What do we believe?
Churches of Christ have this culture, heritage and way of thinking that may be new to you. . .
In Matters of Faith, Unity;
In Matters of Opinion, Freedom;
In all Things, Love.
Not everyone thinks alike so we encourage everyone alike to think. Unity was never uniformity. Unity is a loving union where each follower is getting into the Word. Theologically, we are committed to no more and no less than New Testament faith and practice. We will continue to endorse a spiritual direction that is evangelical, post-denominational and biblical. You won’t find a checklist or catechism or creed other than Christ.
Neither Catholic nor Protestant, Simply Christian
We are not just another denomination. We are non-denominational. Post-denominational. If that seems refreshing to you, then you will enjoy worshipping with Christians from a variety of backgrounds.
We are Christians Only, Not the Only Christians
Pragmatically, our churches are genuinely guided by the preaching and example of Jesus Christ and the Apostles. The Lord’s Supper is open to all who profess faith. We meet on the first day of the week for breaking bread or communion. We believe a Christian is one who has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to the best of their understanding obeys Him according to the Scriptures. We immerse repentant believers in water for baptism.
Churches of Christ have:
No Creed but Christ.
No Book but the Bible.
No Name but Christian.
We believe the Bible is the only real rule of faith and practice. Anything less than the Bible is not enough, more is too much. Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent. All personal interpretations from Scripture, however valuable, should never be binding on another Christian. Those of us on staff believe our continuing position is to “not rule out what God has ruled in”. We maintain a biblical position that the miraculous has not ceased (Galatians 3:5, John 14:12). Gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to every believer as the Holy Spirit distributes (1 Peter 4:10-11). We do not believe that any one gift is the sign of the fullness of the Spirit. There’s is one baptism with many fillings (Ephesians 4:4-6, 5:18).
We believe in a NOW BUT NOT YET Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:10). God will decide whether to act now (answered on earth) or not yet (answered in Heaven). We pray and God answers according to His will. The miraculous still happens under the sovereignty of God. Prayerfully, we join Jesus Christ, as He intercedes for His church to be cooperative, mature, loving and global. He prays for a united, transforming community with a compassionate heart for the world. Unity is a gift to be received and a responsibility to be maintained.
Our desire is to enjoy uncluttered, commonsense Christianity. “My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father – that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me. (John 17:21-23).