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  • The Salisbury Church of Christ is a New Testament Church that originated almost 2000 years ago on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts, Chapter 2.
     

  • The Church of Christ today is trying to be nothing more or less than the Lord's church that one reads about in the New Testament.
     

  • The Church of Christ is not a denomination – we are simply Christians, members of the one church Jesus established and for which He died.
     

  • We wear only the name Christian because that is the name the Lord's people wore as recorded in Scripture.
     

  • The name Church of Christ is not used as a denominational designation, but rather as a descriptive term indicating that the church belongs to Christ (Eph. 5:23).
     

  • We who are members of the Church of Christ have no creed, manual, or church rules other than the Bible, which we believe is inspired of God. The Bible alone is our guide. Thus, we speak only as oracles, or words of God (1 Pet. 4:11).
     

  • The Church of Christ believes that teaching the Bible without modification is the only way to lead men and women to become Christians. This means teaching things concerning Jesus, His church, and what to do to be added to His church (Acts 8:12, 2:47).
     

  • The Church of Christ believes nothing should be required of people as acts of obedience to God unless it is evident in Scripture (Heb. 5:9).
     

  • In New Testament times, those who heard and believed the Gospel of Christ (Jn. 6:45, 8:24, Mk. 16:16), repented of their sins (Lk. 13:3, Acts 17:30), confessed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Acts 8:37, Ro. 10:10), and were baptized (immersed) in water for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16) and were added by the Lord to His church (Acts 2:37-47). We believe the same holds true today.
     

  • Churches of Christ are not governed like many religious organizations today. We have no governing boards, or national or international headquarters. Each congregation is independent and autonomous (self-ruled) of every other congregation.
     

  • The only tie which binds the many congregations together is a common allegiance to Christ and the Bible. Each congregation is governed locally by a plurality of elders or committees selected from among the members.
     

  • When elders are selected, they are men who meet the specific qualifications listed in 1 Tim. 3 and Titus 1.
     

  • The Salisbury congregation does not presently have a plurality of Scripturally qualified men to serve as elders and has appointed committees to oversee various tasks and areas until elders are appointed to serve.
     

  • The Church of Christ believes we must have Bible authority for all we do in worship to God (Col. 3:17). Therefore, we must not include anything in worship not found in God's Word.
     

  • There are five acts of worship mentioned in the New Testament which the first-century church observed.
     

    • Singing

    • Praying

    • Preaching

    • Eating the Lord's Supper

    • Giving as prospered.
       

  • In the Church of Christ, we sing without the use of mechanical instruments of music. Congregational acappella singing is the only music we use in our worship to God. The New Testament gives us no authority for using mechanical instruments of music.
     

  • We speak only the Words of God (1 Pet. 4:11)
     

  • The New Testament instruction and example leaves instrumental music out of worship. We believe that we should leave it out also.
     

  • The Church of Christ also differs from several other groups in that we observe the Lord's Supper on the first day of evey week. We do this because it follows the Biblical pattern (Acts 20:7).
     

  • The Salisbury Church of Christ encourages men and women to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling, and to walk according to Scripture.
     

  • Eternity is forever. Why gamble with your place for eternity?
     

  • To us, it makes good sense to stay on the safe, time proven path and not gamble with modern day embellishments in our worship to God.
     

  • The Bible states that we serve an unchanging God. If we maintain the same methods that Christians practiced in the early church, an unchanging God should also be pleased with our worship and service.
     

  • If you have any questions about spiritual concerns or Bible-related matters, please feel free to call on us or you may post a question to our discussion area. We would love to study God's word with YOU!

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