Many people are reluctant to visit a church if they don’t know what to expect when they get there. We wish to help you know what to expect when you visit with us.
We strive to be the same church described in the New Testament. It is our purpose to be completely identified with the Christians of the first century. We believe this to be possible to all who will learn, believe and be guided by the plain teaching of the word of God. Jesus declared such to be “the seed of the kingdom” (Luke 8:11). A fundamental truth in nature is that a specific kind of seed, when planted will always produce after its kind. For example, wheat will produce wheat; corn will produce corn. In a like manner the word of God, when planted in the hearts of honest people, and obeyed, will produce Christians just as it did in the first century – nothing more or nothing less. We are human, and therefore subject to error, so we recognize the possibility that we may be wrong in our application of the scriptures. But if we can be shown where we are wrong, by scripture, we are willing and anxious to change.
Our emphasis is spiritual, not material or social. As is probably evident to you if you have seen our meeting place, we place little emphasis upon luxurious surroundings. While as individual Christians we seek each others association socially, the church is not a social club and therefore the Lord’s treasury is not used to promote social functions. Our aim is spiritual (1 Pet. 2:5; 1 Tim. 3:15).
We are not just another denomination, neither are we inter-denominational. It is our wish and purpose to wear no other name than Christ’s and to be known simply as Christians, members of the body of Christ – the church of Christ. Such was clearly true of the Lord’s people in the first century (Acts 11:26; 1 Pet. 4:16; Eph. 1:22, 23; Col. 1:18; Rom. 16:16). Collectively we refer to ourselves as the church of Christ, The Lord’s church, or some other scriptural description, not in an attempt to be “sectarian,” but on the contrary, to identify ourselves as the church belonging to Christ.
The Bible is our only book of rules. Therefore we have no man-written creed books to follow. We are governed in faith and conduct by the Bible alone. While recognizing and heeding the guiding principles of the Old Testament, we seek to conform to the rules and patterns of the New Testament (1 Cor. 10:4; Heb. 1:1-2; 1 Pet. 4:11). We accept the Bible as being both verbally inspired and infallible in content (2 Pet. 1:20-21; 1 Cor. 2:11-13). Consequently, when the Bible speaks upon any given subject, its pronouncement is accepted as final. By its own testimony, no one may with impunity alter a single word of it (Deut 4:2; Rev. 22:18-19).