OUR BELIEFS

 
 
The church of Christ has no official, published list of beliefs, doctrines, a “Confession of Faith,” or other such man-made document to outline the ideaology and theology of the church. There exists no central headquarters that decides or mandates the affairs of the church. Instead of those earthly-type of arrangements, each congregation of the church of Christ is autonomous (governing itself) by simply recognizing Jesus as the Head of the church (Ephesians 1:22-23) and that the Bible as its guide in “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). The entire Bible is infallible and is the inspired Word of God. It is the supreme and final authority in all doctrine and practice (Isaiah 40:8; II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
 
Based upon those two, simple principles, the leaders of each congregation make decisions and operate. We strive to speak only where the Bible speaks and remain silent where the Bible is silent. We do Bible things in Bible ways and call Bible things by Bible names. With the above statements being understood, below are just a few general statements regarding our beliefs, as read directly from the Bible.
 
  • We believe what the Bible says regarding the “God Head” which consists of the Father (Creator) the Son (Redeemer) and the Holy Spirit (Sustainer) as is presented in John 1:1-3; and II Corinthians 13:14.
 
  • The Bible presents one God eternally existing in three equal persons. These three have the same nature, essence and attributes. They are distinct in office and activity according to Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Acts 5:3-4; and Hebrews 1:8.
 
  • Ephesians 4:5 says that there is one Lord, one Faith and one Baptism.
 
  • According to the pattern seen in the New Testament, a person is added to the church (body of Christ) when he or she is baptized (immersed in water) for the remission of sin (cf. Acts 2:47; Acts 2:38; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11-16, 5:22-23; Colossians 1:18).
 
  • The Bible teaches us about the resurrection of the dead (at the Second Coming of Christ) and the eternal conscious existence of all individuals in either heaven or hell, after the judgment of God (Luke 16:19-31; II Corinthians 5:8-10; I Corinthians 3:11-15).
 
  • Those added to the church receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), and walk in newness of life by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-6).
 
  • The church is described in many ways. It is described as, “the body of Christ,” (Colossians 1:18); the “household of God,” (Ephesians 2:19); the “church of Christ,” (Romans 16:16), the “church of God,” (Acts 20:28); and “the kingdom” (Matthew 16:18,19; Colossians 1:13). 
 
  • The Lord’s Supper (Communion) was celebrated every “first day of the week,” on Sunday (Acts 20:7).
 
  • Jesus commissioned His disciples to evangelize the world (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16).
 
There is much more to the Christian faith than what is listed here. We will be happy to sit down and study with you to show you how God’s will is clearly presented in His Holy Word. Remember the important words of Jesus, 
“Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter in to the kingdom of heaven, except he who does the will of my Father in heaven.”