Perhaps you are not familiar with churches of Christ. You may be wondering what we believe. While we have no formal doctrinal statements, there is an essential foundation set forth in the Bible:
- There is one universal God who exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in limitless power, love, and goodness, who has created the universe and each human being for the purpose of being in relationship with him. Since he made us, he holds each one of us accountable for our lives (1 Peter 1:2; Genesis 1-3).
- God has made himself known in nature, in history through men and women, and most uniquely in the life of Jesus of Nazareth (John 1).
- By our choices and self centered lives, each of us has severed that very relationship with God, and we cannot restore it (Ephesians 1:1-3; Romans 3:10-18; Titus 3:3).
- Jesus, the unique son of God, came to earth and sacrificed himself so that he could provide the way back to God for us (Mark 10:45; Romans 3:21-26).
- The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus are the means by which God forgives our sin and restores our broken lives to a relationship with him. This good news of salvation offered in Jesus is to be shared with people everywhere (Acts 2:22-39).
- Followers of Jesus form a new body of believers known as the church. The church, like a loving family, is a community where people enjoy being together. It is also a community which, like a body, feels concern for members who are suffering (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-35; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
- The collected documents that we know as the Bible preserve the story of God’s actions, and are accepted as our standard even now (Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:14-16).