“Will only members of the church of Christ be saved?”

First, we need to understand that not all who call themselves members of the church of Christ will be saved. Our salvation is not determined by what we call ourselves but by what Jesus calls us either “blessed of the Father” or “cursed” (Matthew 25:33,41). The question we need to ask ourselves is simple, are we serving God the way He wants us to serve Him or are we approaching him in a self-seeking manner?

Second, let’s look at this idea of church. The term church can be used in at least two different ways. In a narrow sense the term church can be used to indicate a local group of believers, such as the church here at South Georgia St. church of Christ. Does one have to be a member of South Georgia St. church of Christ church to be saved, of course not. However, there is another use of the term church. In the broad sense church references those that are in Christ, the saved. Ephesians 1 clearly teaches that those who are going to be saved are in Christ (Ephesians 1:3,7,10) and that those in Him are in His church (Ephesians 1:22-23). So if the question is asked in the broad sense, must I be in Christ’s church to be saved the answer would be YES!!

“Is The Church of Christ a Denomination?”

The term denomination means simply to divide. It is our goal to enjoy unity, not division. The unity we seek is with God. It is not our goal or aim to be part of any manmade organization. Furthermore we do not subscribe to any man made creed or doctrine. We recognize that God desires to have unity among His followers (John 17:21) but we also see that such unity will only truly present when we all seek Him first and allow Him to be our guide (2Timothy 1:13). On the other hand the creeds of man have only produced discord and division.

“Do you believe that people must conform to Church of Christ doctrine in order to be saved?”

This is another form of the “only ones going to heaven” question, but it is a fair question to ask. The answer is no. There is no standard formalized “Church of Christ Doctrine” as the denominations adhere to. You may have noticed that throughout this publication we have been careful to use language that indicate that these are the views of the congregation here, this has been done intentionally to prevent the idea that we have a manmade creed of standard doctrine.

The only doctrine we follow is what we find in the New Testament. We do our best to follow the pattern of the New Testament church and the writings of the Apostles. We acknowledge that we are human and so prone to make mistakes and if we find we are not in harmony with that pattern we will gladly make whatever changes needed to follow that pattern.

“Do you believe in the Old Testament?”

Paul said a long time ago, “all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable…” To say that one does not believe in the Old Testament is to say one does not believe God. Here at South Georgia St. church of Christ we believe strongly in the Old Testament.

Having said that, we do believe that we have been given a new law different from that given in the Old Testament (Hebrews 8:7-13). We do not practice the sacrifice of animals, observe the Sabbath, nor enforce circumcision. We do feel that the Old Testament is a great resource to learn of the nature of God and to see great examples of faith and obedience from amazing men and women.

“Do you believe you earn your salvation?”

No, absolutely not, no man can obligate God to anything. God alone has the power to save us.

We do however teach that a person must obey God’s commandments in order to be pleasing to him, and that God can put conditions on grace and it still be grace.

“Do you believe one can fall in and out of grace?”

First of all this is a popular, but simplistic statement. The Bible does teach that one who has been saved can fall from grace so as to be lost (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-30). As for the lack of confidence that so many suggest this doctrine would lead to, nothing could be further from the truth. Anyone can compare their life to the divine standard and know confidently what their position is before God (James 1;22-25). Therefore we can live in confidence if we will just be obedient to Him.

“Is the church of Christ a cult?”

When we think of a cult we typically think of an organization characterized by fanaticism and ritualism. Cults tend to cut their people off from society, and govern them in the strictest of fashions. Cults are typically very dangerous and difficult to leave. This term is clearly prejudicial and is used to indicate the members have been somehow brainwashed and that we place undue significance on certain acts such as the Lord’s Supper and baptism.

Actually the church of Christ is nothing like the modern day cult. Here at South Georgia St. church of Christ we encourage people to be open about their beliefs, to live moderate lives, and share their faith with as many people as possible. The only leader that we offer allegiance to is Jesus Christ, and we do not participate nor believe in the observance of sacraments. We do not teach transubstantiation and we do not believe there is anything in water itself that saves a soul.