As the body of Christ, we recognize Christ as our head (Matthew 16:18, 28:18) by believing in His word as the only authority in religion (2 Timothy 3:16), by actively teaching the world about Christ and His kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16), by encouraging and supporting other Christians (Acts 4:32-35; 2 Corinthians 8 & 9 ), and by trying to provide for the spiritual needs of our fellow man (Galatians 6:10; Titus 2:1-15).
The Churches Of Christ follow the teachings set forth in the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Colossians 3:17; Ephesians 4:1-6; Hebrews 13:8). Many religious institutions create their own teachings, thereby making their church’s authority greater than the authority of God’s word (Galatians 1:6-10; Colossians 2:16-23).
Following the example of early Christians in the first century, we partake of the Lord’s Supper, or “communion”, (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-22; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29) as part of our weekly worship. The New Testament clearly indicates early Christians did so on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7) to obey the Lord’s will.
We maintain that the Bible can be understood by those who want and try to understand it (See Matthew 13:23; 15:10; Mark 7:14; Acts 17:11). We believe that its meaning can be agreed upon by those who honestly and sincerely desire the truth. Our emphasis on studying the Bible comes from simply realizing that God’s word, the Bible, was given to save us from sin (Acts 11:14; James 1:21; 1 Peter 2:22-25). If understanding God’s word and then obeying it can save a soul from sin, why wouldn’t everyone want to study it?