Our source of authority is that which is found only in the inspired Scriptures. Therefore, we seek to be governed in all that we do by God's Word. Since the Scriptures are sufficient for our every need (2 Tim. 3:16-17), we do not ask that anyone accept any creed book or church manual written by men.
It is our responsibility as Christians to preach the saving message of Jesus Christ to the lost of the world (Matt. 28:18-20; Mar. 16:15-16). The Lord adds the saved to the church (Act. 2:47). In order to be saved, one must believe on Christ (Mar. 16:16; Rom. 10:9-20), repent of his sins (Luk. 24:46-47; Act. 2:38; 2 Cor. 7:10), confess Jesus as Lord (Act. 8:37; Rom. 10:9-10), and be immersed in water for the remission of his sins (Mar. 16:16; Joh. 3:5; Act. 2:38, 8:35-39, 22:16; 1 Pet. 3:21). Baptism puts us into Christ where salvation is (Rom. 6:3-5; Gal. 3:27; Col. 2:12; 1 Tim. 2:10) and into the one body of Christ and His church of which He is Savior ( Eph. 1:22-23, 4:4, 5:23; 1 Cor. 12:13).
The religious world of our day is divided into various denominations. Each of these wears a denominational name that serves to further divide believers. We believe that this division is contrary to the Scriptures (Joh. 17:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:10, 3:3-4; Eph. 4:3-6). Therefore, we have no denominational organization, name, doctrine, or creed. We are known simply as Christians (Act. 11:26; 1 Pet. 4:16). As a congregation, we are a church of Christ (Rom. 16:16).
The word "church" means the "called out ones." The church is composed of those who have been "called out" of this world by the gospel unto Christ (2 The. 2:14). The gospel tells of sin and of its wages of eternal death (Rom. 6:23). It tells of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-4). It urges all to receive forgiveness of sins. When one obeys the gospel and heeds its call, he is then "called out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Pet. 2:9). So, the church is made up of those who have obeyed the gospel and have been "called out" of sin unto salvation.
Jesus Himself is the only recognized head of the church, who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22-23). The New Testament pattern is for the congregation to be overseen by qualified elders and served by qualified deacons (Act. 20:28; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4). Every member is considered a necessary and important part of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:12-27).
The church is the saved (Eph. 5:23), not the Savior; Jesus is. However, the church is the body of Christ. All who believe and are baptized are saved (Mar. 16:16); that is, they are "added to the church" by the Lord (Act. 2:38, 41, 47).