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Beliefs

1. There is only One God, Jehovah (YAHWEH), Creator, Savior, and Judge of all, manifested in God the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.  God is (a) spirit and He is Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent, Infallible, Just, True, Holy, Merciful, Understanding, Patient, capable of wrath, Creator of the universe, of love, faith, hope, morals, ethics, authority, and all virtues, or good qualities in existence today.

Genesis 1:1-31; Exodus 3:13-15; Deuteronomy 6:4; Acts 14:15-17; 17: 22-32; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 13:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:28; 1 John 4:8; Revelation 1:4; 4:8-11

2. Jesus is the Son of God in the Flesh (He is divine).  He is the Savior of the world.  His sinless nature and perfect blood is able to purchase, redeem, forgive humans their sins, and give them a chance to go to heaven.  All this is based upon humans accepting and maintaining the New Covenant in Jesus Christ.  Jesus is reigning in heaven right now and on earth, and mainly in His church which does His will.  Jesus is the husband of the Bride/Church, and He will come back again for her, and at the same time to judge a disobedient earth. 

Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7; Daniel 7:9-10; Matthew 1:1, 20-25; 3:16-17; 4:3; 8:28; 17:5; Mark 1:24; 14:61-62; Luke 1:31-35; John 1:1-18; 6:53; Acts 5:31; 20:28; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-20; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:1-14; 1 Peter 1:17-21; 2 Peter 1:2-11;1 John 1-2 Revelation 1:5-7; 5:1-14

3. The Holy Spirit is God, and also through Him, the Church of Christ began in the first century.  The Holy Spirit is the personal gift of God for everyone who obeys and wants to be God's children.  The Holy Spirit is the guarantee/seal for the Christian and without Him literally dwelling in one's heart, and guiding the Christian together with the Sword of the Spirit (God's Word), one cannot know and do God's will and be saved.  There is no spiritual adoption, life and salvation without the Holy Spirit inside the believer at baptism and a continuous walk guided by Him and His word till death.   The Holy Spirit is also a Divine Person (God) and not an "it", or "force", or lesser being in the Godhead.

Genesis 1:1-2; Isaiah 11:2; Matthew 12:31; 28:19; John 4:24; Acts 5:4, 9; 13:2, 4; Hebrews 2:4; 6:4; 10:29;  Revelation 1:4

4. The Bible is God's Word , inerrant, inspired (God-breathed) , and the only will of God for mankind today. No other books, or literature, or "hidden codes", or "another testament of Jesus Christ", or the like, have been given or authorized by God Himself since the canon of Scripture which ends with the Book of Revelation was given to the Church once and for all (e.g. Jude 3).  In order to get to know God and His will, the only correct spiritual and truthful way is found in the Inspired Scriptures. The Old Testament was given to the Jews, and its purpose was to show who Jehovah God is, how sinful we all humans are (therefore, humans cannot save themselves), for Christians to not make the same mistakes of the past, for everyone to know there is hope with God, and the fact that Jesus is the One who would come as God in the flesh to save all those who obey Him.  The Old Covenant was temporary till Jesus would come (Galatians 3:24-25).  The New Covenant is the only Pact, Contract or Testament in effect to become Christians today.  It perfectly shows a pattern of teachings for the New Testament Church in the world.  Both the Old and New Covenants are included in the Bible, but Christians must live under the New Covenant ONLY in order to continue to have eternal life since Jehovah God placed everything into the hands of Jesus for salvation, judgment and anything in between.  As Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews explain, mixing the requirements of the Old and New Covenants is futile and displeasing to Jehovah God, but that's exactly what most religious "Christian" entities practice today.  

Psalm 119; Matthew 15:1-14; John 6:63; John 12:47-50; Acts 15:1-35; Acts 20:32; Romans 10:1-4; 2 Corinthians 3:2-11; Galatians 3:23-24; Ephesians 6:17; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:7-13

5. Men are sinful and in need of a Savior (See the "Salvation" tab/section, please).

6.  Jesus is the only Savior of the whole world (See the "Salvation" tab/section, please).

7. Jesus will come again to save His people and punish the whole world.  He is not coming to set a physical kingdom on the earth since in the church we are a part of that kingdom.  Jesus is already reigning in heaven as a King. When Jesus comes back again to destroy the world and start the biblically promised heavenly eternity, then, Jesus goes back to the Father and the Father will be all in all.  Regarding "future" events, as in the book of Revelation, it is not to be taken 100% literally since it is highly symbolic book and its main theme is the destruction of the Roman Empire.   it is widely and erroneously accepted today  in false and popular religions, but when Jesus comes back for the second time, judgment for the whole earth begins once and for all and everyone must go through it for punishment or reward.

Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 26:64; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 19:11-27; Romans 14:9; Ephesians 1:20-22; Philippians 2:9-11; Colossians 1:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:5; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; 2:1-12; Hebrews 12:25-29; 1 Peter 3:21-22; 2 Peter 3:3-16 ; Jude; Revelation 1:5-6; Revelation 17:14; Revelation 21-22

8.  The New Testament shows and explains how to be saved in Christ, the steps of conversion, the pattern of New Covenant worship, our manner of behavior or lifestyle as Christians, and anything a person needs to know in order to be born again and remain saved in these "last days" which we are living now in the covenant of grace and liberty in Christ.

Acts 2:17; Romans 5-8; Romans 6:17; Romans 10:1-4; Romans 13:11; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 2 Corinthians 3:5-6; Galatians 1:6-10; Galatians 3-5; 1 Timothy 1:3; 2 Timothy 1:13; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 3:1; Hebrews 1-10; Hebrews 10:25; 2 Peter 3:3

9. Salvation can be lost (the saved can fall from grace), since Salvation is conditional upon a consistent faith in Jesus (a biblical faith is always an obedient faith under God's own terms, not men's).

Matthew 7:13-23; Luke 6:46; Luke 12:8-9; Luke 15:11-13; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 1 Corinthians 10:5-12; Galatians 5; Hebrews 6:1-8; Hebrews 10:26-31; Hebrews 12:14-17; James 2; 2 Peter 2:20-22; 2 Peter 3:17; 1 John 5:16-17; Jude 1:22-23; Revelation 2-3

10. There is only one religion, one church, one doctrine, or one mindset we must pursue when it comes to religion.  God is not the creator of religious division and He is not pleased with it.  There are NOT many "churches of Christ", or "flavors", or "kinds", but only one church or body of Christ.  Also, the God of the Bible, Jehovah God, is not the same "god" but with a "different name " in false world religions.  The God of the Bible is not the same as religious sects and denominations today claim.  Ecumenism is from the Devil, as it has always been from ancient times but with a different disguise.  God is a Jealous God: Exodus 20:1-7. Today we can all enjoy having One doctrine or Teaching to guide us as it was in the first century, and as it was meant to be to please Jehovah God through Jesus Christ.

The Old Testament clearly teaches Jehovah God was not pleased with Israel's double-life when it came to religion.  Either we serve the One True God, or we serve ourselves and Satan. Either we follow Jehovah's true religion or our own man made or Satan's influenced: Matthew 15:1-14; John 4:21-26; John 17:19-21;  1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 1 Corinthians 4:6, 17; 1 Corinthians 14:33, 2 Corinthians 11:1-15; Galatians 1:6-10; Ephesians 4:1-6; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 John 4:1; 2 John 1:6-11

11. Faith working through love is what counts today and has always pleased God even from Old Testament times.

Habakuk 2:4; Romans 1:16-17; Galatians 3:11, 22; Galatians 5:6; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 10:36-39

12. Knowledge and love for the truth also count.

Matthew 22:16; John 1:17; John 4:23-24;  John 5:39; John 6:63; John 8:31-32; 42-48; John 14:6, 17; John 16:13; John 17:17, 19; Romans 10:1-4; 1 Corinthians 8:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12

13. Spirituality is of upmost importance (holiness-sanctification).  Religious hypocrisy is sinful.

Matthew 5:20; Matthew 12:33-37; Luke 12:1; James 1:27; James 3:13-18; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Thesalonians 4:7; 2 Thesalonians 2:13; Hebrews 12:10, 14

14. There is a standard of truth, and truth is not relative, or subject to human emotions, times, events, geography, etc.  God sets the standard and no human is allowed to lower it or change it without paying the consequences.

Genesis 3:1-24; John 3:16-21; John 4:21-26; John 8:12-59; John 12:44-50; John 14:6; John 17:3; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12; 1 Timothy 2:1-7;  Revelation 12:9

15. God is just and He will reward people who make the effort to please Him.

Several of the Parables of the Lord Jesus reflect this; Romans 2:1-16; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; Hebrews 11:1-6; Revelation 2-3

16. There is a literal heaven and there is a literal hell.  People choose where to go with their lifestyles and choices, and destiny is set at death.  God does not desire the death of unrighteous people, so He provides opportunities for salvation.

Exodus 32:32-33; Revelation 3:5; Isaiah 66:24; Mark 9:43-49; Ezekiel 18:23, 32; Daniel 12:2-3; John 3:16-21; John 5:25-29; Matthew 25:41; Matthew 8:29; Luke 16:19-31; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; James 2:14-26; 2 Peter 3:3-13; Revelation 20:11-15

17.  There are Matters of Opinion and Matters of Faith (teaching or doctrine).  In matters of opinion we have freedom to believe in our own without judging others.  In matters of faith found in God's Word (Essentials or Fundamental Teachings) there is no human opinion, but God's that matters.  In all things, we must have respect, and an open mind to research and if we find we are wrong, humbly admit it and change.  There is always a weaker or stronger person in the faith.  We must all agree to please God above anything else, and then, help and love each other to find the truth to practice it to please God.

Matthew 15:1-14; Acts 15:28; Romans 14; 1 Corinthians 10; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Galatians 6:1-10; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; James 1-5

18. We believe in the whole Bible with both the New and Old Testaments.  We study the Bible by looking at its spiritual principles found all over its pages.  We are careful to NOT ADD or TAKE AWAY from God's Inspired Word.  We pay special attention to this general order in the Scriptures: Commandments, Examples, Inferences, and the Silence of Scripture.  We value the Old Testament, but we understand the New Covenant is what Jesus left us to follow today till He comes back to take His church home in heaven.  The Old Testament had a specific purpose with the Jews to lead them to Christ; the New Testament includes and welcomes every nation, and it does not exclude anyone regardless of race, language, geographical area, etc.

Deuteronomy 12:32; Deuteronomy 29:29; Psalms 30:6; Psalm 119:160; Matthew 5:17-19; John 4:19-26; John 5:39; John 12:44-50; Romans 3:1-4; 1 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 3:1-5;  1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 John 1:1-4; Jude 1:3; Revelation 22:18-19

19. In the New Testament pattern, we find that the leaders of each autonomous church are the elders (2 or more, married with believing 'baptized' grown children).  The New Testament elders are also shephers, or pastors, or bishops, or episcopos, or presbyters.  It's the same person, but with different offices or roles as the common Greek language implies, just as Jesus is our Eldest Brother, and High Priest, and Savior, and God, and Redeemer, and Advocate, and Eternal Father, Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Prince of Peace, King of Kings, etc. but Jesus is One and the same Person. Then, we find evangelists, or preachers, deacons, Bible teachers, etc.  We do not find in the New Testament councils, synods, creeds, archbishops, popes, living apostles, women pastors or preachers or elders, or hierarchies, reverends, and such, as in many false religious organizations of our confused days.  We do not even find "clergy" and "laity" members or leadership wich is also a distortion of biblical teachings.  Our only Leader, Jesus, lives in heaven and makes a dwelling in each baptized faithful believer at water immersion (baptism), and our only God given Guide is the Bible, specifically, through the only approved Covenant in our times, the New Covenant or Testament, signed with blood by Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Himself.

Acts 6:1-6; Acts 14:23; Acts 15:6; Acts 20:17; Romans 16:1; 1 Corinthians 14:34; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 1 Timothy 5:17; Titus 1:5-9; James 5:14;

20. We celebrate and remember Christ in our personal lives 7 days a week (Romans 12:1-2), but meet to commemorate the Lord's Supper as a church (assembly of people), as it shows in the Gospels and specifically in Acts 20 and 1 Corinthians 11, the first day of every week, Sunday.  Sunday is not a "Christian sabbath", but once again, it can be seen in the Book of Acts, that the true First century  Apostles understood it was the First Day of the week when the Lord Jesus Christ resurrected.  There a false religion which teaches Sunday is a pagan day and those who celebrate Christ on that day have the mark of the beast.  There are others who believe Sunday worship was instituted by a false Roman religion which officially began 200 years after the First Century Christ instituted religion, Christianity, came into being.  We follow the New Testament pattern simply because Jesus resurrected on the first day of the week.  Therefore, we must not follow ancient Jewish laws like many false religions do today due to ignorance.  Christians are not to follow Old Abolished Jewish Laws since salvation can be lost (Please, read Romans, Galatians and Hebrews to understand that topic). 

Matthew 28:1-10; John 20:1, 19; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Perhaps, Revelation 1:10

21. The "church" is not a building.  We meet as a, or better yet, the "church" (assembly of people) to learn to love and do good deeds (Hebrews 10:23-25).  We also meet on any other days, like the First century church, for certain activities, classes, or community work.  Since Christ is in each worshipper and faithful member's heart and body (temple), we understand the building where we meet is not a "church", but a physical building only.  The true sanctuary or temple of God is the body of the believer in Christ, and with or without it, we can still enjoy worshipping God.

John 4:19-26; Romans 8:1-17; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 2:19-22;  2 Timothy 1:14; 1 John 4:13

22. We believe in the literal physical and spiritual indwelling of the Holy Spirit at baptism for the forgiveness of sins instituted by Christ.  There are false religions (many of the "churches of Christ") which use Christ's name in their church buildings, but teach the Holy Spirit indwells in a baptized believer only "by the Word", and do not believe in the literal biblical indwelling of the Holy Spirit which happens at water immersion or baptism.  Also, there are other false religions which teach the Holy Spirit today makes them speak in "tongues" (which were true world languages in the first century).  Many of these false churches proclaim to do the exact miracles, prophesying, and other things, just like some people did in the first century church (1 Corinthians 12:28-31; 1 Corinthians 13:9-10).  Neither of those extremes when carefully compared to the New Testament Words pass the test of God.  Therefore, we must teach how, when, and why the Holy Spirit becomes the garantee of the Christian and how one must be influenced by Him and His Word.  Being devoid of the Holy Spirit, even though someone may still believe he or she is guided by Him or believe in Him, is a very strong possibility, too (Jude 1:19).  Having the Holy Spirit is not a matter of "feeling Him", but a matter of a proper rational faith in understanding the Scriptures and what they say about Him, how He indwells us, and for what purpose.  Our conduct ultimately also gives away if people are indwelled by the Holy Spirit or not (Galatians 5:16-26).

Ezekiel 36:26-27; Matthew 3:11, 16; Matthew 4:1; Matthew 12:28; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 1:15; John 1:12-13; John 10:41; John 14:17; John 7:39; John 20:22; Mark 9:1; Acts 2:1-11, 32-41; Romans 5:5; Romans 6:1-5; Romans 8; Romans 4:11; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 6:19;  Ephesians 4:1-16; Galatians 3:2, 14, 26-27; Galatians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; Titus 3:5 

23. We believe in the sainthood and priesthood of each baptized believer in Christ.  Saints are not dead people whom we must pray to, and priests are not only a special kind of unmarried men who do special service to God.  As a matter of fact, saints in the New Testament were alive, and priests even in the Old Testament were allowed to get married.  The idea of saints and priests does come from the Old Testament, but was drastically changed by Jehovah God when Jesus came to earth and was solidified for the church to do God's will in a more effective way than what used to be under the Old Covenant for the Jews.  Today Christians are saints and priests since being "separate" (holy/saint) and offering spiritual sacrifices (ministering/serving) are two of the duties of every child of God (a water immersed believer or true faithful Christian).

Matthew 4:8-10; Hebrews 10:5-7; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 15:16; Phillipians 2:17; Phillipians 4:18; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Romans 12:1-2;  Hebrews 13:15-16; 1 Peter 2:4-10 (Isaiah 61:6); Revelation 1:4-7 (For false priests of today's false denominations or religions, and false rules imposed on people regarding "special foods for special days", read 1 Timothy 4:1-5; Colossians 2:16-23; Romans 14; Acts 11:8-9; Matthew 15:15-18).

24. Lifestyles that God is displeased with, even though in some cases, countries enact laws to protect them, will be all judged by Jesus (and those who approve of ungodly lifestyles, in a harsher way, e.g. Romans 1:18-32).  Lifestyles such as, adultery, fornication, pedophilia, homosexuality, lesbianism, pornography, poligamy, drunkeness, drug abuse, smoking, abuse of the body and others, slavery, prostitution, gambling, gluttony, covetousness, theft, false religiosity (religious hypocrisy), etc, can be reversed with God's help and human intervention, if the individual desires.  It's clear from God's Word which human practices are abominations to Jehovah God and which are pleasing to Him for us to practice, so there is no excuse.  People today mock the Second coming of Christ and even the simple and obvious fact that God exists.  At the appointed Judgment Day it won't matter: God's Word will judge us all.

Matthew 5:20; Luke 12:1; Romans 12:9; 1 Corinthians 6:8-11; Galatians 5; Ephesians 4:17-32; Ephesians 5-6; Colossians 3;  1 Timothy 1:5-11; 2 Timothy 3; James; 2 Peter 3:1-18 (Most of the New Testament was written to instruct the church of Christ on how to conduct herself in this world to please the Lord Jesus; therefore, in reading and understanding the New Testament we can learn how to please God till Jesus comes back again).

 

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