The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) is a Christian religion whose primary purpose is to serve and worship the Almighty God based on His teachings recorded in the Bible. The Church Of Christ is a church for every one who will heed the call of God and embrace its faith — regardless of one's nationality, cultural background, social standing, economic status, and educational attainment.
In Ephesians 5:27, the Church Of Christ is described as a “radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any blemish, but holy and blameless” (New International Version). Hence, the Iglesia Ni Cristo exhorts its members toward perfect unity of faith and practice, that each one will be devoted to a life of holiness and service founded on true Christian teaching.
The Church Of Christ adheres to the unadulterated teachings of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ written in the Bible. The faithful firmly believe that this Church is the fulfillment of biblical prophecies on the true Church Of Christ in these last days for man’s salvation.
This solemn gathering of the faithful is held twice a week (Midweek & Weekend) in the designated place of worship. It consists of hymn-singing, prayers, and study of God’s words for proper applications in daily living.
For the spiritual welfare of the members, prayer meetings are held weekly by each group of neighboring households for further instructions in the faith and announcements about Church projects and activities. Pastoral visitations to the brethren are conducted regularly by the Church officers for prayer and spiritual counseling. Through its Christian family organizations (Buklod, KADIWA, and Binhi) the Church of Christ undertakes projects to strengthen the family, to guide the single members in right living and in proper conduct, and to prepare the youth for a promising future. The Buklod (bond) is the organization of married members. The KADIWA (acronym of a Filipino phrase meaning “Youth with a Noble Intent”) is for the single members 18 years and older, and the Binhi (seed) is composed of 13-17-year old members.
The members gladly fulfill their duty to share the faith. They invite all people to attend Bible study sessions and worship services. The Church also uses mass media in spreading its message of hope to a broader audience. The Pasugo: God’s Message, the monthly official magazine of the Church, carries mainly religious articles and Church news and features. DZEM (954 kHz) broadcasts programs that discuss Bible teachings. These programs are aired by about 60 other radio stations all over the Philippines and several more in the US and Australia. INCTV-49, as well as major cable stations in the Philippines and some channels in the US Direct TV ch 2068, telecast the Church’s religious programs featuring biblical teachings. Live streaming and video on demand of Iglesia Ni Cristo Programming are available at www.incmedia.org
The Iglesia Ni Cristo is not a denomination or sect. It is neither affiliated to any federation of religious bodies nor itself an assembly of smaller religious organizations. The Iglesia Ni Cristo is Christ’s one true Church today.
The Church’s major activities include worship service, missionary works, and edification.
Absolute oneness of God the Father - The Church believes in the teaching of Christ and the apostles that the Father, the Creator, alone is the true God. (John 17:1, 3; I Cor. 8:6)
Jesus Christ, the Son of God - The Iglesia Ni Cristo believes in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. God made Him Lord and Savior. He is the only Mediator of man to God. Jesus Christ is holy and a very special man but not God. (Matt. 3:17; Acts 2:36; 5:31; I Tim. 2:5; John 10:36; 8:40; Acts 2:22 Easy-to-Read Version).
The Church Of Christ - The faithful firmly believe that the Church Of Christ is the one Christ established for the salvation of mankind. It is for the Church that Christ gave His life and thus, it is this Church that He will save on Judgment Day. (Matt. 16:18; Acts 20:28 Lamsa Translation; Eph. 5:23, 25)
Judgment Day - The Church Of Christ believes that God appointed a day when He will judge all people through Christ. This is the day of the Second Advent of Christ, which is also the end of the world. (Acts 17:31; Jude 1:14-15; II Pet. 3:7, 10)
Baptism - The Iglesia Ni Cristo observes the biblical way of baptism, which is immersion in water. Receiving baptism in the Church Of Christ is necessary for one to become a disciple of Christ, to be forgiven of sin, and to have hope for salvation (Acts 8:38; John 3:23; Rom. 6:3-5; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:15-16)
Resurrection - The resurrection of Christ is the main proof that the dead will rise. Those in Christ will rise first to be with Him forever in the Holy City. Those who are not of Christ will rise a thousand years after the first resurrection to be cast into the lake of fire. (I Cor. 15:12-13; I Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:5-10; 21:1-4)
The Iglesia Ni Cristo was first preached by the late Brother Felix. Y. Manalo in the Philippine capital city of Manila. Its first local congregation was established in Punta, Sta. Ana. On July 27, 1914, the Church was registered with the Philippine government. In 1915, Brother Felix Manalo, as the first Executive Minister of the Church, started training ministers to assist him in the propagation of the gospel. By 1918, ministers and volunteer preachers were being sent to provinces around Manila. In its tenth year, the first ecclesiastical district was organized in the Pampanga province.
By 1939, the Church had already expanded to as far as Ilocos Norte province in Northern Luzon to Cebu province in the Visayas with the addition of 14 ecclesiastical districts. It reached farther south in Mindanao in 1946 with the establishment of a district in Cotabato. After the passing of Brother Felix Manalo in April of 1963, the Church had already established districts in more than half of all Philippine provinces. Brother Eraño G. Manalo assumed overall administration and continued the work and legacy of the leader before him.
On July 27, 1968, the late Executive Minister, Bro. Eraño G. Manalo, officiated at the first worship service of the Church outside the Philippines. This gathering held in Ewa Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii marked the establishment of the Honolulu Congregation, the first overseas mission of the Church. The following month, the Executive Minister went to California to establish the San Francisco Congregation and lead its inaugural worship service.