Turnpike Road Church of Christ

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What do we believe?

As Christians, our faith centers around the person of Jesus. We believe that he is the unique Son of God (Hebrews 1:1-5) who came to earth, became like us, lived among us and revealed the Father to us (John 1:14,18). Jesus described his own ministry on earth by quoting the prophet Isaiah: He says that the Spirit of the Lord has anointed him to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed and to declare the year of the Lord's favor (Luke 4:16-21).

Yet it is not until Christ's death on the cross that his ministry reaches its fulfillment. Though he was without sin (II Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, I Peter 2:22), Jesus took the sin and guilt of the entire world upon himself and died on the cross, thus paying the price for our sin (I Peter 2:24, I John 2:2; 4:9-11). He died in our place in order to restore our relationship with God, and allow us to live with him forever (John 3:16, Romans 5:6-11, I Thessalonians 5:10). Through Christ's death we have received access to God through his Spirit (Ephesians 2:14-18).

He did not, however, remain dead (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21). In his resurrection from the dead, Jesus defeated both sin and death so that they no longer have dominion over mankind (Romans 6:4,9-14, I Corinthians 15:54-57). By his triumph over the grave he was declared to be the Son of God (Romans 1:4). God has exalted him to the highest place so that "at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father." (Philippians 2:9-11)

The life, death, burial and resurrection of Christ call every man and woman to make a decision about Jesus. Jesus' claim is, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). His offer to all mankind is eternal life with God (John 3:16-17; 10:10). The offer of salvation which Jesus makes is an offer of unmerited grace which is received through faith in his atoning sacrifice on the cross (Romans 5). He calls us to become his disciples through repentance and baptism into his name (Acts 2:37-39, Romans 6:1-7).

As those who call Jesus, "Lord," we, like the first disciples, are to follow him (Matthew 4:18-22). To follow him means that we are to imitate him, to become like him (Matthew 10: 24-25, John 13:12-16). In fact, by the power of the Spirit at work in us, becoming like Jesus is the ultimate end for a follower of Christ (II Corinthians 3:17-18, I John 3:1-3). We are called to imitate his servanthood (Mark 10:42-45, John 13:13-16), his forgiveness (Matthew 18:21-35, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13), his love (John 13:34) and his ministry (Matthew 28:16-20, John 20:21), to name just a few specifics.

In our quest to be like Jesus, the Bible is our guide. We regard the Bible as the Word of God and authoritative for our lives. It is this Word which reveals the Father and His Son. In approaching the Word, it is our task to understand what it has to say about God and his Son and also to let it search us and transform us into his image. It is by the power of his Spirit living in us that this transformation takes place (II Corinthians 3:16-18). Through the Spirit's leading, his encouragement, his discipline, his convicting us of sin and righteousness, and his turning our eyes toward Jesus, we are drawn nearer and nearer to our Lord while we wait for his return to take us to live with our Heavenly Father (Acts 1:10-11).

 

Sunday Schedule

  • Time of Prayer:  9:30am - 9:50am
  • Bible Classes: 10:00am - 10:45am
  • Worship Services: 11:00am - 12pm
  • Iglesia de Cristo: 3pm - 4:30pm

Small Group Locations

For more information regarding the locations of our small groups, please call 805-967-4611 or email us through the contact page.