If you are not familiar with the church of Christ, you may be wondering, “Who are these people? What do they believe and teach?” Maybe you’ve heard some things about the church and want to know if they are true or not. Let us try to briefly tell you who we are and what we believe. If, after reading this, you have questions or would like to know more, please let us know. We would be glad to help you in any way that we can.
We believe in God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe (Gen 1:1). We believe that God loves all of humanity and desires for everyone to be saved. To that end, God allowed His Son, Jesus Christ to come to the earth and to show us the way to God and then, ultimately, to die on the cross in order to offer redemption and salvation to mankind (John 3:16; Rom. 5:6-11). We believe that, three days after His crucifixion, Jesus overcame death and the grave in His resurrection, thus securing salvation for all those who come to Him in faith and obedience. We believe that Jesus later ascended back to heaven to take His place at the right hand of God as our Lord and Savior (Acts 1:9-11; Acts 5:30-31).
We believe that the Bible is the accurate and inerrant, inspired Word of God; that God has provided it to us in order to teach, correct, and guide us in the way that He would have us to go (2 Tim. 3:16-17). We believe that the Bible is the last and only revelation of God to us today (Jude 3)and that it is still a viable and timely guide for today’s world. We believe that the Bible was given to us to tell us all that God had done to bring salvation to mankind and to share with us the great and precious promises that God makes to those who commit their lives to Him. The Bible also instructs us on how we can respond to God in order to be His children and to have eternal salvation. As a church, we believe that it is our obligation to follow the New Testament as our only creed and to adhere to it in all matters of doctrine and practice, and that we have no authority to add to or take away from the teachings of the New Testament. In other words, we believe that we must “speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent.”
We believe that the Bible teaches us that we are all sinners (Rom. 3:23) and that we are all in need of salvation (Rom. 6:23). We also believe that the Bible teaches us that sinners can have salvation by learning about Jesus through the hearing of God’s Word (Rom. 10:17), developing a belief in Jesus as the Son of God (Mark 16:15-16), repenting of their past sins (2 Peter 3:9), confessing Christ as the Son of God and their savior (Rom. 10:9-10) and being immersed in baptism for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38). When one does this, God saves him or her through the blood of Christ and adds them to Christ’s church (Acts 2:47).
We believe that, while Jesus was on the earth, He promised to build HIS church (Matt. 16:18). We believe that that promise was fulfilled when the church began on the day of Pentecost as is recorded in Acts chapter 2. We believe that the church, as it is described in the New Testament, is the church of Christ (that is, the church that belongs to Christ) as Christ intended it to be. We believe that, in order for any church to be that church today, it must worship, teach and live in the same way that the New Testament church did. To that end, we strive to follow the commands and examples of the apostles and the New Testament church as they are recorded in the Scriptures to the best of our ability.
We believe that our purpose as New Testament Christians is to bring glory to God (1 Peter 2:9-10). We strive to do this in our worship (John 4:24), our teaching (2 Tim. 4:2), and our lives (Matt. 5:14-16). We also believe that it is our purpose and responsibility to share the love of God with others (Gal. 6:10). God has greatly blessed us and we are excited about sharing those blessings with those around us.
Finally, we believe that Christ has gone to prepare a wonderful place for us in heaven (John 14:1-3) and that He is coming back to judge the world and to receive those who are His (1 Thes. 4:15-17). We are striving to be ready for that day and want to help others to be ready too, so that we can all inherit that glorious heavenly home together.