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Churches of Christ[1] are assemblies of non-denominational Christians. Our plea is a return to simple New Testament Christianity. Our rule of faith is the Bible and the Bible alone[2]. In the Book of Acts, we read of the establishment of churches of Christ all over the Roman Empire during the first century of our era[3]. These congregations, were taught the same faith[4] (doctrine); had the same organisational structure[5] and the same worship[6]. In the Knocklyon church of Christ we have restored the divine pattern of the church, so plainly set forth in the New Testament.
One of the salient features of the early church was that it had no headquarters; each assembly was completely autonomous. Although congregations existed in the first century with no governing officers[7] yet, as soon as men were qualified, Bishops were appointed in each church (Bishops are also called Elders)[8]. These Elders were given the oversight of the congregation in which they were appointed (they had no authority outside of their own group)[9]. They ruled, under the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to His revealed will in the New Testament. Qualified Deacons[10] were also appointed to serve the Elders, helping them in their work of overseeing the congregation.​
In the New Testament, there are a number of prerequisites before a person becomes a member of the church of Christ. The first is faith. One has to believe in the Son of God (Jesus Christ) as the crucified Saviour of the world.[11] This faith comes by hearing the word of God[12]. Without this faith, one cannot become a Christian or a member of the church. Such faith leads to the second prerequisite repentance. Repentance is not penance; it is a genuine change of heart, a turning away from evil and a turning back to God[13]. The third prerequisite is a willingness to confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. This usually precedes baptism[14]. Baptism in the Bible is a burial in water that means, the repentant believer is immersed in water[15]. The purpose of baptism is the remission of sins[16]. Baptism is also the entrance into the church[17].
From the New Testament, we imitate those Christians who, ".. were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer"(Acts 2:42). We find that on every first day of the week, when they came together to break bread, they also heard the word of God preached (Acts 20:7). They worshipped God and taught each other through singing words based on the word of God (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16). We have no scriptural evidence the early church used instruments as a substitute for or accompaniment to singing, so we do not use musical instruments. The purpose of the Lord's supper, when we come together on Sunday, the first day of the week, is in order to remember Jesus and proclaim His death until He comes again (1 Cor. 11:23-26; Acts 20:7).  Christians who are part of the church at Knocklyon cheerfully give as God has blessed them, and as they have purposed in their heart (1 Cor. 16:1-4; 2 Cor. 9:6-8) and expect that money to be used in a scriptural way. This giving has no set amount attached to it. It is private, between the giver and God. Likewise, in the worship, the men will lead in a number of prayers, as they do in all things (1 Tim. 2). We believe that all things should be done decently and in order, and for the purpose of edification (1 Cor. 14). 
Only people who have believed, repented and have been baptised, are considered members (children only become members when they are old enough to decide for themselves).​
The first documented evidence we can find of a church of Christ in Dublin is from a letter written on the 24th of June 1818 to Alexander Campbell from a congregation of 100 people in Stephen St., Dublin. The church at Knocklyon now has 60 in attendance at worship services on Sunday mornings. Our property is located on Knocklyon Road Dublin 16.

Scriptural references
[1] Romans 16:16 [2] 2 Timothy 3:16 [3] Acts chapters 13 &14

[4] Jude 3 [5] Acts 14:23; Philippians 1:1 [6] 1Corinthians 4:17
[7] Acts 14:21-23 [8] Acts 20:17, 28 [9] 1 Peter 5:2

[10] 1 Timothy 3:8-13 [11] John 8:23-24

[12] Romans 10:17 [13] Isaiah 55:6-7 [14] Romans 10:9-10

[15] Romans 6:3-4 [16] Acts 2:38 [17] 1Corinthians 12:13

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