It is not our purpose on this page to create a creed. Yet, unfortunately, to simply state, “We believe the Bible,” though certainly true, would not be helpful in identifying what distinguishes Graeber Road from other churches. It is tragic that division exists over church doctrines, despite the prayer of Jesus (John 17:20-21) and the admonition of Paul (1 Corinthians 1:10). It is equally tragic that just because the words “Church of Christ” are associated with a particular congregation does not mean that said congregation holds fast to the truth. With that in mind, we want to let you know what we believe the Bible teaches on a few important matters.
We believe that there is one God, manifested in three distinct but equal personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
ABOUT THE BIBLE
We believe that the Bible is verbally inspired of God in its totality (2 Timothy 3:16) and that it is the only divinely inspired verbal communication of God to man.
We believe that the Old Testament remains profitable for our learning (Romans 15:4) and is applicable by way of general principle or example (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11), but the specific law to which we are accountable today, and by which we will be judged, is the New Testament (Heb. 8:6-7; 10:9-10; John 12:48).
We believe that salvation is by God’s grace (Eph. 2:8-9) and cannot be earned or merited by man (Titus 3:5).
We believe that Jesus paid the penalty for the sins of the world in his death (Hebrews 2:9) and resurrection (Romans 4:25). Therefore, salvation is found only in Christ (Acts 4:12).
We believe that for one to accept God’s free offer of salvation in Christ, one must learn the good news about Jesus (Rom. 10:14; John 6:45; Acts 16:32), believe that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24), repent of past sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30), confess one’s faith in Jesus (Matt. 10:32-33; Rom. 10:10), and be immersed in water so that the blood of Jesus can wash away those sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rev. 1:5).
We believe that a Christian must continue to walk in the light in order to maintain fellowship with God and with other faithful Christians (1 John 1:7).
ABOUT THE CHURCH
We believe that Jesus built one church (Matthew 16:18) and that it was established in Jerusalem on the first Pentecost Day following His resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:1-47).
We believe that the church is singular in nature, not denominational (Ephesians 4:4; 1:22-23). It has no earthly headquarters and answers to no convention, council, synod, college, or regulatory body. Each congregation is autonomous (i.e., self-governing).
We believe that worship assemblies of the church should be conducted in an orderly and reverent manner (1 Corinthians 14:40).
We believe that the music God desires in worship is to be unaccompanied by man-made instruments, but should be exclusively vocal (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). This is in harmony with apostolic teaching and with the practice of the church at its beginning.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper should be taken every first day of the week and only on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
We believe that men and women are equally valuable to God (Galatians 3:27-28) and that all Christians – regardless of gender – have roles to fulfill in the church (Titus 2:1-8). With respect to leadership roles in the work and worship of the church, we believe God desires for men to fulfill those roles (1 Timothy 2:12-14; 1 Corinthians 14:34).