What We Believe

Jesus Is Our Savior

We believe Jesus is the Christ, Son of the living God, and there is NO other name given under heaven whereby we must be saved (Matt 16:16, Acts 4:12 ). The knowledge that Jesus suffered and died for our sins causes us to rejoice and serve Him. We rejoice since our sins are forgiven by His great love, grace, and sacrifice (Col 1:14). We serve Him because of our deep gratitude for His willingness to save us – even at the cost of shedding His own blood (I Peter 2:24). Therefore, we are motivated by our greatest love to honor Him as our only Savior, by following and obeying all that He says (John 14:15) If you love Me, keep My commandments.

Christ Is Our Head

We believe God has highly exalted Jesus because of perfect obedience and sacrifice (Phil 2:9-11 “at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess.”) Jesus Himself said God had given Him all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt 28:18). We refuse to exalt men by given them ‘religious titles’ (pope, father, reverend, pastor, cardinal) or ‘lofty’ positions in the church. We delight in God’s perfect choice of Jesus as the absolute and only head of His church (Col 1:15-18). Therefore, we humbly and lovingly submit ourselves to His mighty will, to follow His soul saving instructions.

Having His Authority

We believe that we must have the authority of Jesus Christ for everything we do and teach (Col 3:17). God has appointed Jesus as the head over the church, granting Him absolute power over all things to the church (Eph 1:22). Jesus is the only way for us to get to the father – “I am the way, truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father but by Me.” John 14:6. Therefore we only do and teach the things that He has approved and instructed from His word. The church of Christ obeys only His will concerning worship, doctrine, works, and mission. We also believe Jesus will reject anyone who fails to do all things by His authority (Matt 7:21-23 “depart from Me ye that work iniquity.”).

The New Testament Contains His Authority

We believe the scriptures are the inspired word of God and the New Testament provides us with everything we need to properly serve Him (II Tim 3:16-17, II Peter 1:3). The New Testament is the only source we use to understand and submit to the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ (Heb 9:15). It teaches, and instructs, us concerning His will. As His church, we humbly and carefully follow the teachings and pattern that He has given for every activity, work, or teaching in which we engage. As His people, we must abide within His doctrine in order to maintain our relationship with Him and God the Father (II John 9).

The Plan of Salvation

Hear

We believe and practice the plan of salvation revealed by Christ in the New Testament. One who is accountable must first hear the pure gospel (Heb 3:15, Rom 10:17). Hearing the word of God also includes understanding what you have been taught.

Believe

Once a person has heard the truth, he/she must then believe it (Rom 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”). The gospel is based on Jesus, therefore a person must believe Jesus is the Christ, Son of the living God (John 3:16, Acts 8:37).

Repent

A person then must repent of their sin (Luke 13:3, 5 ; Acts 2:38). Repentance is a change of heart based on godly sorrow (II Cor. 7:10). We turn away from sin and turn back to God.

Confession

One must confess Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. “For with the heart man believes onto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made onto salvation” – Rom 10:10.

Baptism

Then a person must be baptized in water to be saved by Christ (Mark 16:16). Baptism is a burial in water, for the remission of sins, which puts a person into Christ (Rom 6:3-4, Acts 2:38, Gal 3:27). Every example of people being saved in the New Testament included baptism. The bible states in I Peter 3:21, “baptism doth also now save us.”

Faithful Life

The final step of salvation is for a person to live the rest of their life in faithful service to Jesus. A life where one sacrifices his/her will for His will (Rom 12:1). Where we love Him and keep His commandment (I John 5:3). Day by day we must grow spiritually in order to be faithful unto death (II Peter 3:18, Rev 2:10).

We reject all human plans of salvation, those based on the teachings and traditions of men. Some examples would be: Infant baptism, ‘Just accept Jesus into your heart’, ‘Faith only’, ‘once saved, always saved’, etc. We reject these practices since the New Testament does not teach them as the plan Christ has for the soul to be saved.

Spiritual Work

We believe Jesus established His church to accomplish His spiritual work. We carefully follow the New Testament pattern that reveals the authorized work for the church of Christ. This work consists of evangelism to teach the lost (Matt 28:19, Act 8:4), edification to teach and build up the church (Eph 4:11-16), benevolence to help needy saints (Acts 11:27-30), and the proper worship of God and Jesus. Since Jesus never authorized His church to pursue social works, political agendas, recreational activities, and entertainment – we also reject these activities as part of the work of His church.

True Worship

We believe God and His Son Jesus are worthy of our worship. Jesus taught that acceptable worship must be in spirit and in truth (John 4:21-24). Therefore, we turn again to the New Testament to define the proper pattern for our worship. With the proper heart and details of the truth, we humbly and joyfully offer acceptable worship to our God (I Peter 2:5, Heb 12:28-29). The bible shows the church was authorized to worship God in five (5) specific ways:

Praying

I exhort therefore that, first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men (I Tim 2:1-5). “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” Acts 2:42

Singing

Speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord (Eph 5:19). The church is authorized to worship God with congregational singing without the addition of instrumental music (Col 3:16).

Lord’s Supper

“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread” (Acts 20:7). The church of Christ partakes of the Lord supper ever Sunday in remembrance of the crucified Lord (I Cor. 11:23-29).

Preaching

“Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight” (Acts 20:7).

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (II Tim 4:2).

Giving

“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.” (I Cor 16:2). Sunday, the first day of the week, was the day when the Lord’s church took up the free will collection from its members. The first century church did not practice tithing, but gave from a cheerful heart (II Cor 9:7).


We believe and carefully follow the Lord’s pattern. When we assemble these are the acts of worship that we offer to God and His almighty Son Jesus.

This is a belief outline of what we believe as the church of Christ. There are many more details concerning our devotion and service to Christ. We invite any questions/comments you may have concerning the things we believe and practice.