What we believe...

The Big Picture

The Bible

Practices

The Big Picture

We Believe...

  • Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God who died for our sins and arose from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:1-8)

  • The Bible is the inspired word of God - a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. (2 Timothy 3:16)

  • Every person has worth as a creation of God, but that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

  • Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Christ as Savior and Lord. (John 3:16)

  • Those accepting Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith and be baptized into Him. (Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38)

  • The church is the body of Christ on Earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit and exists to save the lost and edify the saved. (Ephesians 4:1-16)

  • Jesus Christ will one day return to Earth and reign forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Practices

Our Practices, Beliefs, Values and Vision are not worth much unless they are translated into action. Based on what the Bible teaches, we believe the following should be practiced by the church:·

  • The Bible is our sole authority and guide (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is “What does the Bible say?” We encourage the practice of daily Bible reading, study, and memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.

  • Autonomy of each local church (Colossians 1:18). Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control.

  • Priesthood of all believers (2 Peter 2:9). The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to full time Christian service in and through their chosen vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every Christian has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.· Stewardship of income (Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:6-12). At Soldier Christian Church we practice sacrificial giving for the support of Christ’s Body, the church, as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving from the Old Testament. The New Testament goes beyond the Old Testament standard and teaches that we are to be good stewards in everything in recognition that God is Lord of everything in our lives.

  • Baptism by immersion (Colossians 2:12). We practice baptism by immersion – completely underwater just the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands.

  • Taking communion weekly (Acts 20:7). In the New Testament Church, the Lord’s Supper was taken every week on the first day of the week. We model this approach of remembering the Lord’s sacrificial death for us every week.

  • Spirit-led living (John 15:5). We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. Through daily Bible study and prayer, we seek to practice a day-to-day dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right.

  • Telling others about Christ (1 Peter 3:15). It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those whom God has given us a relationship. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to Church.

The Bible

We hold to the position that the New Testament, and the New Testament alone, needs to be our rallying point for union. For nearly two hundred years, we have identified ourselves with the following:

 

We speak where the Bible speaks, We are silent where the Bible is silent.

 

In essentials unity; In opinions liberty; In all things love.

 

We are not the only Christians; We are Christians only.

 

No creed but Christ; No book but the Bible.

 

We believe the Bible is inspired by God and is therefore without error or contradiction, and is the sole authority for faith and practice. All our beliefs come from the Bible. (2 Tim. 3:15-16; 2 Pet. 3:15-16; Jn. 17:17)