“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!”
II Corinthians 5:17
If you’re new here, you may be wondering, what is a “Church of Christ?” What are they all about? We hope you find the following information helpful as you explore our site and consider visiting our community.
There is one, triune and eternal God who exists as one being with three distinct and co-equal persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26; I John 5:7; Matthew 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11). All were present at the creation of the universe and are uncreated, supreme, and worthy of our glory.
Jesus: Son of God
We believe that God sent His Son to be our Savior, and reconcile us back to Him as the propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2; Rom. 3:25). Jesus was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14, Matt. 1:23), lived a sinless life (1 Peter 2:22), and is both fully human and fully divine (Colossians 2:9). After His crucifixion, he rose again on the third day, and ascended into Heaven (Acts 2:24; 1 Peter 1:3; Hebrews 10:12). We believe He will return in victory and glory on the Day of Judgment (Acts 1:11; 2 Peter 3:10).
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is given to us in baptism, and that the Holy Spirit dwells in us, helping intercede for us in prayer and live a life of discipleship that bears fruit for the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:16).
The Holy Bible
We believe that the Holy Bible was given and inspired by God. It is His Word and the way He communicates to us in the world today. The Bible is without error, God-breathed and the ultimate and final authority on faith, salvation, morality, ethics, truth, and Christian living (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).
We believe in the Gospel, the Good News of Salvation: God’s only son, Jesus Christ, was sent to earth to die for our sins in our place. We are so lost and broken that we can’t fix ourselves. He was without sin, perfect and unblemished in every way. He was a living sacrifice who was crucified on the cross to satisfy the righteous justice and wrath of God toward sin, and reveal His infinite grace and love for us. Jesus rose from the dead, and through His perfect sacrifice, salvation is made available to the world. We believe that Adam and Eve willfully sinned against God, ushering sin into the world and leaving a great rift between God and man that only Jesus could make right (Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18; Hebrews 10:14; John 3:16; Romans 5:12).
We believe that salvation is a gift from God, and that humans cannot achieve their own salvation. Salvation is made available to everyone who hears the Gospel, believes that Jesus is Lord and sacrificed Himself for us, confesses and repents of his or her sin, and is baptized for the remission of sins (Hebrews 5:9; 2 Peter 3:9; Titus 2:11; Romans 10:10, 17; Matthew 10:32-33; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16).
We believe the Bible demonstrates that baptism is the time and occasion where God performs His saving work in us, and that it is commanded by God for us to receive His gift of grace. It is an essential part of God’s plan for us, where we become justified and receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for our sanctification (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; John 3:5; Acts 22;16; 1 Peter 3:21; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27).
We believe that God established the Church – one body comprised of many souls, of which Jesus Christ is head – to accomplish His will on earth. We believe the church was established on the Day of Pentecost, and that the Lord adds us to His church in baptism. The church is one body comprised of many members who assemble in their local contexts all over the world. God wants us to be active in the life of our local congregation, and to worship, pray, fellowship, serve one another, and bring the Gospel of Christ to our community by using our God-given talents and abilities for His glory.
Although Christ is the head of His body, the Bible has ordained that elders oversee the spiritual life and structure of the congregation. Elders are responsible for the oversight, protection, edification, discipline and restoration of members of the body (Acts 2:1-47; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 2:19-22; Romans 12:5; 1 Peter 2:5; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 28:18-20).
The Lord’s Supper
In the Bible we see the early church partaking of the Lord’s Supper on a weekly basis. Also known as Communion or the Eucharist (which comes from the Latin eucharistia, meaning “thanksgiving”), it’s a celebration of the life and sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, and his subsequent resurrection on the third day after his crucifixion. It’s a chance for those in covenant relationship with Jesus to take the bread and cup in anticipation of his return each Sunday (Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:17-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16; Acts 20:7; Matthew 26:26-28).