Churches of Christ are historically part of a movement dating back to 1809 and called the American Restoration Movement. A group of individuals at that time reexamined the question of what should be done religiously to please God. Understanding the Bible to be the word of God, those folks decided to use that word as their only standard and to let Christ be their only creed. This approach led to a non-denominational movement marked by the goal of just doing Bible things in Bible ways and speaking where the Bible speaks and being silent where the Bible is silent. The goal was to be just like the church of the New Testament since that church was so much closer to Jesus. Overarching this whole approach was the aim of being a people characterized by the love which defined the early Christians ("Behold how they love each other."). This approach was thought to be the means of uniting a fractured and divided Christendom.
First and foremost, we at the Madison church of Christ believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31), and that he became flesh and dwelled among mankind. We believe that He willing laid down his life by way of crucifixion in order that our sins can be washed away and we can enjoy the benefits of eternal salvation. We believe that God is the God of the entire creation and that He is a gracious, loving, and merciful God. His desire is that all people can come to the 'knowledge of the truth.'