History

Central Christian Church has a heritage tracing back to the Church of the first century, whose founder and head was and is the Lord Jesus Christ.

A restoration movement arose in various parts of the new United States of America in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s and made its way to East Tennessee in 1829.  It was not the church, but a movement within the church to glorify God through a return to His word.  It was not the New Testament church but an attempt to recover the New Testament church.  The message was simple, summarized by what is often called the restoration plea.  It consisted of three components.  It was a plea [1] for Christian unity [2] on the basis of the New Testament Church [3] in order to evangelize the world.

Prominent leaders in the movement were Barton W. Stone, Thomas and Alexander Campbell and Walter Scott.  One factor that contributed to the rapid expansion of the restoration Movement was their use of slogans which encapsulated the truths they upheld.  Four of the more popular ones were:

In essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; in all things, love.

We’re not the only Christians, but Christians only. 

Where the Bible speaks we speak; where the Bible is silent we are silent.

No creed but Christ; no book but the Bible; no name but the Divine.

Central Christian Church Today

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