We are not a denomination. We have no earthly headquarters and answer to no convention, council, college or regulatory body. Jesus Christ is our only head (Colossians 1:18). We have no creed or church manual. The Bible is our only guide (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). Individually, we just call ourselves “Christians,” according to the Biblical example in Acts 11:26. Collectively, we call ourselves the “church of Christ” because that, too, is Biblical terminology (Romans 16:16). Simply put, we are a congregation of Christians who are endeavoring to do all things according to the pattern of New Testament Christianity (2 Timothy 1:13).
We strive to teach “the whole counsel of God" (Acts 20:27). This includes our teaching about salvation. What a blessing it is to know that Jesus paid the price to save our souls (Hebrews 2:9; Romans 3:24)! The Bible teaches that salvation is a free gift of God that has been made possible by the death and resurrection of Christ (Romans 4:25; 6:23). Because salvation is by God’s grace, it is impossible for anyone to earn or merit his own salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). Indeed, it is “the grace of God that brings salvation” (Titus 2:11). Yet, as is true with any offer of a gift, the offer must be accepted. Just because the offer of salvation has been made does not insure that all people will enjoy the gift itself. As a matter of fact, most people will be tragically lost in eternity because they will have rejected God’s gracious offer (Matthew 7:13-14).
The acceptance of the offer is based on man’s faith. When a person trusts in Jesus Christ (John 8:24; 3:16), repents of his past sins (Acts 17:30; Luke 13:3), confesses his faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10) and allows himself to be immersed in water (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16), then, and only then, will the benefits of Christ’s death be applied to his spiritual account. His faith will have been proven to be alive and well (James 2:14-26). Any faith that will not obey all of the conditions God has placed upon the reception of the gift of salvation is described in the Bible as “dead” faith (James 2:26), and consequently will not save.