The Bible is our sole authority at the Blue Ridge Church of Christ.

about the church

The Church of Christ strives to be the church depicted in the New Testament. We are devoted to the word of God alone, and want to pattern our service after the example the gospel provides.

Our View of the Bible

The holy Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and is the only complete record of God's will for man on earth. It is understandable by the average person simply reading it.

Contained in the pages of the New Testament is a complete record of the first century church. This is the church that Jesus Christ shed his blood for, the Apostles preached about and the early Christians were members of. Wouldn’t you like to learn more about this church that was established in 33 A.D.?

We feel that the solution to the vast religious division is for the Bible to be the only source of religious authority for worship, doctrine, and morality. We believe that human creeds, catechisms and statements of faith cause religious division because they compete with the authority of the Bible and cloud people’s ability to clearly see what the Bible actually says. Churches are not divided over what is in the Bible, but what is not in the Bible.

Jesus likened the Bible to seed in the parable of the sower. We believe that if anyone plants the pure seed of the word of God, that it will produce exactly the same first century church every time.

We are determined to be simply Christians. We have no ambition to be anything more and we cannot be content to be anything less. For this reason, we are not interested in man-made church doctrines but only in the New Testament blueprint. With the Bible as our only guide, we seek to find what that original church was like and restore it exactly.

Our Way of Life

The Bible contains a complete blueprint or pattern for how we should live our lives.

Many think the Bible is an outdated book unable to provide answers for today’s modern world. Yet within the Bible there is a wealth of timeless information on every vital subject for personal happiness. The basic needs of men have not changed.

Learning from the example of the life of Jesus. Asking questions about the purpose of life and finding answers. Applying the Bible to our lives.

God’s word is Bible medicine for hurting homes in a wicked world.

Our Doctrine

We are trying to speak where the Bible speaks and to be silent where the Bible is silent, and to call Bible things by Bible names, and to do Bible things in Bible ways. (Titus 2:1; 1 Corinthians 4:6; 2 John 9)

In essentials, we maintain unity. In opinions, liberty. And in all things, love.

We are truly a non-denominational church that has no written standard of doctrinal authority other than the Bible.

Our Worship

Our assembled worship procedures are simple, spiritual and orderly, keynoted by the words of Jesus, who said, "true worshippers shall worship in spirit and in truth." (John 4:23). Each element of worship finds its origin in the commands and examples found in the Bible.

Our Organization

We are an independent non-denominational, self-governing local church that earnestly desires to follow our divine savior, Jesus Christ.

Although we have no organization larger than the local church with no world headquarters, we have thousands of sister congregations all over the world.

There is no man or group of men, who legislate for the church. We have no one to answer to but Christ. He is the head of the church which leaves no room for any human head. As was true in the first century, so also there is no inter-congregational organization, but rather independent congregations in different locations with Christ as Lord and Master.

Whereas denominations have a human creed or catechism to enforce unity, our unifying force is that each congregation uses the Bible alone without creeds.

Because the church of the first century had no denominational name, neither do we. However, because the New Testament described the assemblies of Christians as "the church" Ephesians 1:22; "the churches of Christ" Romans 16:16; "the church of God" Acts 20:28 and many other descriptions, the "name on the sign" will always be one found in the Bible.

what to expect when you worship with us

As our guest you can expect to feel a welcome part of the service. If you have any questions about our services and teachings, please feel free to ask and we'll be happy to study the matter with you. We are not perfect, and we are always seeking to grow within God's word!

We have Bible study classes for all age groups.