The Bible and Christ’s Church
The Bible is God’s Word (I Thessalonians 2:13); His written revelation of Himself to mankind. It contains His purpose in creating the physical universe and His instructions for mankind, as we are created in His image (Genesis 1:26). In a real sense the Bible is the handbook for living life as it should be lived. As II Peter 1:3 states, the Bible contains “everything pertaining to life and godliness.” The nature and usefulness of God’s Word is stated precisely in II Timothy 3:16-17: “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
Christ’s Church recognizes the Scriptures as absolute Truth (John 17:17). As such, the Bible is the absolute and final authority in all matters (Matthew 28:18 and John 12:47-48). For Christ’s Church in the Valley, as a local congregation belonging to Jesus Christ, the Scriptures themselves constitute our statement of faith, doctrine of salvation, articles of government, standards of personal holiness, and primary text for teaching and preaching.
We believe and “earnestly contend” for the following:
(1) God is, and He is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
(E) Baptism (immersion) into Christ for the remission of sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
(F) Devotion to 1) the teaching of the New Testament, 2) fellowship, 3) the Lord’s Supper, and 4) prayer