Churches of Christ are a brotherhood of believers that have obeyed the gospel call of Christ. We are independent, undenominational congregations having no hierarchical structure, earthly headquarters, regional districts or other governing boards. We pattern ourselves after the first century church described in The New Testament where Christ is head of the church. Each congregation is self-governed and autonomous and the only tie that binds about 27,500 congregations world-wide together is common allegiance to Christ and the Bible and the desire to fellowship with those of like precious faith. With the Bible as our only guide, we seek to discover what the original church was like, and be like that. We do not claim to have arrived, recognizing that restoring the New Testament order in our modern day is a process.
Most congregations who designate themselves as a church of Christ are in agreement with the principles behind the movement sometimes referred to as the Restoration Movement, a movement begun in the 1800s by several from different locals that simultaneously, began preaching and persuading others toward the restoration of the New Testament church.
We seek to be faithful to God and His word, and to be the church that Jesus Christ said He came to build. (Matt. 16:18)
South Whidbey Church of Christ is committed to that goal and encourages independent Bible study as each believer comes to their own faith. We encourage all sincere truth seekers to join us as we seek to please God and submit our will to His.
We do not subscribe to man-made creeds; only to the New Testament pattern. We do not consider ourselves a denomination, but simply churches of Christ. (Romans 16:16) and we are simply Christians, members of the church Jesus established, having bought it with his blood (Acts 20:28).
Because all authority has been given to Christ (Matt. 28:18) and because He alone has been designated as God’s spokesman in this age (Hebrews 1:1-2) it is our conviction that He alone has the right to say what the church is and what His disciples should teach. Since the only document that presents Christ’s instructions to his disciples is the New Testament, it alone is our source for religious teaching and practice.
In the New Testament, worship was something to participate in, not something to watch. Worship was about pouring one’s heart and soul out to God, not entertainment. There was a priesthood of all believers through our High Priest Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 2:5). No one could perform a saved person’s service or worship for him or her.
Jesus said, “…a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24) To worship God in truth is to worship Him according to his Word, because His Word is truth – John 17:17.
Our mission statement is the same as Jesus Christ’s commission statement in Matthew 28:18-20.
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching then to observe all that I commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”