The Salisbury Church of Christ is a New Testament Church that originated almost 2000 years ago on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts, Chapter 2.
The Church of Christ is not a denomination – we are simply Christians, members of the one church Jesus established and for which He died.
The name Church of Christ is not used as a denominational designation, but rather as a descriptive term indicating that the church belongs to Christ (Eph. 5:23).
We, who are members of the Church of Christ have no creed, manual, or church rules other than the Bible, which we believe is inspired of God. The Bible alone is our guide. Thus, we speak only as oracles, or words of God (1 Pet. 4:11).
The Church of Christ believes that teaching the Bible without modification is the only way to lead men and women to become Christians. This means teaching things concerning Jesus, His church, and what to do to be added to His church (Acts 8:12, 2:47).
The Church of Christ believes nothing should be required of people as acts of obedience to God unless it is evident in Scripture (Heb. 5:9).
In New Testament times, those who heard and believed the Gospel of Christ (Jn. 6:45, 8:24, Mk. 16:16), repented of their sins (Lk. 13:3, Acts 17:30), confessed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Acts 8:37, Ro. 10:10), and were baptized (immersed) in water for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16) and were added by the Lord to His church (Acts 2:37-47). We believe the same holds true today.
Churches of Christ are not governed like many religious organizations today. We have no governing boards, or national or international headquarters. Each congregation is independent and autonomous (self-ruled) of every other congregation.
The Church of Christ believes we must have Bible authority for all we do in worship to God (Col. 3:17). Therefore, we must not include anything in worship not found in God's Word.
There are five acts of worship mentioned in the New Testament which the first-century church observed.
Singing (A cappella)
Sharing the Lord's Supper
Giving as prospered.
In the Church of Christ, we sing without the use of mechanical instruments of music. Congregational "a cappella" singing is the only music we use in our worship to God. The New Testament gives us no authority for using mechanical instruments of music.
The Church of Christ also differs from several other groups in that we observe the Lord's Supper on the first day of every week. We do this because it follows the Biblical pattern (Acts 20:7).
The Bible states that we serve an unchanging God. If we maintain the same methods that Christians practiced in the early church, an unchanging God should also be pleased with our worship and service.