Who We Are & How We Operate
It’s Not New – But It Might Seem Different
Christianity follows the teachings of Jesus Christ, found in the Bible (“God’s Word”). The Bible calls Jesus “the Word”. The Bible is synonymous with Jesus Christ – God’s revelation to mankind.
A Christian is one who believes that Jesus Christ:
- Is the anointed of God – the Son of God, and God the Son;
- Came to earth in human form and lived a sinless life;
- Was crucified as a once-for-all sacrifice for the sins of mankind;
- Rose from the dead;
- Has the power to save eternally all who place their trust in his sacrifice, forsaking any other way.
In the Old Testament, God spoke through the prophets. In the New Testament times and today, God speaks through his son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Word of God. The Word of God is the Bible.
Christians have free conscience as to which Bible(s) they possess. However, great care must be taken when teaching and preaching, as different Bible versions do not agree on Christianity’s key doctrines. For the sake of soundness, teaching and preaching should only be done from trustworthy texts with no copyright restrictions associated with them.
Jesus Christ is the church’s head. The church’s body is made up of all Christians, referred to in Scripture as “members of his (Christ’s) body”.
When Christians within the same geographical area congregate together, this constitutes an assembly, or “the local church”.
Bishops, or elders, (commonly called “pastors” today) faithfully teach the Word of God to and pray for the church body. A church has multiple elders, who collaboratively guide the local assembly. Elders are approved by other elders.
Deacons administer the physical needs of the assembly. They are chosen by members and approved by elders.
Approval of elders and deacons is subject to the criteria established in the New Testament.
Church Organization & Finances
The Church is separate and distinct from a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, a legal artificial entity known in law as a “church”. Constitutions of church corporations are legal, not spiritual documents.
The Church is not a storehouse, but a clearinghouse for benevolence. Land, buildings, property and accumulated finances are outside the purview of the Church.
Meeting places for the church may vary. When an assembly becomes too large for available accommodations, the group should divide, provided there is sufficient leadership for each group.
A person becomes a member of the body of Christ by virtue of trusting Christ as Savior and making a subsequent public profession of such via baptism. A Christian is a member of the Church whether or not they are a member of a non-profit organization.
The Church meets on Sunday in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The purpose of meeting is for Biblical instruction, mutual fellowship, encouragement, exhortation and prayer.
Music is personal. Every Christian will not enjoy every song that is played or sung in an assembly. Therefore, much thought and great care must be taken to ensure that music unites by pointing the body to Jesus Christ. The demarcation of music in the church is not between ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary’, but between ‘good’ (God-honoring) music and ‘bad’ (ungodly) music.
Music in the church is not used for ‘worship’, or to stir crowds into a frenzy or altered states of consciousness. Music must not be vainly repetitive or self-serving. Music must complement the events in a church meeting. All music should be performed decently and in order.