We Strive to be the Same Church Described in the New Testament
Our purpose is to follow the example of 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 God's word.
Jesus declared such individuals to be the seed of the kingdom (Luke 8:11). He demonstrated the known fact of nature that specific kinds of seed, when planted, will always produce after their kind. So 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 not Just Another Denomination
We are not a denomination, neither are we inter-denominational. On the contrary, it is our sincere desire to be non-denominational, to wear no other name than Christ's, and to be known simply 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, to identify ourselves as the saved people belonging to Christ (Ephesians 5:23).
Our Emphasis is Spiritual, not Material or Social
Our building is not a lavish multi-purpose facility. Instead, it is a building designed to provide us with a comfortable place to assemble for the specific purposes of worshipping God, studying His Word, and encouraging one another (Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:25).
While as individual Christians, we seek each others' association socially, the church is not a social club. The Lord's treasury is not used to promote social functions. Our aim is spiritual ( 1 Peter 2:5: Romans 12:1).
We Have no Human Leader
There is no man, or group of men, who legislate for the church. We have no one to answer to but Christ. He is the head of the church (Colossians 1:18), which leaves no room for a human leader. As was true in the first century, each congregation of the Lord's people is independent.
Congregations in different locations have Christ as their Lord and Master. According to the authority of Christ, when each congregation matures to the point where men meet the qualifications, overseers (also called bishops, elders, or pastors) are appointed to look after the spiritual welfare of the congregation.
Such men are appointed only when they meet God's qualifications in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. They then have the responsibility to feed the flock with the spiritual food found in the scriptures and be examples for others to see (1 Peter 5:1-3).
Our preachers are not "pastors" (unless they meet the qualifications and are appointed as elders) but simply teachers of the gospel.
The Bible is our Only Authority
We have no man-written creed books to follow. Instead, we are governed in faith and conduct by the Bible alone. Therefore, while recognizing the guiding principles of the Old Testament, we seek to conform to the authority and patterns of the New Testament (Hebrews 1:1-2; 1 Peter 4:11).
We accept the Bible as both verbally inspired and infallible in content (2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Corinthians 2:11-13). Consequently, when the Bible speaks upon any subject, its pronouncement is accepted as final. No one may alter a single word of it (Deuteronomy 4:2: Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19).