation in the bible will be saved. Christians are saved by the grace of God, through their faith in Jesus Christ, at baptism. (Ephesians 2:10, Romans 3:22, Acts 2:38, Matthew 28:18-20) They do not subscribe to the "sinners prayer" as a biblical method of conversion (James 2:20-26). While holding to sound doctrine is important, the ICOC teaches that Jesus is "full of grace and truth" (John 1:17) and that ultimately God decides who will be saved. 

They have expanded rapidly around the world with an ambitious plan to have churches in every country, city, town and village. Starting in 1979 with about 30 members, the ICOC exploded to more than 37 000 members within it's first twelve years. Most recently they have grown from 88 000 members in 590 congregations, to currently 112 000 members in 711 congregations.