1. Faith: The Church of Christ has a complete and whole faith in one God. God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit are all one God, and are not created since God is eternal (Gen. 1:26, 3:22, Matt. 28:19, Luke 3:22, Acts 10:37-38, Rom. 8:9-11, 9:5). God is understood as the Head of Christ (1 Cor. 11:3). Christ is God in the bodily form (John 1:1, 14, Col. 2:9), and the Spirit is the Spirit of the whole of God (1 Cor. 2:10-11). The From the beginning, the Word was God, who came in the flesh being the Christ (Isa. 9:6, 48:16, John 1:1, 14, Phil. 2:5-8, Col. 1:15-20). The Church believes Jesus, who taught that God created the world in six literal days (Exo. 20:11, Mark 10:6-8). Jesus is the Christ, who was born of a virgin and was predicted to come centuries before His birth (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 48:16, 52:13-53:12, Psalm 22:1, 7-18). God sent Jesus being in His express image being tempted in all ways, He did not sin and yet died (Heb. 4:14-15, 1 Pet. 2:22, Phil. 2:5-11). Therefore, Jesus did not earn death or condemnation in Hell, and yet He destroyed the power of death by being raised from the dead (Heb. 2:14, Rom. 6:8-10). Jesus “came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). In the end, Christ will be the Judge, and He will judge the nations giving the righteous eternal life in His heavenly paradise and sentencing others to eternal punishment (Matt. 25:31-46, Rev. 20:11-15).
2. Love: Christ’s Church truly loves God and one another. Christ’s disciples are to be known by their love for one another (John 13:35, 14:21-24, 1 John 3:10, 16, 5:1-3). Their love for one another is included in their love for God in which their love for God is seen by their obedience in observing all that Christ has commanded (1 John 5:2-3, John 14:23, Matt. 28:20). The Church loves one another so much that they follow Jesus’ pattern and lay down their lives for one another for there is no greater love (1 John 3:16-17, John 15:13, Rom. 5:8). The Church practices true religion in the care of true widows and orphans (Jas. 1:27, 1 Tim. 5:3-10). They give freely without having to follow the obsolete command to tithe (2 Cor. 9:6-15, cf. Acts 2:44-45, 4:32-35). They love their neighbors as oneself, and do to others as each would have others do to them (Luke 6:31, 10:27). The Church of Christ is opposed to the murdering of the innocent and the cruel dismemberment of unborn babies (Prov. 6:17).
3. Truth: The Church in Christ believes that the words of Jesus Christ are infallible Truth (John 14:6, 17:17). The Church has no creed, but Christ and His words. Because Jesus is perfectly sinless, His words and those of the Holy Spirit are inerrant and perfect (John 6:63, 2 Cor. 5:21, Heb. 4:15, 1 Pet. 2:22). Jesus gave His words to His Apostles and prophets (John 15:20, 17:8, 1 Cor. 2:13, Gal. 1:11-12). The Christian scriptures consist of the New Testament having been written by Christ’s Apostles and prophets under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and these Scriptures were collected under the oversight of Christ’s Apostles (John 16:7-13, 1 Cor. 14:37, Eph. 3:3-5, 2 Pet. 1:16-21, 1 John 1:1-4). The Church of Christ knows that these Scriptures can make one complete and these holy writings are thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). The Church does not add or take away from God’s Word (Gal. 3:15, 2 John 9, Rev. 22:18-19). While Jesus’ words are spirit and life, the Law of Moses and the commandments written on stone brought death and are obsolete (2 Cor. 3:7, Heb. 8:13).
4. Grace: The Church of Jesus Christ is made of believers, who are saved by grace being raised with Christ after dying with Christ to one’s sins and being buried with Christ in baptism (Eph. 2:4-6, Col. 2:12-13, Rom. 6:3-6). There is one baptism, which is in Jesus’ name and is an immersion in water (Eph. 4:5, Acts 10:47-48). The one baptism is for those who believe, confess faith, and repent in dying to one’s sins (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Rom. 10:9-10). This baptism is for the forgiveness of sins to be saved, added to the Church, and born again through the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:38, 41, 47; 22:16; 1 Pet. 1:3, 3:21, John 3:5, Titus 3:5). Through baptism, one is born of the water and the Spirit, and being washed in Jesus’ name, a believer is sanctified and justified by the Spirit (1 Cor. 6:11). These who are saved must walk in the newness of life and continue in the faith (Rom. 6:4, Col. 1:22, Rev. 2:10). Those who love God are predestined and must make their election sure (Rom. 8:28-30, Eph. 1:3-6, 11-14; 2 Pet. 1:10).
5. Leadership: Christ’s Church maintains the name of Christ in identity, because Christ is the Head of the Church, which is His body (Rom. 12:4-5, Eph. 1:22-23, Col. 1:18). Being the Head, Christ built the Church and bought it with His blood (Matt. 16:18, Acts 20:28). The Church of Christ bears His name as His bride (Rom. 16:16, Acts 20:28, Rev. 21:9, cf. Eph. 5:22ff). Christ is the chief Pastor of His Church (1 Pet. 5:4). Jesus established congregations to be individually pastured by two or more elders in an eldership, who lead by example (Acts 14:23, 20:28, 1 Tim. 3:1-7, 4:14, Titus 1:6-9, 1 Pet. 5:1-4). There is no mention in the inerrant and complete Scriptures of archbishops, reverend fathers, presidents, senior pastors, popes, and the like, and these are excluded by not adding or taking from God’s Word. These elders must be married men, have faithful children, and meet other specific characteristics (1 Tim. 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9). With Christ being the Head, Jesus established the man to be the head of the wife, who is the body (1 Cor. 11:3, 8-9; Eph. 5:22-24). Women are instructed to subordinate to their believing husbands, who are to love their wives by nourishing and cherishing their wives giving their lives for them (Eph. 5:25, 28-29, 33; cf. John 15:13, 1 John 3:16). Women are not to teach or rule over men, because God gave men this leading role for God created man first (1 Tim. 2:11-12). Yet unlike men, women are the glory of man, who have a powerful influence (1 Cor. 11:7, cf. 1 Pet. 3:1-7). Men and women are both one in Christ and in eternal inheritance (Gal. 3:28).
6. Communion: The Church of Jesus Christ assembles every first day of the week to commune with Christ in the Lord’s Supper. The Church maintains the traditions of God just as these were delivered (1 Cor. 11:2). The congregation partakes of the Lord’s Supper being gathered together as the whole congregation in the Assembly (1 Cor. 10:16, 11:17-34, 14:23). The Assembly meets every first day of the week, which is the Lord’s Day (1 Cor. 11:20, 33; Acts 20:7, cf. 1 Cor. 16:1-2, Matt. 18:20, Rev. 1:10, 13, 20). Churches of Christ follows the example of Christ by blessing and breaking bread representing Christ’s sacrificial body, and next, they bless and partake of the cup of the fruit of the vine representing Jesus’ sacrificial blood (1 Cor. 10:16, 11:17-34, cf. Matt. 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:19-22).
7. Worship: The Church of Christ consists of true worshipers worshiping God in spirit and truth. These believers worship in spirit and truth both with their spirit and mind according to the Truth, the Word of God (John 4:23-24, 17:17 1 Cor. 14:15). True worshipers do not worship as David brought the physical worship into Jerusalem (John 4:21). Now, the Church is God’s temple in which His followers are priests who offer spiritual sacrifices to God, which are their praises, good works, and sharing (1 Pet. 2:5, Heb. 13:15-16). Christians do not forsake the Assembly, but seek to come together to worship, edify, and stir one another to love and good works (1 Cor. 14:26, Heb. 2:12, 10:24). All who speak, sing, and pray in the Assembly must do so by understandable and meaningful words rather than unintelligible sounds and soulless instruments (1 Cor. 14:7-19). The congregation sings among themselves with one voice in thanksgiving to God and teaching one another (Rom. 15:5-6, Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16). Christians are diligent not to worship for show or display of talents (Matt. 6:1-8, 23:4-6, Mark 12:38-40, Rom. 12:3-8).
8. Unity: The Church of Christ is united in one body without sects and denominations. Jesus said that He came to build His Church and not many different churches (Matt. 16:18). Christ said that there is “one flock and one shepherd” (John 10:16). Jesus bought His Church with His blood (Acts 20:28), and His Church is God’s special people, who are the saved (1 Pet. 2:5). No one has the right to alter Christ’s Church. The Church is a part of God’s eternal purpose, and it is the Kingdom and Nation of Christ on earth (Eph. 3:10-11, John 18:36, 1 Pet. 2:9, Col. 1:13, Heb. 12:28). Christ prayed that His believers be one (John 17:20-21). The Church can be united in the same mind and the same judgment without division (1 Cor. 1:10-13). Christ’s Church is opposed to denominations, because those who practice divisions and sects cannot inherit the kingdom of Heaven (Gal. 5:19-21). Therefore, the Church of Christ is diligent to avoid and withdraw from false teachers and those openly practicing sin (Acts 20:28-29, Rom. 16:17-18, 1 Cor. 5, 2 Thess. 3:6, 14; 2 Tim. 4:3-4, Titus 3:10).
9. Family: The Church of Jesus Christ maintains God’s institution of marriage, which is the basis of the family. According to the words of Jesus Christ, God established marriage to consist of one man and one woman from the beginning (Gen. 2:24, Matt. 19:4-6, Mark 10:6-9, 1 Cor. 7:2, Eph. 5:31). A husband and wife are to love respect one another (Eph. 5:28-33, Titus 2:3-5, 1 Pet. 3:7). Father and mother figures are essential roles for the basis of the home (Eph. 6:1-4). The home should be honored (Heb. 13:4). Therefore, all extra-marital sexual relations disregard God’s institution of marriage and are sexually immoral (Heb. 13:4). The Church of Christ recognizes that those who practice sexual immorality will not inherit the kingdom of God and will suffer the punishment of eternal fire (1 Cor. 6:9-10, Gal. 5:19-21, Eph. 5:5, Col. 3:5-6, Jude 1:7, Rev. 21:8). Jesus defined adultery to include divorcing and marrying another unless the other spouse is sexually unfaithful (Matt. 5:32, 19:6, 9, Mark 10:11-12, Luke 16:18). A Christian can only remarry when marrying another is not adulterous (Matt. 19:9, Mark 10:11-12, Rom. 7:3, 1 Cor. 7:39). The Church maintains that the separation of spouses is sometimes necessary for reasons other than fornication or adultery; however, those separated are commanded not to marry anyone else, and they can only return to each other and should return to one another (1 Cor. 7:2, 5, 10-15).
10. Message: Christ’s Church is diligent to proclaim the Gospel message and make disciples of all the nations. The command from Christ to His Apostles make disciples teaching them to observe all things that He had commended them included that very command to make disciples and to teach them all things (Matt. 28:20). This is the perpetual instruction to evangelize seen throughout the Scriptures. From Stephen and Philip to Priscilla and Aquila, Christians proclaimed the Gospel throughout the nations of the world (Acts 8:4). Christians are to confess Christ before men (Matt. 10:32-33). The Church does not proselyte through traditions and creeds, but evangelizes through the Gospel. Jesus’ Church recognizes Paul’s instruction to Timothy to teach others to teach others is perpetually for all faithful Christians (2 Tim. 2:2). Christ’s Church is obedient to Christ’s words, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Matt. 12:30, cf. 1 Cor. 3:6-8). God desires that everyone be saved (1 Tim. 2:4, 2 Pet. 3:9). Being compelled by Jesus’ love, the Church is committed to proclaiming the praises of God (1 Pet. 2:9, cf. 2 Cor. 5:14-21).