What We Believe
The following list of beliefs is not exhaustive, yet it sets forth some basics. You will notice that each point is accompanied by Scripture references (as is the rest of this site). If you open your Bible and read these passages you will find that they are accurately quoted and applied. We practice the admonition given by the apostle Paul, "Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good." ( 1 Thess. 5:21 )
Jesus Christ came to this earth as the one, true God manifested in the flesh ( John 1 ), to sacrifice Himself for our sins ( Rom. 5:8-9 ; John 3:16 ), giving access to the gift of eternal life for all who believe in, love, and obey Him. He is the head of the church and, as our head, we yield to His instructions concerning our purpose, work, and worship (see below), as given in the Bible. "For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body" ( Eph. 5:23 , see also Eph. 1:22-23 ; Eph. 4:4 and Deity of Christ).
The truth is knowable and absolute. Though this is not a popular doctrine in the world, we hold to Scriptural teachings on this subject. "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" ( John 8:31-32 ). It is the Bible that allows us to know God's truth ( John 17:17 ).
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. By inspired we mean that the actual words and thoughts are from God. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God... knowing this first that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" ( 2 Tim. 3:16 ; 2 Pet. 1:20-21 ; see also Inspiration of the Scriptures). The Bible is our standard of authority, in which we are to strive to live according to "...the pattern of sound words..." contained therein ( 2 Tim. 1:13 ).
Salvation is available to those who submit to Jesus Christ. God does not show partiality, therefore all are given the same conditions of pardon ( Acts 10:34-35, 48 ). "But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved..." ( Acts 15:11 ). "And having been perfected He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him" ( Heb. 5:9 ). Salvation is the result of accessing the grace of God, the free gift of eternal life, by an obedient faith in Jesus Christ. (cf. Rom. 5:1-2 ; James 2:14-26). See God's Plan of Salvation (to the left).
Barnett, Joe R. (1984), Churches of Christ - Who Are These People? (Lubbock, TX: Pathway Publishing House) Saline Church of Christ.