Our Beliefs

What We Believe And

Why We Believe It

 

Below are listed some of the core beliefs we hold to at Florence church of Christ.  There are verses of scripture cited to show that we try to give a biblical reason for everything which we believe, teach and follow.

 

THE BIBLE.  We believe the Bible is the divinely inspired and inerrant word of God that furnishes us completely unto all truth on every spiritual subject. (2 Tim.3:16,17).  Originating with God and inspired of the Holy Spirit (2 Pet.1:20f; Acts 1:16; 1 Cor. 2:9-16) we do not believe there were any mistakes made as it came from God.

 

AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE.  We believe Jesus has all authority (Mt.28:18) but He sent the Holy Spirit to guide the apostles into all truth (Jn.16:13).  Since the apostles and other inspired men wrote the Bible, the only way we can follow Jesus and recognize His authority is to have New Testament authority for all we do. (Col.3:16; 2 Jn. 9).

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT.  We believe the Old Testament is just as inspired of God (Neh. 9:30) as the New Testament, yet the New Testament is the law of God for all men today. (Matt. 5:17; Heb. 9:15-17; Col.3:17).  There is much we can learn from studying the Old Testament (Rom.15:4) as to our attitude and respect for God and our confidence in Deity.

 

HOW TO ESTABLISH BIBLE AUTHORITY.  Since the Bible is our authority for all we do in word and deed (Col. 3:17), we must know how to use it in order to know what to practice.  In studying the Bible, there are PRECEPTS (Commands and positive statements) such as Mk.16:16; Acts 2:38; 10:48, APPROVED EXAMPLES such as Acts 20:7 showing how often the early church took the Lord's supper, and INFERENCES which are inescapable conclusions which can be drawn from Scriptures.  For example, when Jesus said GO (Mk. 16:15), there have to be methods of locomotion.  One might use a horse, car, train, boat, or just walk.  All are authorized in the command to GO.

 

THE GOSPEL PLAN OF SALVATION.  The Bible teaches we are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8).  Grace is what God did in providing us a plan.  Faith is what causes us to obey the plan.  The Bible teaches there are five things one must do to become a Christian.

 

(1) One must hear the Word of God.  Hearing is overcoming disinterest.  Many today are so disinterested they will not hear.  Hearing is a must because that is the way one gets faith. (Rom.10:17)

 

(2) One must believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. (Acts 2:37; Jn.8:24)  Believing is more than just knowing there was a historical man named Jesus who walked upon the earth.  One must believe who he is (Jn. 3:16) and that he was raised from the dead. (1 Cor.15:14)

 

(3) One must repent of his sins. (Acts 17:30; 2:38) Repentance is overcoming self. "Repent:" means "to change one's mind."  One must change his mind about sin and determine to try to live above sin.  This is the only hard step in becoming a Christian but how hard it is to really change your mind and submit to Jesus as Lord in all things.  This means your will believe and do whatever the Bible requires without regard for consequences.  Early Christians often gave their lives for the cause.  We need to be of the same disposition today.  If we are, then Christ will come first in all things. (Mt.6:33)

 

(4) One must confess his faith in Jesus as the Son of God (Acts 8:37).  Confession may be making your faith publicly (1Tim.6:12).Think of it as pledging your allegiance to Christ.

 

(5) One must be baptized into Christ (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3) and for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16) in the name of Christ.  Baptism changes our relationship with Christ.  Before baptism, one is on the outside, after baptism, one is on the inside where all the blessings of a spiritual nature are (Eph. 1:3).

 

AFTER BAPTISM.  The spiritual life is just starting.  One must be so faithful that even if threatened by death, he would remain faithful. (Rev. 2:10)  ne must be steadfast (1 Cor.15:58) and grow on the Word unto eternal salvation. (1 Pet. 2:2)  Perhaps we need to think more in terms of growing to heaven than just going to heaven.

 

WORSHIP.  We must worship in spirit and in truth (Jn.4:24).  In the assembly there are five acts of worship:

(1) The Lord's Supper  It is to be taken every Sunday (Acts 20:7) by disciples of the Lord.  We must take it worthily (1 Cor. 11:27) or we eat and drink condemnation to ourselves (1 Cor. 11:30). 

 

(2) Give  This is the church's way of raising funds to carry on its work (1 Cor. 16:2).  We are to give as we have prospered and as we purpose in our hearts--cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7). 

 

(3) Sing  God ordained singing (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16) as the music with which we are to worship. 

 

(4) Prayer This is the way Christians talk to God.  In Matthew 6:9-15 Jesus models a prayer for his disciples.  We are to address God, pray for those things both physical and spiritually in which we stand in need, and we are to pray always through Jesus (Col. 3:17).  Christians are also to be thankful and are to pray for those things both physical and spiritual in which we stand in need, and we are to pray always through Jesus (Col. 3:17).  Christians are also to be thankful and constantly thank and praise God for HIs goodness towards them (Lk. 17:18). 

 

(5) Edification (growth; building up).  This is done through the teaching and preaching of God's word (1 Tim. 4:16).

Worship Times
SUNDAY
bullet Classes 9:00 am
bullet Worship 10:00 am
bullet Worship 6:00 pm

WEDNESDAY
bullet Classes 7:00 pm

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