"Church of Christ" is not Christian. Don't let their name deceive you. The "Church of Christ" is a cult. They teach that you must be water baptized to be saved, but that is a false gospel, it is adding lies to the true Gospel, it is works for salvation which leads to eternal torment in the lake of fire.
So get away from and stay away from the "Church of Christ".
Southern Baptist is usually fine.
Jesus is God, and Jesus loves you so very much! And the Trinity is true!
The truth about Jesus is that the only way to be saved and to get into heaven and avoid being sent to hell, is by believing in JESUS for His free gift of eternal life in heaven, believing in faith alone that Jesus, who is God, died on the cross for all our sins as FULL PAYMENT for all our sins, and then Jesus rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Believe in Jesus for His free gift of salvation, and you will be in heaven, no matter what! John 3:16, John 6:47!
Salvation is a FREE GIFT that happens in a split second when you believe in JESUS for His free gift of salvation! It is impossible to lose or "leave" salvation (John 6:39-40, John 10:28, 1 John 5:13).
Please pray now: "Jesus, I believe that You died on the cross to pay for my sins and that You rose from the dead, and I thank You for eternal life!" You will be in heaven with Him forever when you die!
There can be only 1 Bride for Christ and that Church is the Catholic Church.
~~The Church is Visible
Jesus said his Church would be "the light of the world." He then noted that "a city set on a hill cannot be hid" (Matt. 5:14). This means his Church is a visible organization. It must have characteristics that clearly identify it and that distinguish it from other churches. Jesus promised, "I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). This means that his Church will never be destroyed and will never fall away from him. His Church will survive until his return.
Among the Christian churches, only the Catholic Church has existed since the time of Jesus. Every other Christian church is an offshoot of the Catholic Church. The Eastern Orthodox churches broke away from unity with the pope in 1054. The Protestant churches were established during the Reformation, which began in 1517. (Most of today?s Protestant churches are actually offshoots of the original Protestant offshoots.)
If we wish to locate the Church founded by Jesus, we need to locate the one that has the four chief marks or qualities of his Church. The Church we seek must be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.
~~The Church Is "One"
(Rom. 12:5, 1 Cor. 10:17, 12:13, CCC 813?822)
Jesus established only one Church, not a collection of differing churches (Lutheran, Baptist, Anglican, and so on). The Bible says the Church is the bride of Christ (Eph. 5:23?32). Jesus can have but one spouse. His Church also teaches just one set of doctrines, which must be the same as those taught by the apostles (Jude 3). This is the unity of belief to which Scripture calls us (Phil. 1:27, 2:2).
~~The Church Is "Holy"
(Eph. 5:25?27, Rev. 19:7?8, CCC 823?829)
By his grace Jesus makes the Church holy, just as he is holy. This dozen?t mean that each member is always holy. Jesus said there would be both good and bad members in the Church (John 6:70), and not all the members would go to heaven (Matt. 7:21?23).
~~The Church Is "Catholic"
(Matt. 28:19?20, Rev. 5:9?10, CCC 830?856)
Jesus? Church is called catholic ("universal" in Greek) because it is his gift to all people. He told his apostles to go throughout the world and make disciples of "all nations" (Matt. 28:19?20).
For 2,000 years the Catholic Church has carried out this mission, preaching the good news that Christ died for all men and that he wants all of us to be members of his universal family (Gal. 3:28).
The Church Jesus established was known by its most common title, "the Catholic Church," at least as early as the year 107, when Ignatius of Antioch used that title to describe the one Church Jesus founded. Ignatius was a disciple of St. John the apostle.
~~The Church Is "Apostolic"
(Acts 1:23-26, Eph. 2:19?20, CCC 857?865)
The Church Jesus founded is apostolic because he appointed the apostles to be the first leaders of the Church, and their successors were to be its future leaders. The apostles were the first bishops, and, since the first century, there has been an unbroken line of Catholic bishops faithfully handing on what the apostles taught the first Christians in Scripture and oral Tradition (2 Tim. 2:2).
Jesus assured the apostles and their successors, the popes and the bishops, "He who listens to you listens to me, and he who rejects you rejects me" (Luke 10:16). Jesus promised to guide his Church into all truth (John 16:12?13).
One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Peace be with you
Pray for Chris/David/patters (all the same person),
~~~~~ Do not listen to Chris/David/patters,
2Corinthians 11:13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
2Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
2Corinthians 11:15 So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
~~~~~Just Believing in Jesus is not enough or demons would be saved.
James 2:19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
Luke 4:41 Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ.
James 2:24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
The church of Christ is not a cult. We do not demand that you give up your free will or drink blood or anything like that. A lot of people have been turned off of the church of Christ be some members who don't teach the truth. The church of Christ does not reacquire immersion for salvation; we teach that God reacquired it from the foundation of the Chruch (cf. John 3:5; I Pet 3:21). As a matter of fact, baptism is not a work because it is a passive act (i.e. "be baptized for the remission of your sins" Acts 2:38). Hearing is active. Believing is active. Repenting is active. Confessing is active. Living a faithful life is active. Baptism is the only component of salvation that is passive, and that is the one component of salvation that people say is adding works to salvation. Moreover, the works that Paul refer to are merits works that is works that earn salvation. No one should teach that someone earns their salvation by being baptized just like a Baptist wouldn't say that someone earns salvation by saying the Sinner's Pray like what has already been supplied here which is just as much a work as and adds to grace only like baptism. At the end of the day, no one will be able to supply enough information in a forum like this to give you the whole counsel of God. That has to be a two-way discourse. What you need to do is study the Word. Pray. And talk to members, ministers, and elders of a church of Christ and a Southern Baptist Church and decide for yourself what you think is true. And if you would like to be open-minded, you can contact me as I am a Christian in the church of Christ and a student of the Bible.
Pretty much every Christian church teaches that water baptism is necessary to be saved.
The big main differences in the 2 religions are that:
1) CoC does not believe in predestination (a doctrine that Calvinist religions hold to. Said doctrine claims that before anyone ever existed God decided or predestined who would go to heaven and who would burn in hell....so once saved, always saved and also once unsaved always unsaved). Most Baptists except "Free Will Baptist" believe this.
2) Both believe the trinity (Jesus, Holy Spirit/Ghost, Father are all God, same guy). CoC members often don't know what trinity means though. Most Baptists are heavily into that though and many don't even bother to make a show out of calling Jesus the "son of God" anymore (but say either God or God the Son which comes from Roman Catholic written Athanasian Creed).
3) CoC believes they are the only saved, true religion. However, they take pride in not agreeing on beliefs...having their own ideas, versions of the Bible topics. S. Baptists and most Baptists believe all trinity, predestination religions are saved.
4) CoC baptizes by immersion. Baptist sprinkle.
5) CoC (most) can't use musical instruments or recordings. They use a tuning fork to hit notes and give everyone the key to sing in.
6) Most CoC also use only 1 cup for taking the remembrance of Jesus death. Baptists and most others use the communion sets that have dozens of tiny glasses so each can have their own glass.
These are the main things I'm aware of from my area of the world (Oklahoma).
1. Southern Baptist churches belong to the Southern Baptist Convention, that groups congregations together under one leadership. Churches of Christ are autonomous--each congregation is under its own leadership group of selected elders and deacons (who are members of that congregation).
2. Southern Baptist churches do not take communion every Sunday. Churches of Christ do.
3. Southern Baptist churches believe that baptism (by immersion) is an act of affirmation after a person "receives Jesus as his/her personal savior". Churches of Christ believe that baptism by immersion is an act of salvation, following the commandment of Acts 2:38.
4. Southern Baptist churches use instrumental music in their worship services, while churches of Christ use vocal music only in congregational singing.
I'm sure there are some other differences, but those are the ones I can think of.
The two have many things in common, but as the question asked, let's look at some of the differences.
Southern Baptist (SB): teach that a person believes, is saved and then he should be baptized. This baptism is usually scheduled for a later date.
Church of Christ (CoC): Believes to be saved a person must believe and be baptized. This baptism is done immediately when one expresses a desire to become a Christian.
The Bible: Jesus said, "He that believes and is baptized shall be saved". (Mark 16:16) In the book of Acts, every example of the conversion of an alien sinner specifically mentions baptism. They were always baptized immediately! None of these converts ate, drank, or slept until they had been baptized.
SB: The many churches are joined together by the Southern Baptist Convention that meets together to discuss and establish official church policies and doctrine. This convention publishes the official literature used by the churches (bible class books, VBS material, etc.)
CoC: Each congregation is independent and goes directly to the Bible to see what should be taught and practiced.
Bible: The church in each city was overseen by a group of men appointed as "elders" (Titus 1:5). Christ was the head of the church (Eph 1:22-23) and there was no headquarters on earth that was over the local congregations.
SB: No church in the Bible is called a "Baptist Church"
CoC: The name "church(es) of Christ" comes from Romans 16:16. This name shows ownership and indicates this is a church that strives to follow the "doctrine of Christ".
Bible: The many things the church was called points to the one who owns the church or the one the church follows.
SB: they sing along with instruments. At times the choir sings while the audience listens.
CoC: practices congregational singing and does not add another type of music.
Bible: Singing is authorized for music in the church. This singing is speaking to and teaching each other. (Col 3:16-17, Eph 5:19) (The early church used no instruments. Even early leaders of the Baptist denomination were opposed to adding the instrument.)
SB: teaches that once a person is "saved" he can not turn from that salvation in such a way to again be lost.
CoC: teaches that after a person becomes a Christian they can be assured of their salvation if they continue to live faithfully, but they can turn away from God and give into the enticements (temptations) of sin to the degree that they no longer follow God and are lost.
Bible: "For if, after they have ESCAPED the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are AGAIN ENTANGLED in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have KNOWN THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, than having known it, to TURN from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ?A dog returns to his own vomit,? and, ?a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.? (2 Peter 2:20-22)
"But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified." (1 Corinthians 9:27)
By "Church of Christ" do you mean the one that Jesus founded? If so, there are many difference between the Baptists, and the Church Jesus founded. The latter being Catholicism.
The biggest is that the Baptists are Protestants, meaning they cling to the relatively new, man-made doctrines of the Protestant Reformers.
Christianity comes in three main kinds ;
- Catholicism which makes up just over half of all Christians worldwide
- The Eastern Orthodox church which makes up about 25%
- Protestantism which is the term used for the many thousands of faiths worldwide that are divided but all share their belief in the doctrines of the Protestant Reformers
The differences between a Catholic and a Protestant are many. If you want to know the difference between a Catholic and a "Protestant," you should prepare yourself to do much heavy reading from authoritative and unbiased sources.
The big difference between Catholicism and Protestantism are the five pillars, which paint a different picture of salvation, definitions of sin, freewill or predestination. These differences are many and vary from church to church.
Catholicism would have the claim to be the oldest, most faithful representation of Christianity based on comparison between the Church today and the Bible. Also comparison between the Church today and the teachings of Christians in days gone (a democracy of the dead if you will) such as those writings of The Church Fathers.
Catholics believe in seven sacraments.
Protestants believe in two.
Catholics believe that the Eucharist is changed in essence into The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ (see John 6, and The Last Supper)
Protestants believe this was only a symbol.
Catholics believe Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture are equal in value in sharing The Word of God. (The Bible says as much and there are many Christian teachings not in The Bible, such as The Trinity)
Protestants believe that only that which is "plainly" laid out in The Bible is too be believed.
Catholics believe that we are justified by "faith together with works". We must have faith, but we will also be judged according to our works.
Protestants believe in the man made doctrine "Sola Fidel" or "Faith Alone" which says that we only need to believe and we are saved.
Catholic might say something like "Jesus said..." to support a point of view.
Many so called "Bible Churches" will say "The Bible says..." instead of focusing on why it was significant.
Other points of contention include;
- Clerical celibacy
- Church authority and hierarchy.
- Biblical canon
- the priesthood (automatic common priesthood or consecrated as well as common priesthood)
Again, if you want a good answer, go to an authoritative source. Avoid the misinformation provided by some of the other posters you may find here, like "Chris the Saved Believer", who like to insult The Catholic Church. They don't know what they are speaking about.