Who are the churches of Christ and what do we believe? The only identity we desire is to be the church that you read about in the Bible, nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else. Our Lord came to this earth to establish His church (Matthew 16:18). We diligently strive to fill our role as “the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).
The church is the body of Christ, and He is its only head (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:22-23). The Bible is our only authority as to what should be believed, taught, and practiced doctrinally (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Following the pattern laid out in the Bible, our congregation is autonomous and self-governing. We have no creed book, manual, or official statement of doctrine other than the Word of God.
Our worship is simple, focused on expressing our adoration for God, and conforms to His will as communicated in scripture. We meet every first day of the week to commemorate, through the Lord’s Supper, the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for our sins (Acts 20:7). We sing praises to God acappella (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). We openly study and teach God’s word (2 Timothy 4:2). We pray for God’s guidance, wisdom, protection, forgiveness, and blessings (1 Timothy 2:1; James 1:5; 5:13,16). We give back to God from the financial blessings with which He has blessed us (1 Corinthians 16:2).
Our mission is to teach the gospel of Christ throughout the world (Mark 16:15-16). Jesus Christ is our only savior, and there is no way to God except through Him (John 14:6). We are guilty of sin (Romans 3:23). The consequence of sin is spiritual death (Romans 6:23). Forgiveness and salvation await all “in Christ” (Romans 8:1). The gospel is God’s message of salvation through Christ (Romans 1:16).
God’s plan for man’s salvation is simple and straightforward. It is only by God’s grace through faith that we can be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9). As a person responds to God’s offer of grace by repenting of his sin (Acts 3:19), confessing his faith in Christ (Matthew 10:32-33) and submitting to baptism “into Christ” (Romans 6:3-4), his sins will be cleansed by the blood shed by the Lord on the cross (Acts 22:16; Hebrews 9:27-28). He then begins a new life of faithfulness to God (Revelation 2:10).
Our intent is to speak where the Bible speaks and remain silent where the Bible is silent, to submit to God’s will, as communicated in His word, in all matters of faith.
The Bible – nothing more, nothing less, nothing else!