Generally, the major Restoration Movement churches are viewed as an affiliated, cooperative group of independent, non-denominational churches (except the Disciples of Christ who formally restructured as a denomination in 1968). Each are congregationally governed and may vary in numerous ways from each other in practice and beliefs but consistently incorporate believers baptism by immersion; weekly observance of communion; elder led leadership; the priesthood of all believers; the basic confession of Jesus as the son of God, our Lord and Messiah; and use of the New Testament as the only required statement of faith. All would acknowledge the twin goals of unity and restoration, accomplished by: 1) using biblical terminology and Scripture alone apart from creeds, and 2) following the practice and pattern seen in the New Testament church.
This also means nothing is required of others that is not expressly and clearly stated by the New Testament. For Restoration Fellowship Network, these clear, non-speculative statements of the faith are simply:
A short but excellent booklet that briefly discusses values of the Restoration Movement and how these values tie in to the beginnings of the Movement.
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
Contemporary Values of the Restoration Movement
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