The Bible teaches that "all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Since the Bible is divinely inspired, infallible, and all-sufficient, it is our sole
authority for all that we do. We believe we cannot add to or take away from the
Scriptures (Revelation 22:18-19), nor can we
preach another gospel than that contained in the New Testament (Galatians 1:8-9). We understand that we are
under divine law today, not the Old Law contained in the Old Testament, which was nailed
to the cross and taken out of the way when Jesus died (Colossians
2:14), but the law of Christ found in the New Testament (Romans 8:2, Galatians 6:2). We believe that the
writings of the Old Testament were "written for our learning" (Romans 15:4); however, we understand that we must
"rightly divide the Word" (2
realizing that the Old Law was given to the Jewish people and served as a schoolmaster
(tutor) to bring them to Christ and the New Covenant, which the divine record sets forth
as a "better covenant established upon better promises" (Galatians 3:24, Hebrews 8:6). Thus we are bound
by the law of Christ contained in the New Testament, and we believe that we must have the
authority of Christ for whatever we practice or teach (Colossians
The Bible teaches the Scriptures are able to make one wise unto salvation (
2 Timothy 3:15), and we
learn the following from the Lord's commandments, the writings of the apostles, and the
examples of conversion in the New Testament: One must hear the Word of God (Romans 10:17), believe in
Christ (Acts 16:31),
repent of his sins (Luke 13:3),
confess that Christ is the Son of God (
Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized in the name of the
Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit for the remission of sins (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:37-38).
When these steps
are faithfully obeyed, the Lord then adds that individual to His Church (Acts 2:47).
The Bible teaches that there is one body (Ephesians
4:4), and since the body is the Church (Colossians
1:18, Ephesians 1:22-23), there is but one Church. Jesus built this Church (Matthew 16:18) and purchased it with His own blood (Acts 20:28). We believe one must be in the Lord's
Church to be saved, since the Lord adds to the Church those who are saved (Acts 2:47), and since the Bible declares Christ to be the
Savior of the body, or Church (Ephesians 5:23).
Since the Bible teaches we must have the authority of Christ for whatever we practice
or teach (Colossians 3:17), our worship services
will be conducted strictly in accordance with the Scriptural patterns set forth in the New
Testament. Jesus says, "they that worship [God] must worship Him in spirit and
in truth" (John 4:24). To worship God
"in spirit" means to worship Him with the right attitude and motives. In
other words, the condition of the heart must be acceptable in our worship. To
worship God "in truth" means to worship Him according to the Word of God, for
Jesus says that the Word of God is truth (John 17:17).
In other words, all that we do in worship to our God must be regulated by the truth, which
is the Word of God. Jesus says that the truth is knowable (John 8:32), but we must be willing to study
God's Word diligently to find it (2 Timothy 2:15, Acts 17:11,
Matthew 7:7-8). We must also be willing to receive the truth with meekness (James 1:21). Indeed, Jesus expects us to
understand and follow the truth, for He promises indignation, wrath, tribulation,
anguish, a fiery vengeance, and everlasting destruction for those who do not obey
the truth (Romans 2:8-9, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).
The Bible teaches by divine example that singing should be a portion of our worship
service (Hebrews 2:12). Christians are
also commanded to sing and make melody in the heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19). Because the Bible only
authorizes vocal music in our worship, we believe it would be an addition to His Will if
we added and employed instrumental music. We sing a cappella, "the way of the
Church," without instrumental music.
Because we recognize the preeminence of God's Word, we believe the teaching should come
from that precious source (1 Peter 4:11), and
center around the gospel of Christ, which is "the power of God unto salvation" (Romans 1:16). The teaching service must be
handled by able, faithful men, speaking one at a time (1 Corinthians 14:31). We believe the
Scriptures teach that, regardless of age, "all may learn, and all may be
comforted" in the scriptural, undivided assembly (1 Corinthians 14:31).
The Bible teaches and the Scriptures repeatedly affirm the necessity and immeasurable
value of frequent, heartfelt prayer (1 Timothy 2:8,
1 Thessalonians 5:17). According to (Acts
2:42), prayer was one of the things the early disciples continued in
The Bible teaches the "collection for the saints" must be gathered only once a
week, on the first day of the week (the Lord's Day), according to the divine pattern given
to the Church at Corinth and the congregations at Galatia (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). At this time, each
disciple is to give of his means in a cheerful manner as he has been prospered, and as he
has purposed in his heart (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Those who are not members of the Church are not required to give.
The Bible teaches the communion, or Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20), is the "joint
participation" of Christians in the body and blood of our Savior Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16). The early disciples
continued steadfastly in the observance of the Lord's Supper (Acts
2:42). The frequency with which they observed the Lord's Supper can be
ascertained from (Acts 20:7), where the Bible
informs us that the disciples came together upon the first day of the week to break bread
(observe the Lord's Supper). Thus, in accordance with this scriptural example, we
believe we must come together every first day of the week to observe this solemn memorial.
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