The Christian Church

Who are We? Bible

We are a New Testament, independent, non-denominational church.  We are not multi-denominational.  We  use the name Christian only.  We call individuals to the teachings of Christ and the apostles.  We actually challenge seekers to turn from sin and turn to God.  We restore believers to New Testament Christianity by avoiding opinions, creeds, changing social trends.  We seek to follow the patterns of the early church in God's plan for salvation, in the leadership structure for the church, and the priorities for the believer.   

The Basics

What We Believe?

There is one God.  He is our Creator.  He reveals Himself in the Godhead - God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.

(Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Ephesians 4:3-6, Colossians 1:15-19, Philippians 2:5-11, John 15:26)

Jesus Christ is God's Son.  He is our Savior.  He sacrificed Himself on the cross so that we could attain forgiveness of sins.  He experienced a bodily resurrection and ascended into heaven.  He is returning for His church. (John 3:16, Luke 24:1-8, Acts 1:1-11, I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

The Holy Spirit is the promised counselor, comforter, and helper.  He convicts of sin, dwells within every Christian,  intercedes when we pray, and produces in us Godly character traits. (John 14:16-18, John 16:7-8, Romans 8:26-27, Galatians 5:22-23)

The Bible is God's Word.  It is His will for our lives.  We submit to His absolute authority.  (II Timothy 3:16-17)

The Bible heralds the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman, the sanctity of God-given genders (male and female). (Psalm 139:13-15, Genesis 1:27, Matthew 19:5-6.)

We are saved by grace when we believe in Christ, repent of our sins, confess the name of the Lord, and are baptized for the remission of our sins and the gift of the Holy Spirt.  (Ephesians 2:8, Romans 10:10, Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16.  See all the conversions in Acts.)

We will attain heaven if we remain faithful to Christ. (Colossians 1:21-23, Matthew 10:32-33)  (Note: We can be confident of our salvation because of grace and our desire to walk humbly before the Lord.  James 1:1-10, Hebrews 4:1-16)

We do not teach:

- Once saved, always saved

- Sinner's prayer

- Speaking in tongues

- Calvinism or Catholicism or traditions of men

Why do we not teach the aforementioned doctrines?

The church's foundation is the teaching of Christ and the apostles, given to us in the first century (the New Testament).  Over time men began to add doctrines.  Take Catholicism for example.  We don't read in the New Testament of popes, cardinals, purgatory, the rosary, etc.  These are all add-ons.  Another example is Calvinism.  John Calvin was a French theologian and reformer in the 16th century.  He advocated teachings that became know as once saved always saved.  The book of Hebrews plainly reveals Christians can fall away.  We have the choice to harden our heart.  We have free will.  Also, Calvin taught that grace or atonement was limited. Only the elect (the ones God preordained to be saved) could go to Heaven.  God doesn't predetermine the winners and losers.  The Bible teaches He wants all men to come to repentance.  Speaking of add-ons, there is no example of a sinner's prayer in Scripture.  But the book of Acts clearly reveals people believed, repented, and were baptized (immersed) for salvation as they called on the name of the Lord.  And speaking in tongues should be examined carefully.  On the day of Pentecost, tongues were known languages so that listeners could hear the gospel in their native tongue.  Supernatural gifts were given to some members of the church by the laying on of the apostle's hands for the purpose of advancing the gospel.  But Paul mentioned in I Corinthians 13 these gifts for the elementary church would cease, pass away, disappear.  Therefore, we are a church simply trying to restore our teaching to the New Testament and the New Testament patterns.