The Christian Courier began as a small Bible study journal mailed to readers each month. It was designed to present the teaching of Jesus in a simple, lucid style not characterized by ostentation or inflated language. It is written for average Christians — to help them become more knowledgeable in God’s Word, to fortify their faith in the Savior, and to equip them for defending the truth and living righteously in a sinful world.
The first issue was mailed to readers in May of 1965. Here is our mission statement, as adapted from the very first issue.
This small paper, to be published monthly is the beginning of a work of faith. Those engaged in this endeavor believe this work will bear much fruit unto great and eternal good. It is purposed that THE CHRISTIAN COURIER will be a righteous force for and among the people of God.
The paper will be mailed on a subscription-free basis to all interested persons ... It is hoped, however, that Christians will, after seeing the value of our efforts, be constrained to fellowship in the work. Its sole object is to seek the truth, acknowledging no other standard of religious faith or works other than the Old and New Testaments—the latter being the only standard of the religion of Jesus Christ.
As this labor is begun, it is launched with a prayer and for the everlasting glory of Jehovah, our God.
In 1998, we launched the Christian Courier on this website. Today it has grown to one of the most visited teaching websites among the churches of Christ, reaching nearly a half-million readers a month.