The Marietta Church of Christ
For six decades, the local congregation at Marietta has sought only to worship God as He has instructed in His Word. In the first century, the Church was organized simply; each congregation was autonomous and independent, with local deacons and elders guiding each congregation. The head of the Church was (and still is) Jesus Christ, and He only exercised authority, through the apostles and their writings.
At the Marietta Church of Christ, we seek the same direction. He have no creed book or statement of doctrines; we use only the Bible to find God’s will. God has given us all that we need for our lives, because the Truth of the Gospel does not change, even if the technology and culture of the times change.
We speak where the Bible speaks, and are silent where the Bible is silent. That means taking the Word of God as it is revealed in the inspired Scriptures, and neither adding to nor taking away from, those things taught in the Bible. Well intentioned people throughout the ages have sought to “improve” or “update” God’s Word, but doing so always creates changes in what God actually commanded.
We hold that each person is born into this world as innocent babes, but that in the growth into physical maturity we all come to sin. This state of a sinful world was introduced by the Fall of Adam and Eve, and from that time the sufferings and difficulties of the physical and spiritual life have been present. But each person is responsible only but entirely for the sins they commit. It is only in the Gospel where the salvation from sin is found.
A person must Hear and Believe the Word (John 3:16, Acts 18:8, Romans 1:16). The Gospel reveals the true nature of sin, of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus which was shed for all people. Without learning of the Gospel and without accepting it, man remains lost to sin.
A person must Repent of sins committed (Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38). Once we have come to understand what sin is, and how we have sinned in our lives, we must turn away from continuing to sin. Repentance is not simply an acknowledgement of, but a rejection of, our sinful lives before we came to the Gospel.
A person must Confess Jesus Christ as Lord (Acts 10:36, Romans 10:9-10). This means to publicly and personally profess that Jesus is the Son of God, and that you recognize His divinity and His authority. A person must be willing to stand for Christ, no matter the cost to reputation, popularity, fame, wealth, or any other allure of the world.
A person must be Baptized into Christ (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Galatians 3:26-27). Baptism is a physical act that spiritually reflects the burial and resurrection of Christ. Just as Christ rose from the tomb, a Christian comes out of a baptism a new creation. In Christ, our sins are washed away, and we can face the world benefiting from the saving power of Jesus’ blood.
A person must live a Godly Life (Revelation 2:10). Becoming a Christian changes the direction of a person’s life. We must strive to remain faithful, acting in accordance with the Word of the Lord. We give up the sinful activities of the world and instead dedicate our lives to the Lord and seek to be faithful to the Gospel.
We encourage you to open your heart and mind to the Gospel, revealed in the inspired Scriptures found in the Bible. And if we can assist you in your search for God’s Truth, please come join us!