Our Biblical History:
Any church which claims to be in the church of (belonging to) Christ must be able to trace its history to the church of which Jesus prophesied, planned, purchased with His blood, and built (Matt. 16:13-19 and Acts 20:28). It will be that which God has planted and not men (Matt. 15:13). It will have the same distinctive characteristics as the church of the first century, including: its founder, foundation, beginning, designations, membership, worship, work, doctrine, organization, unity, life, and destiny.
The church was established on the Day of Pentecost (a Jewish feast day, Acts 2). People were told to "repent and be baptized" (Acts 2:38). "Then those who gladly received the word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them" (Acts 2:41). We notice also that the Lord Himself added to the church of Christ those who were being saved (Acts 2:47).
As the gospel was taken to other places, congregations of Christ's church were established everywhere that people were added to Christ in baptism (I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27).
In the New Testament you will see letters written to and mention made of congregations in Antioch, Rome, Philippi, Ephesus, Corinth, Galatia, etc. The doctrine taught in each was the same (I Corinthians 4:17; Galatians 1:6-10; Revelation 22:18,19).
God abhors religious division (Proverbs 6:19, John 17:20, 21; I Corinthians 1:10). The church of Christ is not a denomination. Denominations came many years after the establishment of the Lord's church. The church of Christ, to which we belong, is a group of Christians who are seeking to live, work, and worship only as the New Testament requires (John 4:23, 24; I Peter 4:11).
Our Local Story:
The first meeting place of the church of Christ in Columbia City was on the second floor of city hall. Later, members met in the home of some of the church members before renting a building located at 209 North Chauncey (pictured below). Once they purchased the property the building currently resides in they held a gospel meeting in a large tent on the property.
Following this meeting, plans were made to build the present building in which the church meets. Most members of the congregation today have no idea of what had to be done to get the property ready for construction. Members of the church cleared the land and did much of the construction. The first service held in the current building was in February 1982. As good stewards of the things God has blessed us with we must do our part to keep the building and grounds clean and maintained.