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Has your search for the Church that teaches only the Bible gone cold? More and more people are looking for answers but find themselves disappointed with what they find in other churches. Hear individuals from different religious backgrounds share how accepting an invitation to a Bible study in the Church Of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) changed their lives and gives them the continued strength they need to face life. Set up a time to speak with a minister of the Church Of Christ and learn more about the Church, how Bible studies are conducted, and finally get your biblical questions answered by the Bible.Show/Hide Transcript
The Church That Stays True to God’s Word
Herman King (Bronx, New York): I had been searching for the longest to find some church that would stand and give the actual meaning of God’s word.
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The number of people claiming to be “unaffiliated” with a religion continues to grow.
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Herman: A lot of the other religions, it’s a watered-down version.
Carlton Henderson (former Anglican): We could never really find that one church that we felt we connected with.
Mary Gueverra (National City, California): As a child, I was raised Catholic, and I never felt the connection with the Catholic Church. I just had a lot of questions. So I had hopped around from a church and different things; I was more than willing to try it.
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⅓ of US adults says their lives have changed because of a conversation about faith.
I was invited by a friend of mine.
I was invited by a workmate…
A friend online…
By a friend.
And they were passing out the little flyers.
I was invited by a neighbor.
Mary (former Catholic): It’s a life-changing event, to realize that what you were used to wasn’t enough. You needed to know more.
Herman (former pastor): I’ve never been in a Bible study [that was] anything like what I attended that day. And everything came straight from the Bible. The question was asked, the answer was given. And I sit there and I thought to myself, “You know what? I’m gonna give this a try.”
Karen Jackson (former Baptist): The first lesson was about the Bible and why we use the Bible as our source of worshiping God. He invited me, he said, “There’s more to hear. Would you like to come back tomorrow?” I’m like, “Wow, there’s more where that came from?” So I was really excited. And I went back every day.
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60% of “nones” or people with no religious affiliation say they question a lot of religious teachings.
Source: Pew Research
Zsolti Horvath (former Catholic): And I asked him [minister], “You mentioned a few times during the service that this is the one true Church. How do you know?” The first thing he quoted was Acts 20:28. He kept citing verse after verse of evidence backing up Acts 20:28, about why the Church Of Christ is the true Church. And it was, like I said, it stuck with me ever since.
Alejandro Peña (former Pentecostal): I asked the minister, “What do I need to do to be saved?” And straight from the Bible, that’s when he started showing it to me, verse by verse, one at a time.
Ivan Sanchez (former Protestant): The lesson was about the true God and the nature of the true God, who is the true God.
Candace Henderson (former Baptist): When I heard that Bible lesson, it made me question everything that I’ve ever been taught. And I realize that nowhere in the Bible was the word “trinity.” So that was the game-changer for me.
Ivan (Lancaster, California): I felt like, “Hey, this Church, this is different.” This Church is actually teaching the true teachings from the Bible.
Marda: The way everything was laid out, one verse connecting to another verse, just like a jigsaw puzzle, and if you believe that the Bible is composed of the words of God, that they’re the truth, then you won’t doubt any of the prophecies that are written in the Bible.
Elizabeth Allan (joined the INC in 2019): It’s the only Church that’s ever been able to give me the answers that I’ve been looking for. And I just, I knew in my heart that it was the right place to be.
Gregory Peterson (former Catholic): When I went to my first worship service in the Church [Of Christ], I was impressed with the solemnity of the worship service.
Tianna Tillman (former Baptist): The main difference for me was how the worship service was actually taught.
Brian Ramirez (former Baptist, Pentecostal and non-denominational Christian): The minister didn’t say anything that came from his own understanding. He had everything come from the Bible, everything had a verse backed up to it.
Mary (joined the INC in 2020): I would come into the worship services and I’d leave with something every day.
Marda: 2020 has been a year that will definitely go down in the history books. So many things have happened this year. But because of my faith in God, I know that I’m going to make it through all of these trials and tribulations and all of these difficult times.
Brian (Burnaby, BC, Canada): My faith has been my cornerstone. It’s been what I have leaned on and what I have relied on during this entire time.
Herman (joined the INC in 2016): The greatest impact that the Church has had on my life is that it helped me to understand, that it’s not my way, it’s God’s way. If I want to receive salvation on the Day of Judgment, I have to make sure that my life conforms to the word of God.
Carlton: To be a citizen of heaven, to me, means to belong there––to have the privilege and rights of belonging.
Brian: Now, we’re able to walk confidently each day knowing God’s going to be with us. God’s going to protect us. No matter what our eyes are seeing, He will be there for us.
Tianna (joined the INC in 2018): Even when I’m sad, like really sad, I know better than to get caught up in anything that happens here.
Marda: So often, people want to brag about their citizenship, whether it’s in the U.S. or wherever it may be. But the one citizenship that we should all brag about is having the citizenship in heaven.
Mary: That, to me, is the most amazing feeling. I used to really struggle and worry about things. Now I don’t. I’m at peace. I know that I will be there.
Karen (joined the INC in 1987): Knowing that I’m on the path to the heavenly kingdom, nothing else matters. Nothing else matters. Just stay the course.
Gregory (joined the INC in 1987): And because we have the assurance of citizenship of heaven, our focus should be on our true home in heaven.
Ivan Sanchez (joined the INC in 1996): I’m thankful that even though the world is full of chaos, full of unrest and a lot of hatred, in the Church Of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo), we have the true brotherhood, that no matter what your color is, no matter what your race is, we’re all brothers and sisters inside this Church. So I just wish that more people would find out about this, you know, like for my African-American brothers, my Latino brothers, from all ethnicities, you are all welcome inside the Church Of Christ.
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“When the news about the Coronavirus outbreak started to come out, I was 32 weeks [pregnant]. I was still working at that time, and a lot of things were running through my mind.”
Becoming a first-time mom was nerve-racking already for Adelfa Manguit. But the thought of starting that journey in the middle of a pandemic seemed terrifying.
“Being pregnant, my immune system was compromised, and with the little knowledge we know about the Coronavirus and the risks to pregnant individuals, it was scary.”
But she wasn’t alone in feeling scared.
In March, when news about the spread of the coronavirus intensified, so did searches about prayers.
And with uncertainty spreading just as quickly as the virus, many people were left wondering how you cope with something that feels entirely out of your hands.
Searching for answers in prayer
Maybe you tried Googling for answers? You’re not alone. According to Jeanet Sinding Bentzen, the executive director of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, “Search intensity for prayer doubles for every 80,000 new registered cases of COVID-19.”
But people aren’t just searching about prayer, they’re praying. According to a survey done by Pew Research, 55% of Americans have prayed for the end of COVID.
Among those praying to end COVID were individuals who said they either seldom or never prayed before the pandemic, as well as people who say they do not belong to any religion.
Along with searches about prayer, the popular Bible app YouVersion saw spikes for searches for “fear not” by 299%. The coronavirus has made many rethink aspects of their life, including their belief in God and the Bible.
“I started by searching for a question I never really considered before: ‘Why does God let us feel pain?’ This is something I never considered during the blessedly few and far between moments when I was truly sick, but as this virus is happening on a global scale, I needed answers,” said Patricia Johnson, who identifies herself as a moderate Christian.
During times of uncertainty, as humans, we tend to look for answers. We look for a greater understanding of why things are happening. Many find themselves looking to God for answers. Researchers saw this type of renewed religious commitment in the aftermath of 9/11 and often during times of natural disasters.
This coronavirus pandemic was no different.
“I never really thought much about my belief in God until this pandemic hit, and then I wondered – ‘Why would a supposedly benevolent being allow something like this to happen? What could possibly be the purpose?’” – Patricia.
The pandemic shattered routines and normal lives in a way no one ever expected, leaving many in search of answers and reason.
“Literally, every aspect of our lives had to change so drastically and so fast.” – Madane Bastero, a stay at home mom from Kent, Washington a city just outside of Seattle, where the first outbreak in the US took hold.
As a member of the Church Of Christ, Madane and her family turned to the one place they knew they could find answers.
Finding Answers in A World Lacking Certainty
Twice a week members of the Church Of Christ gather for worship, and to hear God’s words written in the Bible. And while the pandemic disrupted every aspect of their lives, including their ability to gather together in the Iglesia Ni Cristo worship buildings, the ability to listen to God’s teachings twice a week was not disrupted.
It was the one sure thing worshippers like Madane could rely on.
“To be able to still worship, even if it’s at home, gave a sense of normalcy even just for a short moment.”
Even for Adelfa, who was admitted into the hospital twice before giving birth the week the state of Florida went into lockdown, the worship service was the one thing that kept her calm during an already rocky time.
Each time she was admitted, she prayed to be discharged just in time for the worship service, which illustrates just how important it was for her and her husband especially during this time to hear God’s words.
“It is so essential for us to receive God’s words because it is through His words that we obtain the hope and peace that we need. We can gain the strength and fortified faith to face whatever trials and hardships in this life. We are reminded of His promises that in difficult times His love and His protection will keep us safe.
For Richard Carr, a grandfather from Seattle who still had to go into the office during the shutdown, the worship service served as a beacon of hope as the rising death rate in the US left little to be hopeful for.
“Every worship service has a very timely message, and even though we were not at the chapel, where we painfully longed to be, the message was not only comforting, but it was a joy to be able to listen to God’s words.” – Richard Carr, Seattle, Washington.
And for Jennifer Polintan from Rockland, New York, who saw almost every member in her family test positive with the coronavirus, the worship service was not just a source of hope, but something that bound her family together, despite being physically apart, especially when her 76- year old father was rushed to the hospital.
“Being able to connect with the worship services is tremendous. Knowing that they were in the hospital they were still able to hear the words of God and were connected through the preaching.”
Jennifer’s father recovered after being on a ventilator for 12 days. Other members of her family recovered as well. Unfortunately, her mother-in-law who also contracted the virus passed away.
But the same way the words of God gave them the strength to face the sickness, it was God’s words that gave her and her family comfort during their time of grief.
“There’s going to be good and there’s going to be bad. But it’s always a test of faith. I remember one of the lessons we heard, that this was a test. This was only going to make us stronger.”
What she [my mother-in-law] leaves behind to us is her faith, her legacy. She said [to us] “ I will fight but it’s not as I will but as God wills… That’s what I’m going to remember. And that’s what I want my children to remember when they wonder why this is happening.”
These individuals are like many around the world facing the uncertainty of this pandemic.
Parents trying to homeschool their kids during the pandemic. Grandparents who hoped to spend time watching their grandchildren grow up. People scared to go out because they live in a hot zone. New parents, scared of the prospect of bringing their kids in the world.
And while these ordinary people struggle with the same feelings of loss and grief, the words of God they received during the worship service offers a certainty they could not find anywhere else.
“Worshipping God gives us a sense of security and assurance that, although we can only do so much, God can do so much more.” – Madane
Preparing for the future: An opportunity to change
According to the American Enterprise Institute, 37% of Americans who believe in God say the coronavirus outbreak has made them feel closer to God. But the same researchers aren’t sure how long this renewed religious commitment will last, or if it’s just a human reaction to the uncertainty they’re feeling right now.
As restrictions begin to relax and people work towards recovering some sense of normal life, we’re already seeing searches for prayer level off after spiking in March and April.
Yet, ask anyone around, there are still a lot of unknowns out there.
Is there a way to guarantee that this will be the last pandemic we face? Will the economy bounce back? What will the future look like for you? How will our new normal look like a year from now? Even as we write this, a new type of unrest is taking over the headlines.
While no one can answer these questions with 100% assurance, the words of God can help us face these unknowns and whatever else the future holds, knowing you have the ultimate guide directing your life.
Why do we feel such strength and comfort as we offer worship? Jesus said this:
That’s how Madane is making it through. She is thankful for the preparation she receives in the worship service for whatever may come up next in our very uncertain future.
“Thinking back to the [Biblical] lessons before this all took place, they were all so timely. I know there is no such thing as coincidence, I know God was preparing us for this. I also knew that the [Biblical] lessons being taught during these times will address the things we are experiencing and that’s exactly how it’s been.
The [Biblical] lessons have made it “easy” to live through all this scary stuff. I didn’t need to search anywhere else outside the [Biblical] teachings of God taught during the worship services.”
Is this a wake-up call and who is it for?
Some say that this pandemic is a wake-up call—an opportunity for us to reassess our lives and the paths we’re taking. If you’ve gotten this far, perhaps the wake-up call is for you?
Perhaps you’re looking for a way to prepare for the next crisis that comes your way. It doesn’t even have to be another pandemic, a natural disaster, or something big. There are so many difficult things to face in life, perhaps next time you won’t have to go through it alone.
If you’re ready to find out how learning God’s words can help you face whatever life will bring, get in touch with us on incmedia.org, and let’s talk about it.
About the Writer:
This blog was co-written by Renezen Benedicto with biblical support by Bob Pellien, a minister of the gospel of the Church Of Christ.
Renezen is that introvert you probably saw in the corner reading articles on her phone. She worked in Human Resources for over 8 years until she found her true purpose of sharing God’s words to people around the world. When she’s not on her computer or her phone, she’s usually out running in San Francisco or trying something that makes her uncomfortable, like socializing and boxing.
Bob has been an ordained minister in the Church Of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) for over 30 years.
Is your relationship with God growing weak? Not sure what to look for in a church? See what these young adults discovered when they gave the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) a chance.Show/Hide Transcript
What Young Adults Found in this Church
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30% of young adults raised in a religious tradition growing up say they no longer affiliate with one as an adult.
Allisa Austin: I think young adults are turning away from their faith because the hardships of living in the world right now are so concrete.
Tianna Tillman: Because of cynicism.
Brian Ramirez: The value placed on spiritual well-being, on spiritual journeys, has greatly diminished over time.
Jasmine Canales: Or because they just had bad experiences within their church or the people in it.
PJ Bradley: Perhaps they tried to ask questions and weren’t satisfied with the answers.
Tianna: Or they see bad things happening in the world, and they feel as though God has forgotten them.
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Generation Z is the least religious generation. About one third have no religion—about the same proportion as among millennials.
Richard Hughes: I grew up as a Catholic. I actually left the Catholic church when I was quite young.
Jasmine: I would say that I didn’t grow up going to church. I wasn’t religious. I wasn’t spiritual.
Tyler Asuncion: My family didn’t go to church.
Tianna: I grew up going to church.
PJ: I grew up going to church occasionally. But it didn’t really mean all that much to me.
Allisa: I remember growing up, I started going to church because of family and tradition.
Brian: I did actually grow up in a church, you can say I grew up in a church since birth.
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Studies found Gen Z is also the loneliest generation. 9 out of 10 Gen Z adults have experienced depression or lack of motivation.
Tianna: I was in a very, very dark place. I started to feel as though I had no purpose, what’s the point, it was hard for me to get out of bed.
Allisa: When I started looking for a church on my own, I just— I was relying on like a gut feeling like going in, and for it to, to align with the things that I already knew to be true.
Richard: I felt like I needed to improve my values, I was questioning life. Everything happens and a lot of dark things happen and it’s very hard to justify those things if there’s not a bigger picture. For me I needed an answer.
Tianna: I didn’t have purpose. I just was kind of floating around without any direction. When I was introduced to the Church Of Christ, and the doctrine and the faith and the brethren, it all came to me at such an important time.
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61% of young Christians say they attend a church to learn about God.
Tianna: What did you find in the Church Of Christ that you couldn’t find anywhere else? Actual doctrine! I found actual doctrine in the Church Of Christ.
PJ: It’s a no brainer that the Church Of Christ was the right Church for me because the moment I walked in, I felt loved. It wasn’t loud. It wasn’t disorderly, the order was impeccable, everything just seemed to fit right into place.
Richard: The minister reads everything to you, explains everything to you. The ministers teach it in the most pristine fashion. And you always go away knowing what the lesson is about, what values it’s supposed to instill within you.
Brian: So when I saw this Church I realized how everything was consistent. Everything had a basis in the Bible. So it was that much easier for me to see why I would join the Church Of Christ.
Tianna: I think it’s important to have God, my faith and the Church because it gave me a purpose. I wasn’t wandering around anymore, searching for happiness, I didn’t feel lonely anymore. Being given that purpose and that drive and motivation back again was really, really important to me. The life itself that I’ve been given, the time, you know, all that I feel like there are moments where I just wake up and I’m just happy. I’m just happy for no reason and it’s just because I’m, I’m thankful.
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39% of Gen Z feels ‘spirituality’ is important to them.
Richard: The Church gave me the tools that I needed to tackle any hard times that came. And the understanding that God does exist and God is very real and working in this world. And you have all those tools to then face life with, which makes it a lot easier, makes you a lot more determined makes you a lot more focused, driven.
Allisa: And that surety, it took away that fear, I haven’t felt it since I’ve joined the Church. And that’s a huge thing for me. So it used to keep me up at night, that I wasn’t living my life properly. So I think that that’s how I knew that this was the right church for me.
Brian: I have been in many Christian churches, different denominations and the only one that was able to complete my search, was this church which is the Church Of Christ.
Allisa: The advice that I would give to someone that’s in search for God, and faith and the church, is to keep an open mind.
PJ: I would recommend, go inside, talk to a minister, find a place of worship near you. And as soon as you hear that first Bible lesson, oh man, that is just going to be one of the greatest moments of your life, it surely was one of the greatest moments of my life.
Tianna: Do not be afraid to ask questions, because the right, the right church will be able to answer these questions. No problem.
Jasmine: And also don’t be scared or shy to go by yourself. You know, that’s the excuse I had regarding church and stuff. I was always too scared to go by myself.
Tianna: Do not settle. Don’t settle for, for feel-good answers. You shouldn’t settle until you find the truth.
Jasmine: And finally the time I actually had the courage to go, I found the most amazing Church in the world, Iglesia Ni Cristo.
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What do you do when life stresses you out? When difficult situations happen, there’s one place where you can find strength to get through the tough times.Show/Hide Transcript
Voiceover: We’re all going through something.
What causes you stress?
Jacqueline Ramirez: Getting assignments in for work in time.
Karey Collins : Lack of sleep because you work nights.
Asami Inoue: School. So I have many classes, [that are] hard.
Marlene Andrade: Sticking to my schedule, yes.
Gustavo Casillas: I work every day, sometimes weekends and it’s super stressful.
Voiceover: According to the World Health Organization, stress has been classified as the health epidemic of the 21st century. When we’re in the thick of it, it’s not uncommon to try to find something, anything to lift us up.
Josette Ho: To relieve stress, I usually go to the gym.
Michael Russell: Usually I escape by playing a couple video games.
Naeemah Waleed: Try to spend time with family and friends.
Paul Bartnett: We’re very close to Battersea Park here and I run there quite a lot.
Jacqueline: I make to do lists. Those helped me out.
Asami: Listening to music.
Gustavo: I grab a book and I’d go take pictures with friends.
Josette: That kind of relief would only last [temporarily].
Gustavo: I feel like on bad days it would be happiness for like an hour or two hours. And then the next day I wake up and I’d go back to the same thing.
Voiceover: It’s easy to find things to pick us up. In fact, there’s a whole industry of drinks and drugs, gyms and self-help quotes on social media offering you an escape for a few minutes. But what if there was something that didn’t just get you to the next day?
Michael: It can be a long week, but I know once a worship service day comes, I know that things are going to be okay by the end of it.
Josette: It will help you more mentally and especially spiritually.
Leslie Jordan: You feel like you’re energized for the whole day. That you can go through this day into the next knowing that you’ve been here.
Voiceover: Maybe it’s been a long time since you’ve walked inside a worship building. Maybe you don’t think you’d know what to do inside. There’s a lot of maybes out there, but there’s only one to consider. Maybe worshiping God is exactly what you need right now.
Michael: Nine times out of ten they hit on something that I’m usually dealing with throughout that week as well. And so just hearing those words to let me know that it’s okay, it’s normal for me to go through these problems and that it’s going to work out.
Naeemah: It literally is a release and allows me to prepare myself for the next day. I get like a jolt of energy.
Leslie: The message is there, all you have to do is listen and then you have to apply it. Pray first and then apply it in your life. If life was supposed to be easy, then we’ve already made it. That’s why we need the words of God.
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While young people are leaving religion, the Church Of Christ continues to see millennials thriving in their faith. A young woman shares how she was able to find a true connection with God as she searched for the right Church. Maybe you’re looking for a new church or want a real way to connect with God. Worship with us.Show/Hide Transcript
Naeemah Waleed: Hi! Thanks for being here and welcome to the Iglesia Ni Cristo, Church of Christ. I’m Naeemah. So chances are, you’re watching this because a friend, a co-worker, a classmate, a neighbor, or a loved one wanted you to check out this video about the Church, right? Whatever it was, I’m thankful to have you here for a few minutes.
Voiceover: You see a few years back, my brother Ahmad invited me to a bible study. And now I do the same, inviting everyone I can to share in the beautiful and powerful words of God.
Voiceover: Studies show the number one reason people go to Church is to reconnect with God. And if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. Our worship services are solemn, no loud music or loud distractions but rather savoring the moment of being in the house of God and one-on-one time with Him. All our worship services consist of preaching based on purely God’s words, no opinions or personal stories.
Naeemah Waleed: I remember attending my first worship service and feeling the music was so spiritual and listening to the words of God preached from the Bible, it was question and answer and it made me realize that God’s words are straightforward and I needed to hear everything the message had to offer that day.
Voiceover: And if you’re looking for a church that you can volunteer with communities all over the world, you’ve come to the right place. And we believe in spending time with people and sharing with them Christian love and compassion through the INC Giving Project where we sing to elders, say thank you to teachers, firefighters and police officers all over the world.
Cory Ma: Whenever somebody in the community that we’re sent out to protect, comes in and says thank you, we love it and it keeps us going a little bit harder, keeps that motivation up as well.
L. Terada: I think it was amazing, probably one of the best Sunday’s I’ve ever had.
Voiceover: It’s even inspired me to go out there on my own for my birthday and see how else I can make a difference.
Naeemah Waleed: So some of you are probably thinking, how can this church help my family, my children? Well…i’m so glad you asked.
Voiceover: While many churches are seeing young people leave their faith, this one is filled with vibrant youth involved in so many different types of projects from the arts, to music, to volunteer projects, to tv shows. I myself have been involved with numerous projects performing in places like the Verizon Center and more recently in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
Naeemah Waleed: I’m so excited for you to learn what this church has to offer.
Voiceover: In just over a hundred years, this church which began preaching in the Philippines in 1914 is the first Christian Church [religion] that has come from a developing country and progressed to the west. It’s only been 50 years since coming to the United States and now the Church Of Christ is making impacts all over the world. And while nearly 10,000 churches close their doors every year in the United States, this church builds over 360 chapels a year, including one in my hometown of Philadelphia. Where did all of this success come from? It can only be from the hand of God.
Naeemah Waleed: Now that you have an idea of what the Iglesia Ni Cristo Church Of Christ is about, it’s time for you to experience the main thing that makes this Church unique, the presentation of the words of God. With congregations across North America, there’s probably one near your home.
But I know the thought of walking into any place without knowing anyone inside might seem a bit intimidating. So if you want, message us or the one who shared this video with you before you go and we’ll walk you through it.
Feel free to bring a notebook with you to take notes. Here in the Church Of Christ, everything we do is solely based on God’s teachings, nothing more, nothing less.
So perhaps you haven’t been to a church in a long time because you’ve been disappointed time and time again by false preachers and false doctrines. Well, perhaps now’s the time God has set for you to meet the Iglesia Ni Cristo Church Of Christ because this is the church you’ve been looking for and waiting for. Now is the time, are you ready?
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Some search high and low for answers to their biblical questions, but come up empty. Meet three individuals who found their answers. Isn’t time you find yours?Show/Hide Transcript
Fred Reed: For a long time of my life, I had lots of questions.
Voiceover: This might sound familiar to you. In fact, chances are you’ve walked out of your own religion for the very same reasons.
Sol Velasquez: I didn’t go to church for so long because they were all the same.
Voiceover: It’s nothing to be ashamed of. We all want answers, real ones. Ones that are backed up with more than just someone’s story. But what would it mean to you if you actually got answers to your questions? Like really got the answers .
Fred Reed: You don’t have to wonder or imagine, that type of deal, a lot of the hocus pocus stuff that goes on in some churches.
Nicholas Victorio: I think once you get to a Bible study, and you hear the lessons, that’s the biggest hurdle. And once you get to a Bible lesson you wanna learn more.
Voiceover: You see this place does exist. A place where questions about the Bible are answered, well by the Bible.
Nicholas Victorio: Any question I had was answered. They explained it to me using the Bible. And not using their own interpretation of it. So, coming from a Mormon church it wasn’t like that. When you ask questions you got different answers all the time.
Fred Reed: And all of a sudden, there’s actually THE church that actually teaches what’s in the Bible.
Voiceover: And the good thing is you don’t have to look for it anymore. You just have to take a few minutes to set up a time to sit down with one of the ministers of the Church Of Christ and ask your questions.
Nicholas Victorio: Once I started hearing the gospel and the way we teach the Bible, it was a no-brainer for me to really know that this was the true Church.
Voiceover: They did it. They found their answers, isn’t it time to find yours?
Sol Velasquez: So I went to the Bible study and they treated me like part of the family. So okay I’ll sit in and I learned, I learned a lot during that Bible study.
Fred Reed: I always gain something from every minister, not seeing anything like this in my entire life, where you can walk up to any one of them and they can answer any question you have but they’re not gonna give you their opinion. They’ll never give you their opinion. All they’ll do is reach over pull out the word of God and let’s see what it says right here in the word of God and they’ll find a scripture and yes it does answer the question.
Nicholas Victorio: And the unity of Iglesia Ni Cristo is what I love. You truly see the same answer that you ask from one minister to the other. Seeing that we just use the Bible and we just believe what the Bible says, is truly the only truth I can believe in.
Voiceover: So ask yourself — what do you want to do next? What are the Bible questions you’ve waited so long to ask? And when you’re ready, we’ll be right here waiting for you.
Who is the Church Of Christ? What are their beliefs? The Church Of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) is a non-denominational Church that believes solely in Bible-based teachings. If you’re looking for the right church for you, we invite you to consider the Church Of Christ in you search.Show/Hide Transcript
Voiceover: Hi! Thanks for joining us today. Before we get into our study of the Bible, we just want to let you know a little bit about who we are, what we believe, and what you can expect when you’re here. Let’s get started.
The teachings we live by, here in the Church Of Christ are based solely on the Bible. It’s undeniable that the Church that belongs to Christ, the one that He recognizes as His own is called the “Church Of Christ”. A Christian, Non-Denominational Church, which means, we’re not Protestant, Trinitatian, Methodist, or any other type of sect that you’ll find out there. Some say all religions are the same, but we, here at the Church Of Christ, simply put, are Christian, and “True Christians” are one of a kind.
Everything you’ll hear in our study today is based on the teachings that you can find in the Holy Scriptures. If things get confusing, or may seem incorrect to you, or maybe you have a burning question that’s never been answered, don’t worry. The Ministers of the Church Of Christ will help you find the answers to all your biblical questions. Some pastors and preachers out there, they may answer by saying things are “hidden in mystery”. But not here, in regards to your salvation, we believe the Bible has all the answers you need, we’ll help you find them.
Here in the Church Of Christ, we’re not all talk. The doctrines move us to action. Here are some of the things we do in addition to the worship services.
Community Clean Up, Clothing Drives, Relief for Victims of Natural disasters, Appreciation for the Elderly, Worldwide Blood Drives
Thanks for listening and learning a little bit about who we are, what we believe, and what we do here in the Church Of Christ. We look forward to learning more about you and helping you build a relationship with God.
Meet individuals whose life-changing experiences gave them a different outlook on life and eventually led them to search for answers on their journey to find God.Show/Hide Transcript
Voiceover: Thank you for taking the time to learn with us. Today, we’ll hear from Jean-Marc, Teresa and Isaiah, who felt lost for different reasons. They were searching for answers but couldn’t find them. Not even in the religions they grew up in.
Jean-Marc Chartrand: I’m a French Canadian. I was raised Catholic so was almost everybody of my generation that lives in Quebec. When I was younger I lost a friend of mine, he was like my brother and he passed away.
Teresa Rios: I’m the youngest of seven siblings. I mostly stuck to myself. I was inside a lot. I grew up in a Catholic family. I was always told that God was important.
Isaiah Malone: I got my idea of God and who He was from church, a church called House of Love and I’ve been going there since I was a baby. My family didn’t have much growing up. It wasn’t the best environment or place to grow up in.
Voiceover: They faced all types of problems.
Jean-Marc: My dad went bankrupt then my parents divorced. So me, I kept pushing the feeling down by doing drugs, by drinking, by doing all those wrong things. I was just lost. I was totally lost.
Isaiah: We settled and in a not so very good neighborhood and the people that did certain things for money, killings and violence and gangs were a thing in that area.
Teresa: At 12 years old I went through I guess personal life crisis that broke my faith.
Voiceover: Teresa wanted to quit.
Teresa: I felt completely let down. I lost all my faith in God. I asked my mother if I could stop going to church.
Voiceover: Isaiah wanted an escape.
Isaiah: I tried my best to run away from the problems but ultimately they followed me wherever I went.
Voiceover: Jean-Marc wanted to reach God.
Jean-Marc: I started to pray again. I started to pray to God to find me a way, find me a solution, help me.
Voiceover: But eventually they would all learn of something that would change their lives.
Teresa: I was working a terrible little job. I didn’t have a car. I ended up having to get a Lyft ride after work one day. The ride ended up being about a half hour long then he invited me out with some of the brethren, got to know them a little bit better and eventually he brought me to a worship service.
Isaiah: A brother that came through my line when I was working as a cashier and we talked about God for a little bit.
Jean-Marc: It was like a relief to me when I found the Church. The minute you go you just feel the presence, you just feel it. And that’s very humbling. God dwells there and He’s waiting for you.
Teresa: Once the service started the main thing that I really noticed was the minister at the time was reading directly from the Bible.
Isaiah: They embraced me, they gave me hugs, they gave me handshakes, they opened their doors to me with bright smiles. That’s a day I’ll never forget.
Voiceover: Jean-Marc, Teresa and Isaiah were each headed in different directions with different concerns but they would all find solace in the Church Of Christ.
Jean-Marc: I remember I had my question but somehow the lesson answered the question I had. So I never had a question to ask after that.
Teresa: Things that I kept to myself and never said a word, he answered for me. Even if I hadn’t said those questions out loud, they were answered.
Isaiah: The Church Of Christ was able to offer me something that I was missing my whole life. I would say that word is hope.
Jean-Marc: I think I’m a logical man and when you open the Bible and you show me it’s written there, what to do in your life, to lead a happy, a good righteous life, I’m not going to argue with you. It’s there, it’s right there.
Teresa: I couldn’t find God on my own no matter how much I wanted to but I felt like there was a void in my heart. And I don’t have that void anymore. I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be.
Voiceover: Whatever you may be going through, if you’re searching, or running, or trying to pray you can find the right answers here in the Church Of Christ. Jean-Marc did, Teresa did, and Isaiah did along with so many others. Wherever you are on a map, North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, the door of the Church Of Christ is open to you. The teachings you’ll learn with us in the Church, in Bible studies, in worship services they’re the pure words of God. We hope you’ll continue to accept our invitation to learn with us.