My son attended a birthday party held at a CoC. I got a copy of their statement of beliefs which I found interesting. Bible—The Bible is God’s Word and it is the final authority in all matters of faith & life.(2 Tim 3:15-17; 2 Pet 1:20-21) God—God is the Almighty Creator of everything that exists. He is the only true God and lives eternally in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). The essence of His being is love.(Gen 1-2; Jhn 1:3; Rom 1:20; 1 Cor 8:5-6; Eph 4:4-5; Jhn 17:3; 1Pet 1:2; 2 Cor 13:14; 1 Jhn 4:8,16) Jesus—Jesus is the Son of God and the promised Messiah (Christ). He was sent to this world for the purpose of redeeming us from our sins and restoring us to a relationship with God. Jesus was miraculously born to a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died on a cross as a sacrifice for our sins. He was buried and on the third day arose from the grave and claimed victory over sin and death. After that he appeared to many witnesses and ascended into heaven where he sits at the right hand of God and serves as our mediator. Jesus will one day return to this Earth to judge the world and establish a New Heaven and New Earth where all believers will live eternally with Him.(Jhn 1:1,14; Mat 16:15; Jhn 4:25-26; Mtt 17:5, Jhn 3:16; Rom 5:8-10; 1 Jhn 4:10; Mat 1:18-23; Heb 5:15; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph 2:13; 1 Pet 3:18; Mrk 10:45; 1st Cor 15:3-8, Act 1:1-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Heb 9:15; 1 Ths 4:13-18; Jhn 5:24-29; 1 Jhn 4:17-18; 2 Ths 1:7-10; Rev 20-21) Holy Spirit—The Holy Spirit is God’s presence today. He is given for the purpose of spiritual transformation. The Spirit works within us to make us more Christ-like and to produce the fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5). The Spirit also works to teach us, remind us of what Jesus taught, comfort us, convict us of sin, empower us to help others, and guarantee our inheritance (eternal life).(Jhn 14:15-27; Rom 8:1-17; Gal 5:16-25; Jhn 16:5-15; 1 Cor 12:1-31; Rom 12:4-8; 2 Cor 1:21-22) Salvation—All people are created in the image of God for the purpose of living in eternal relationship with Him. However, our sinfulness separates us from God and makes it impossible for us to live with Him. The only way that this can be undone is through the mercy and justice of God, which was shown by the sending of his Son (Jesus). His death is the only sufficient payment for our sins. Salvation is a free gift of God, it only comes by grace through faith, and it has the power to free us from the effects of sin & death. It is available to all who put their trust in Jesus and those who do so should repent of their sins, confess their faith, and be baptized.(Gen 1:27; Eph. 1:4-5; Rom 3:22-26; Rom 5:12-21; Rom 6:22-23; Eph 2:4-9; Jhn 3:16; Rom 10:9-10; Act 2:38; Rom 6:3-7; 1 Pet 3:21) Church—The church is the body of Christ. There is only one church, but it is comprised of many parts. The head of the church is Jesus Christ and, as such, he is the foundation and center of everything we do. The purpose of the church is to follow Christ by living out the greatest commands—to love God and love people.(Eph 4:4-5, 15-16; 1 Cor 3:10-11; 1 Cor 12:12-27; Mrk 12:28-34; Mat 22:34-40; Act 2:42-47) Then on their informational about the church: What is worship like? Our worship consists of singing, prayers, Scripture readings, communion and a message from the Bible. The singing is a cappella, meaning that we worship without instruments. This is by choice, rather than doctrine. We find nothing wrong with instrumental worship but believe that the voice alone is a simple & beautiful way to worship God.