Welcome to the Folsom church of Christ. We would like to tell you what we believe so that you'll know a little bit about what drives us. Here at Folsom, we just want to be Christians.
We believe that a local church can function in exactly the same way as churches in the first century. Our goal is to return to the original plan for the church, as Christ intended when He built it. Why do we try? Because a restoration of true New Testament Christianity is the only way to avoid the confusion and division we witness in the religious world today. Long ago, Jeremiah said, "Thus says the Lord, 'Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls.'" (Jeremiah 6:16).
We want to be Christians, nothing more, nothing less; Christians only, meeting with other Christians, doing what Christians are expected to do. This is Important because Christ, the Author of Christianity, expects it: Mt 16:16; 28:18-20. He has the authority. He built the church and only He can change His plan for the church. He gave the apostles authority (Eph. 2:20). Man is not capable of building a "church of Christ." Only Christ can do that and only Christ has done it. We want to be Christians. We have a blueprint for bringing the reality of New Testament Christianity to the 21st century: The New Testament. Sensible and objective interpretation of Scripture. Absolute application, without regard to culture or feelings.
We can speak where the Bible speaks, and be silent where it is silent; we can do Bible things in Bible ways and call Bible things by Bible names. Some say it's impossible. They say it can't be done. What did the authors of the Bible think? What does God think? The Bible tells us we can and must "speak as the very utterances of God." They tell us we can all be of one mind and one spirit, as long as we focus on the gospel of Christ (see I Pet. 4:11a; Phil 1:27; I Cor. 1:10). But aren't there insurmountable obstacles? Yes, as long as people are loyal to something or someone other than Christ. Religious unity is impossible with those who insist on a relative, rather than absolute, view of truth. It takes faith and "faith comes from hearing and hearing from the word of Christ" (Romans 10:17). Religious unity is a wonderful thing and it is: attainable. But our goals must be clear: (1) to be Christians only and (2) to work at making the church just like those of the first century. Only then can we realize the unity of all of those who are of like mind. Our plea to everyone we know and love is to go back to the Bible, and the Bible only, for the answers.