We are ordinary people both young and old from a variety of countries, with many different family backgrounds both socially and culturally. We have people who are currently unemployed, we have people who are accountants, pharmacists, pensioners, school teachers, and much more but we all share in the strengths and struggles common to the rest of mankind. We’re concerned about many issues in the world about us. We’re disturbed about the rise in the rate of crime, the decline of moral standards, and the absence of spiritual values within society. We don’t know all the answers, but we know a man who does. Although we have many differences, we are all united in our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and share a common hope for the future. We put our trust in God and we try to live our lives in a way that honors Him.

We are simply Christians and non-denominational as we have no earthly head or headquarters, Christ Himself is the head of our church. (Ephesians 1:22) We have no organization other than independent congregations, where each congregation governs itself under the authority of Jesus Christ and His words in the New Testament. Each congregation appoints its own elders to oversee the flock as suggested in Acts 14:23. These elders are called “bishops” (Titus 1:5+7), “overseers” (Acts 20:28), “stewards” (Titus 1:7), “pastors” (Ephesians 4:11) or “the presbytery” (1 Timothy 4:14). For men to be appointed as elders they require certain qualities, (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1; 1 Peter 5; Acts 20). The congregation likewise appoints deacons who also require certain qualities (1 Timothy 3; Acts 6).

We call ourselves ‘church of Christ’ simply because of its special appropriateness in that the church does belong to Christ since the scriptures speak of it as the bride of Christ and of Him as the head of the church. Truly we belong to Christ. We also find that phrase to describe God’s people within the New Testament. (Matthew 16:18; Romans 16:16)

As God is our focus, we follow the example of worship found within the New Testament. We meet together on the first day of the week (Sunday) to worship our God. (Acts 20:7) We partake of the Lord’s Supper to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 16:1,2)

Men of the congregation on behalf of all those who are present and those who are absent speak several prayers in faith to God (Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 14:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:17). We believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God, which contains the final and complete revelation from God to man (John 16:32; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; Jude 3) and so we have Bible readings read publicly by one of the men of the congregation. A Bible-based sermon is preached to instruct and encourage the members of the congregation in their Christian lives. (Acts 20:42; 20:7; 1 Timothy 4:13)

We sing a number of hymns a cappella (without the use of instruments) since we believe that the early church sang without instrumental accompaniment. (Mathew 26:30; Acts 16:25; Ephesians 5:19) We take up an offering from our members as they give freely and cheerfully to support the work within our congregation. (1 Corinthians 16:1+2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15)

There is good news for everyone within the Bible. We believe that we are all sinners and in need of salvation. Through the death and resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, He has provided the forgiveness of our sins and our eternal well-being. (Romans 3:23; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 1:7; 2:1-10) as God is not only a God of love, He is also a God who requires obedience to His will.

Our response must be to have faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, (Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:6) repentance (change the direction of our lives), (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30) acknowledge our faith in Christ Jesus (Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9+10) and be baptized (immersed) into the water to receive the forgiveness of our sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and so to be added to the Lord’s church. (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:37-42; Acts 22:16) in this way we enter into a new relationship with God and His Son and begin a new life in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 4:17-32).