Traditionally Churches of Christ have not had a written creed or statement of beliefs. (See core beliefs of Churches of Christ.) However we recognize that it is helpful to have a thumbnail sketch of what we believe and value. We understand that this is important for those seeking to find a suitable church home, and also for those who worship with us already.
Summary of Our Core Beliefs
- God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.
- God exist in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- God created a perfect world, but it has been horribly affected by sin. Every person has sinned and sin breaks our relationship with God.
- God loved everyone in the world so much he sent his son Jesus to die on a cross so that all those who believe in him have their relationship with God restored.
- Believers accept God’s free gift of salvation and respond to God’s love by repenting (turning from their sins), being baptised, and living as followers of Jesus.
- Believers remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for them through regular participation in communion.
- The Holy Spirit indwells believers equipping them to live godly lives of service in ministry and mission.
- The Bible is the inerrant Word of God; God’s message to humanity.
- Those who do not believe in Jesus will be separated from God for eternity in a place called hell.
- God will create a new heaven and a new earth. Jesus Christ is coming back to take His followers to be with Him there for eternity.
Expanding on these Core Beliefs
There is only one true God. He is the Creator of all life and the Supreme Ruler of the universe. He has always been (He is eternal) and co-exists equally in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. We learn about God through His creation, His Word, and His Son. God loves us more than we can imagine.
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. Co-equal with God the Father and God the Spirit, He came to earth and became man. He was completely God while at the same time being fully man. He revealed to us who God is. His miraculous acts, sinless life, and life-changing teachings all confirm the fact that He is God’s Son. His purpose for coming to Earth was to show God’s love by dying on a cross, thus taking the sins of all mankind upon Himself, and paying the penalty that our sins deserve. His bodily resurrection from the grave and His promise to return someday are testimonies to the fact that He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus desires the deepest of relationship with every person.
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. The primary role of the Spirit is to glorify and to testify of Jesus. He dwells in each member of God’s family as a Helper and Guide. It is through the work of the Holy Spirit that a person comes to salvation. At the point of salvation, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our physical bodies as His home. He provides gifts, power and guidance to every Christian to develop the character of Christ and live every day in God’s will. Evidence of his work in the christian’s life is called the Fruit of the Spirit.
About The Bible
The Bible is God’s written Word. The process that God used to give us His Word is called inspiration, which means God-breathed. The Word of God is without error and is truth. It tells us who God is, why He loves us, and what His plans are for us. The Bible is the authority or standard for living our lives according to God’s will for us.
We are created in the spiritual likeness or image of God. God gave us free will: we have the ability to choose to love as God loves, to choose to do right in the likeness of God’s righteousness, and to choose to value what God values. God created us because He wants a family who will love Him because we want to love Him, and not because we have to love Him. The first man, Adam, chose to sin, and now every person lives in a marred creation with a marred spiritual nature. As a result, every person will eventually choose to sin and subsequently become separated from God.
We need salvation because we have sinned. Sin separates us from God who desires a relationship with us. It is impossible for any man to restore that broken relationship with God by any amount of personal goodness, religious deeds, or by belonging to a church. We cannot earn, merit or achieve a right relationship with God by our own efforts. The death of Jesus was not an accident. It was God’s plan from the beginning to save us from our sins through the death of Jesus Christ. The Bible calls God’s act of love, grace. His grace is His gift to us. The way we receive His gift is by entering into a covenant relationship with Jesus by placing our trust and faith in Him. When we decide that we will follow Jesus for the rest of our lives, we demonstrate our trust in Jesus by obeying His command to be immersed (baptised) in water demonstrating the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
When God created you and me, He created us with a soul which will never cease to exist. Those who choose to follow Jesus as Lord, and have a growing relationship with Him, will spend eternity with God in Heaven. Those who reject Jesus by refusing to follow Him will spend eternity in Hell. Heaven, like salvation and grace, is a gift of God. Hell is the due consequence for those who have not accepted God’s offer of forgiveness. Heaven and Hell are real places.
About The Church
The Church is God’s spiritual family. It is made up of all those who have chosen to place their trust and faith in Jesus and who are His followers (disciples). The Church is not a building or one particular group of believers. To belong to the Church, is to belong to Jesus. The Bible uses the analogy that Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is His body. God’s will is for the Church to gather regularly to worship its Head, Jesus, to remember His sacrifice on the cross by participating in communion, to use its various gifts and abilities to serve its Head, to love and encourage those who are in the body, and to work diligently to maintain the unity of the body. As the members of His Church love one another and maintain unity of purpose and relationship, the world around us will recognize that we belong to Jesus. The Church or body is to seek to do the will of God, which also includes loving and saving the world through Jesus Christ.
All believers, male and female, are seen as equals in the body of Christ.
While some may be endorsed for working among the congregation, all members are considered ministers. We practice the “priesthood of all believers”, which is a notable feature of all Churches of Christ.
1 Peter 2:5,9; Revelations 1:6; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31