Frequently Asked Questions:

What denomination is the Milam Street church of Christ? 

Initially when Jesus created the church there was only one church (Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:4). As the years went by there were more and more people leaving the authority of the scriptures and one of the largest departures was the Catholic church. Then as the Catholic church grew in it’s abuses and the word of God was becoming more available, there was the protestant reformation that led to a splintering into various religious groups or denominations. Now the intention was good in that they wanted to go back to the bible, but the efforts fell short in going back to the one church Jesus established.

Now, for the church at Milam Street we are not connected with any denomination – we are undenominational (we don’t believe or approve of any denominations). In the scriptures division was strongly rebuked (1 Corinthians 1:10-13) and they were to stop following men and only follow Christ. So, we are only christians. We simply take the word of God (Luke 8:11 – Seed) and what comes from that is only christians (Plant – 1 Peter 1:22-23). We have no creeds except the bible, no name but Christian, no headquarters but Heaven, and we do not follow the traditions of men, only the authority of the New Testament.

How is Milam Street governed?

We have no organization larger or smaller than the local church. There are no levels of oversight for our church. We are a self-governing body of Christians that submit to Christ’s authority as revealed in the New Testament.

Christ is the head of the worldwide church (Ephesians 1:22-23), and of each local church. With him as the head we strive to follow the first century pattern for their local organization which consisted of elders (pastors or shepherds) (Acts 14:23), deacons (special servants) (Philippians 1:1), and evangelists (2 Timothy 4:5). The shepherd’s job is to lead, feed, and protect the flock (Acts 20:28). The role of deacon is to be serve and lead over specific physical things in order to leave the elders to do their job (Acts 6:1-6). Finally, the evangelist is involved in the feeding of the flock, being a leader in evangelism, and being an example for the congregation.

What does Milam Street believe about the Bible?

God has had a process of revealing his word through man for thousands of years. We here at Milam Street believe the bible to be the completion of that work and understand it be the inspired word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13). As such, the New Testament is our standard for all we believe, teach, and practice. The gospel was only given one time for all time (Jude 3) and it equips us for all that we need (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We strive to follow the command of God recorded by Peter in 1 Peter 4:11 where he says “if any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.”

Does Milam Street baptize only by immersion?

In a world where over 50% of people who are baptized are not immersed, the topic of baptism is quite controversial. But the bible teaches that believers were immersed in water.  The English word “baptize” comes from the Greek word “baptizo” and literally means “to dip, to immerse, to plunge.” In the New Testament this pattern is reproduced in Romans 6:3-6 where baptism is pictured as corresponding to Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. We immerse adults (who can believe, repent, and confess) completely in water for the same reason they taught in the New Testament – to have remission of sins (Acts 2:38), to wash away sins (Acts 22:16), to save (1 Peter 3:21), and to add us to the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). This is the point where we obey from the heart (Romans 6:17 – have faith) and we receive God’s gift (Romans 6:23 – Grace).