We’re Simply Christians
It’s our sincere desire to be non-denominational, to simply be known as Christians, members of the body of Christ (Acts 11:26; Ephesians 1:22-23). Collectively, we refer to ourselves as the church of Christ, the Lord’s church, or the church of God (Ephesians 5:23). The church of the first century did not divide into denominations, neither should Christians today.
We Follow the New Testament
The New Testament Church is possible today for all who hear, believe, and are guided by the plain teaching of God’s word. In Luke 8:11, Jesus declares, “the seed is the word of God.” He was emphasizing a known fact: A seed, when planted in good soil, will produce after its own kind. The Word of God is the seed that produces Christians. The Word of God, when planted in the hearts of honest people, and obeyed, will produce Christians today, just as it did in the first century, nothing more and nothing less.
The Bible alone is sufficient for all matters of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible provides a pattern for the organization, mission, and conduct of the church. When the Bible speaks upon any given subject, its pronouncement is final. By its own testimony, no one may alter a single word of it (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs. 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19). The Bible is both verbally inspired and infallible in content (2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Corinthians 2:11-13).
Our Emphasis Is Spiritual
We assemble for the specific purposes of worshiping God, studying His word, and exhorting each other (Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:22-25). The primary mission of the church is to teach the gospel to the lost and dying world (Matthew 28:19-20). The church was never meant to be a “front” for a social club.
We Aren’t Governed By Man
Christ is the head of the church and the Bible is the standard by which the church is governed (Colossians 1:18). This leaves no room for institutional church governments so common in religious bodies today. The first century churches were independent, autonomous congregations with Christ as Lord and Master, not denominations. Like the first century Christians, we seek to be Christians without these denominational organizations.