Kernersville Church of Christ is committed to the principles of our independent Christian background, as expressed by phrases like these:
Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent.
In essentials, unity; in opinions, liberty; and in all things, love.
•No creed but Christ.
We accept the the 66 books of the Bible as the sole authoritative source of information concerning the will of God manifested in the person, life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we believe and teach:
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father.
Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-3-; Hebrews 4:14, 15;
1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with the power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives all believers a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Psalm 119: 105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.
1. You must believe.
Not just a "head faith" but a "heart faith" that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Romans 5:1, Hebrews 11:6, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 10:13, John 3:16.
2. You must repent of your sins.
Repentance is a "turning from sin" and involves both a sorrow for sin and a true desire to live nearer to Christ in the future.
Acts17:30-31, II Peter 3:9
3. You must confess Christ.
This is a public witnessing to the fact that you do believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Matthew 10:32-33, Romans 10:10, Matthew 16:13-17
4. You must be baptized (immersed) into Christ for the remission of your sins.
Baptism is not just a religious ceremony but is an act of saving faith whereby the believing repentant, confessing sinner comes into contact with the blood of Christ.
Acts 2:38,1 Peter 3:21, Galatians 3:27, Mark 16:16,
5. You Must be faithful to Christ until death. Matthew 28:10-20, ! Corinthians 15:58, Revelation 2:10
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally close to Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8, 2:44, 46