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Our Beliefs

The following are excerpts from:

"The Manual of the Churches of Christ in Christian Union".

They detail what we believe as a church:

God the Father is. . .

  • The first Person of the Trinity – Matthew 3:16-17
  • The Creator of the entire universe – Genesis 1
  • Omnipotent (all-powerful) – Jeremiah 32: 17-18, 27
  • Omnipresent (everywhere, present at once) - Psalm 139: 1-10
  • Omniscient (all-knowing) – Hebrews 4:13
  • Eternal (has neither beginning nor end) - Psalm 90:2
  • Holy and Just – Psalm 89: 14 & 18
  • Loving and Merciful – John 3:16; John 4:8,12
  • Worthy of our total trust and submission – Proverbs 3:5

God the Son, Jesus Christ. . .

  • Is God, one with the Father & Holy Spirit – John 1:1-3
  • Was man, born of the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit – Matthew 1: 18-21
  • Shared our humanity – Philemon 2:6-7
  • Is our Savior- went to the Cross for us – Romans 5: 6-8
  • Is alive, in Heaven interceding for us – Hebrews 4: 14-16
  • Will return to earth – John 14:1-3; Revelation 20: 1-6

God, the Holy Spirit. . .

  • Is God, one with the Father and the Son – Genesis 1: 2
  • Is a person, not a mere influence – John 16: 13-14
  • Is the source of conviction – John 16: 7-11
  • Administers God’s grace – John 3: 5-6; Acts 15: 8-9

The Bible. . .

  • Is God’s inspired Word – 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1: 21
  • Is infallible in its original form – Deuteronomy 32: 4; 2 Samuel 7: 28
  • Is the only rule of faith and practice – Galatians 1:8
  • Is the Gospel for Salvation – Romans 1: 8

Man. . .

  • Is a created being – Genesis 1: 27; 5:1
  • Is a spiritual and physical being – Job 32:8; Proverbs 20: 27; 1 Corinthians 6:15
  • Bears great worth and all are equal – John 1: 12; Proverbs 22: 2
  • Is entrusted with great responsibility – Genesis 1: 28; 2: 15,19; Matthew 28: 18-20; Romans 10: 14
  • Is a sinner by nature and choice – Genesis 3: 1-7; Romans 5:12; Romans 6:23

Salvation. . .

  • Meets man’s need – Romans 3: 23; Romans 6: 6, 12, 16-18
  • Is a result of God’s love – John 3:16
  • Is conditional – Acts 17: 30; 2 Peter 3: 9; John 1: 12-13; 1 John 3: 9
  • May be experienced in three stages: regeneration, sanctification, and glorification

Regeneration. . .

  • Is an act of God called the new birth – John 3: 3; Ephesians 2: 1, 5
  • Is verified by the Holy Spirit – Romans 8: 10, 15

Sanctification. . .

  • Is a second, definite work of God’s grace – 1 Thessalonians 5: 23
  • Is a crucifixion of the sinful nature – Romans 6: 6; Galatians 2: 20
  • Enables us to live above sin – Romans 6: 6-14
  • Involves specific conditions:
    • Command to be Holy – 1 Peter 1:16-17; 1 Thessalonians 4: 3, 7, 8
    •  Consecration of our will – Romans 6:13; Romans 12: 1-2
    •  Comes by faith – Acts 15: 8-9;Acts 26: 17-18; Hebrews 13: 12

Glorification. . .

  • Is the last act of redeeming grace – 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18
  • Involves a physical change – Philemon 3: 20-21; 1 John 3:2
  • Is final salvation – Acts 15: 11; John 14: 1-3
  • Is conditioned faithfulness – Mark 13:13

The Church. . .

  • Is the Body of Christ – Ephesians 1: 22-23; Ephesians 4: 15-16; Colossians 1:18
  • Is a body of fellowship – John 15: 2; Hebrews 13: 1; 1 Peter 2: 17
  • Is a body with a mission – Matthew 5: 13-16; Acts 1:8

Gifts of the Spirit. . .

  • Are specific, enabling graces God gives to the Church – Romans 12: 4-13; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4: 4-12;                1 Peter4: 8-11
  • Are under the sovereign dispensation of the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11
  • In particular, the ‘gift of tongues’ is ‘missionary in character’ – Acts 2: 6, 8, 11; 1 Corinthians 14:22                                and to be guided by 1 Corinthians 14: 27-28 in public worship
  • No one gift is the exclusive evidence of the baptism with the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11

The Sacraments. . .

  • Baptism is an outward witness of an inward work of God.  The mode is not as essential as the fact – Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 1: 13-17
  • The Lord’s Supper/Communion – Luke 22: 14-20; 1 Corinthians 11; 23-30
  • We do not recognize any sacrament as a saving grace – Ephesians 2: 8

Stewardship. . .

  • Springs from the recognition that we are not our own – 1 Corinthians 6: 20
  • Embraces the practices of Tithing (one tenth) – Genesis 14: 20; Hebrews 7: 1-7; Luke 11: 42

The Sabbath. . .

  • The Jewish Sabbath, Saturday – Exodus 20: 10-11
  • The Christian Sabbath, Sunday, or the Lord’s Day, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, on the first day of the week, Sunday – John 20: 1; 1 Corinthians 16: 2

The Hereafter. . .

  • All people will be judged – Matthew 25: 32; Acts 17: 31
  • Believers will be judged according to their works – 1 Corinthians 3: 12-15
  • Unbelievers will be sentenced – Matthew 25: 46; Revelation 20: 14-15

“No church consists of members who see everything alike in Scripture.  While the Holy Spirit may enlighten one member to embrace something which another may not embrace, such variations of understanding are the result of the responsive care and direction of God in the light of each person’s need and state of maturity.  The emphasis in this section however, has been on the common bonds of our faith, as indeed it should always be.”

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