The Necessity of Baptism for the Remission of Sins

We believe and teach that no accountable person who has not been scripturally baptized can, or will be saved  (Mark 16:16). Another way of saying this would be, “It is not possible to be saved without being scripturally baptized.” Sometimes it is good to define the terms used in a statement. Because of the gross misuse of many terms in the statement, it is certainly needed in this case. … [Read more...]

The Lord’s Supper Observance

We believe and teach that the Lord’s Supper may not be scripturally observed on any day other than the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). There are five acts of worship specified; by approved example, explicit statement and necessary inference; in the New Testament. They are: Singing (Heb. 2:12). Prayer (Acts 2:42). Teaching (Acts 2:42). Giving (1 Cor. 16:1, 2). The Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:42). Of these five acts of authorized worship, three of them are seen as part of the … [Read more...]

Mechanical Instruments In Worship

We believe that instrumental music in worship is sinful and unscriptural, and that one may be lost for so sinning. Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16, 17; Matt. 15:9; 1 Thess. 5:21 A Cappella singing is probably one of the most well known and distinctive marks of the New Testament church of Christ. Many times when we talk to people about the church they will respond, “Oh, yea. Y’all are the ones that don’t use instruments.” The reason it stands out to visitors and those familiar with the church is that … [Read more...]

The Holy Spirit Today

We believe that the Holy Spirit operates and influences us today exclusively through the word of God, and that He does not literally indwell the Christian.  However, this in no way limits God’s power in answering prayer (or otherwise, as revealed in His word as it applies to us today).  (Eph 6:13-18; 1 Cor 13:9-12; Mark 16:20) The Holy Spirit is a vital part of the Christians life. Christians are commanded to walk in the Spirit, be guided by the Spirit, bare the fruit of the Spirit, etc. The … [Read more...]

The Church and the Kingdom

We believe that the kingdom and the church are one and the same, and that the borders of the kingdom do not extend beyond the Church of Christ. (Mat 16:18-19; 1 Cor 15:24; Col 1:12-13). And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth … [Read more...]

Christians Only, And The Only Christians

Statement number two on the doctrinal statement for the Bawcomville Church of Christ states: We believe that all faithful Christians are in the Church of Christ, and that none are found in denominations.  (John 10:1-14; Acts 2:47). John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter openeth; and … [Read more...]

The Inspiration Of The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired word of God, and is the final authority in all spiritual matters (2 Tim. 3:16-17). All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). This statement affirms two biblical facts. One, that the Bible, all of it, is verbally, in its very words, inspired of God. … [Read more...]

The Glorified Christ

Here are the notes for lesson two of the Revelation class, "The Glorified Christ (Rev. 1:10-20)." … [Read more...]

The "Lost Gospel" Hype Update

On a recent visit to the Danville Public Library, I was confronted with something that I thought was "old news." Last year I wrote an article entitled "The Lost Gospel Hype" dealing with the media frenzy surrounding the so-called Gospel of Judas. At that time there were new books being released along with news coverage and a two hour documentary on, of all places, The National Geographic Channel. I had thought all this hype over an obviously fictional story surrounding Christ and Judas had … [Read more...]

The Author And Finisher Of Our Faith

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1, 2). We think of Jesus in many ways. Of course we think of Him primarily as … [Read more...]