What We Believe

What We Believe

We use the Bible to determine religious doctrine. This is because the Holy Word is the only thing inspired by God (2 Peter 1:20-21). We must have the authority of Christ to do the things we do religiously and since we cannot have a direct conversation with Christ, we go to His and His apostles/prophets words (Colossians 3:17).

 

We also only identify ourselves as Christians individually and church of Christ collectively. This is not because we think ourselves better than others but it is because we are trying to identify biblical things by biblical names. Before denominationalism, we read in the Bible people simply being called Christians and the congregation as a whole being called the church of Christ (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16; Romans 16:16).

 

We believe the New Testament is sufficient to us all in our spiritual needs (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:2-3).  If we simply preach and teach what God instructs us to, we will be closer to what God wants.

We do not claim to be perfect. Everyone has shortcomings and all have sinned against God and fallen from His glory (Romans 3:23). For this reason, we needed and still need Christ. His perfect sacrifice paid the price for our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). As we are all in Christ, we all have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:6-7).

 

As a congregation, we work together to do the work of the Lord. We all desire to share the gospel to every person on this planet (Mark 16:15-16). For these reasons we make provisions to be able to do these things. We engage in worship which was shown by the apostles (Acts 2:42).  We encourage one another to love each other to provoke ourselves to good works (Hebrews 10:23-25). We simply love one another as the Bible instructs us to do (1 John 4: 7-8).

What Can I Expect When I Come to Worship?

God is looking for those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). This means we worship God with the proper focus and the proper attitude. This also means we do what God says to do in His word, nothing more or less (Revelations 22:18-19).

So, this is what the Bible tells us should be in every Lord’s Day worshipping period:

  • Singing (Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16)
  • Praying (Acts 2:42; 1 Thess. 5:17; 1 Tim. 2:1-4)
  • Preaching (Acts 20:7; Acts 2:42; 1 Thess. 1:8)
  • Observing the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:24-26)
  • Giving to God (1 Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 8:9)

As it is not our aim to make services “boring”, It is most certainly our aim to make our services pure in the sight of God. So because of this you will not see the following in our worship to God.

  • Sing with the mechanical instruments of music
  • Clap hands, hold hands, or turn down the lights when we pray
  • Pray to anyone other than our Heavenly Father
  • Take up a collection on any day other than Sunday
  • Partake of the Lord’s Supper on any day other than Sunday
  • Preach traditions, commandments, precepts, or doctrines of men

 

How Do I Become a Member of This Church?

We cannot determine whether you are part of the church or not. This has to do with your obedience and God’s adding you to the church (Acts 2:47). So at what point will God add you to the church? The Scripture is clear on this matter and includes a few things:

Believe in Christ (Mark 16:16; Heb. 11:6; John 3:16).  Believing in Christ involves believing who He is (the Son of God) and believing what He says (in the gospel).

  • Repent of sins which is not only an acknowledgment but a turning away of those sins and turning fully to God (Luke 13:5; Acts 2:38)
  • Confess faith in Christ as the Son of God (Matt. 10:32; Rom. 10:9)
  • Be baptized for the remission of sins (Matt 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rom. 6:3-5; Gal. 3:27; 1 Pet 3:21)

At this point, if you want to become a member of this specific congregation of the Lord’s church, we will make sure you are a child of His by the credentials above and then we will recognize you as a member of our congregation. We do not vote in candidates.

If one has already become a Christian but have fallen away, He must return to God (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26). The New Testament teaches us what needs to be done in this case:

  • Repent of sins (Acts 8:22; Rev. 2:5)
  • Confess sins (2 John 1:9; James 5:16)
  • Pray for forgiveness (Acts 8:22; 2 Pet. 3:9)

What If I Want to Know More About This Church?

We welcome you to come and visit us! We have many materials which you can read. We also have many members which would love to answer your questions. If you wish to study even further, the local evangelist or one of the members will be happy to study with you at your convenience. We do not want you to take our word for anything. Instead, we want to show you what the Bible says. We want to draw closer to God by following His Will.

When you come to services here, you will be treated as an honored guest. We are very friendly and most importantly care about every soul which walks through the door and just every soul in general. If you are tired of not finding Biblical purity in the denominational world and want to be part of the church which does everything it does by the authority of the Bible then please come!