Doctrine

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As a congregation of the Church that Jesus founded, the West Concord Church of Christ attempts to follow God’s instructions exactly as found in the Bible. The only guide that the we use to determine our doctrines and practices is the Bible. That’s it. No creeds, manuals, handbooks, or any additional materials are needed. The Bible is sufficient in and of itself. We merely attempt to speak where the Bible speaks and to be silent where the Bible is silent.

Notice 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

In this passage, God tells us through Paul that all scripture comes from God. Therefore, the scriptures are God’s words, His instructions and commandments. The end of the passage tells us that the Word of God will completely prepare us to do the good God requires of us. In other words, God tells us His Word is complete, finished, and self-sufficient. Peter echoes this statement when he wrote in 2 Peter 1:3 that God has given us everything we need to know how to live a Godly life. John states that the Holy Spirit would lead Christians into “all truth” (John 16:13), indicating that no additional instructions would be needed except for the Bible. God sent us a strong warning at the end of the Bible, warning us not to add to His Word or to take away from it (Revelation 22:18-19). Throughout the Bible, God makes it clear that we are only to follow His teachings as revealed in His Holy Scriptures, the Bible. God even warns us that false teachers will come, teaching their own forms of doctrine and leading many away from God (Matthew 7:15-20; Romans 16:7; 2 Timothy 4:3; 2 Peter 2:1-3; 1 John 4:1-3). God told us through Paul that even if an angel from heaven teaches something that opposes the Bible, we are to reject that angel (Galatians 1:8). Christians are to follow the Bible, and only the Bible.

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New Testament
As New Testament Christians, we recognize that we must “rightly divide” God’s word, the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15). In handling the Bible properly, we must recognize that we are no longer under the rule of the Old Testament. The Old Testament was a covenant between God and the people of Israel (Exodus 19:5-8; Leviticus 26:3-13; Deuteronomy 28:1-14). The covenant was not meant to last forever. God’s plan was for a new covenant to come (Jeremiah 31:31-32). Jesus ultimately came to fulfill the Law (Matthew 5:17). The Old Law and all its consequences was nailed to the cross when Jesus was nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14; Hebrews 9:11-28). With the Old Covenant put out of the way, we are now under a new and better Covenant (Romans 6:14-15; Ephesians 2:13-14; Hebrews 7:22; Hebrews 8:13; Hebrews 9:15). The Old Testament is now a learning tool for Christians (Romans 15:4) while the New Testament is our binding agreement with God regarding our salvation (See Salvation page).
Christians must rely on God’s New Testament alone as the source for how to live our lives. We must examine the scriptures daily so that we can continue to grow as Christians and become more and more like Christ with each passing day (Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
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