About Us - Our HeritageIn communicating our message that the Bellevue Church of Christ is a place where "family" matters, it is critical that we meaningfully value the members of our family who came before us, as well as, the generations that we are raising for tomorrow. As with most of the Pacific Northwest, the history of our local congregation is relatively young. However, as a family of faith, the Bellevue church of Christ is built on a foundation laid by many parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The stories of these ancestors, and their beliefs and traditions, form the heritage of our congregation.
Churches of Christ generally trace their roots to the American Restoration Movement of the early nineteenth century. Led by reformers such as Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone, our earliest leaders preached a call for unity among all believers, the rejection of denominational division, and an abandonment of religious practices and teachings not found in the Bible. During this time, Thomas Campbell coined the phrase that came to symbolize this movement: "Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; and where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent." Over the course of the nineteenth century, the movement spread widely throughout the South and Midwest, and gave birth to undenominational churches. Churches of Christ were first recognized as a separate religious body by the U.S. Census Bureau in 1906.
Many of the traits of our unique identity can be traced directly to our nineteenth century heritage. Churches of Christ have no organizational authority or structure beyond the elders of each local congregation. Trusting in Jesus' death on the cross for salvation, we practice baptism by immersion for the forgiveness of sins. Our worship services include the weekly celebration of the Lord's Supper and feature exclusively vocal music.
Our local family began meeting in Bellevue in 1956. Moving to our present location in the 1959, these original families designed and built the beautiful A-frame building which now serves as our Family Life Center. We moved into our present Worship and Education Center in 1980. From the original 30 people who met in 1957, the congregation grew to more than 400 by 1990. In addition to growing locally, our family developed a strong tradition and commitment to supporting mission work in Africa, Eastern Europe, China, Mexico and Ecuador as well as teaching conversational English via the Let's Start Talking (LST) program.
How does this admittedly selective memory of our heritage play a role in our congregations' future? In his book, Distant Voices, C. Leonard Allen explains that "the remembered past powerfully influences our present lives. It does much to determine how we think of ourselves and how we relate to others. It limits and focuses the goals we set, the challenges we will accept, the dreams we are willing to dream. It helps us determine what we can and cannot become."
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