That's a really good question
and we are very glad you are here so that we can give you an answer to that.
This is a brief summary of what we believe. We hope you find it of
interest and after reading, seek to look a little deeper into the matter.
First of all, we believe Jesus
Christ is the Son of God and that He established only
one church in New Testament times and that the membership of this one
church was made up of Christians only. When you look around today you see
a whole host of different denominations out there, each one with its own
specific belief on doctrinal issues. Several of them have differing
teachings on what one must do in order to live a pleasing life before God and to
inherit an eternal home with Him in heaven.
These different beliefs and
teachings are where the concern comes from. Since we cannot come back from
the grave and get a second chance to live an acceptable life, we believe that being
on the path that God has prescribed for us is of utmost importance. Our
eternal destiny depends on whether or not we get it right.
We recognize the Bible as the
inspired, inerrant word of God which is our sole authority for what we practice,
what we teach and how we live. We believe the old testament was the
authority for those who lived before Jesus Christ died on the cross. We
believe the new testament is the authority for those living after the death of
Christ and is
given by inspiration of God and completely furnishes us for every good work.
The Bible teaches that there is
only one body of Christ
practicing only one faith. All of the various denominations
(divisions) with their different beliefs and teachings are not found in the New
Testament. One cannot turn to the pages of the New Testament and read
about any of the denominations we see today. They were all established by
men some time after the writing of the New Testament.
Jesus taught that the
doctrines of men rendered our worship vain so we are deeply concerned
about all the division we see in the church today. We do not want
our worship to be vain and we do not want to be guilty of teaching the
commandments of men to others. We seek to walk a Godly path which must be
right and that cannot fail.
We know that there were
Christians who lived in the first century that lived acceptable lives before God
and were saved. We seek to pattern our lives after their approved examples
which are recorded for us in scripture by inspiration of God. We believe
that if we follow the teachings of Jesus as humble and willing servants, believe
what the new testament Christians believed, do what they did which God approved
of, worship how they worshipped and live how they lived we will be just what
they were; Christians only.
We do not want to be
identified as any denomination. We reject the teachings of men which
add to or take away from that which can be found in scripture. We do not
add anything manmade to our worship, nor do we take anything approved by God
from our worship. We do not wish to be called anything that the new
testament Christians were not called. They wore no manmade names, they
followed no manmade creeds. They were simply Christians and they served
God according to His will.
We believe this is the way to
seek, find and to walk that path that must be right and that cannot fail.
We invite you to learn more about us. We feel a great joy in the Lord. It is our desire that
we could share it with everyone. If you have any further questions or need some help
that we can offer, please
ask and we will help if we can.
You are invited to read and learn more about the new testament church of Christ.
There are some links below to
more material on who we are, how we worship and what we believe. Thank you
for you interest.
Introducing the church of Christ
Frequently Asked Questions