As the local Church of Christ, we are striving to take the good news of Jesus Christ to our community as well as to the whole world (Mark 16:15-16) so that all men and women may experience the abundant life which Christ has to offer (John 10:10). We are also endeavoring to follow His example of love in our relationships with one another and with God (John 13:34-35).
We live in an age where there is a lot of confusion regarding religion. Even among those professing to be Christians there are a lot of divisions concerning how we should serve God. God's Word condemns such divisions (I Corinthians 1:10). We believe that these divisions have occurred because men have gradually departed further and further from the simple teachings of God's Word. We seek to return to the simple teachings of Scriptures and submit ourselves to God our Creator (Philippians 3:16; James 4:10). God tells us, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (II Timothy 3:16-17).
Our Sunday worship assemblies are only a small part of what goes on here at the Susquehanna Valley Church of Christ. In addition to these, there are numerous ministries, Bible classes, small group Bible studies which meet in the privacy of one's home, as well as Bible correspondence courses through the mail. We want to encourage you not only to visit one of our worship assemblies, but also to explore some of the other things we have to offer to help you, as well as ourselves, to strengthen our relationships with God our Savior.
What the Bible says...
There is only one true God. He is the Creator of all life and the
Supreme Ruler of the universe. He has always been (He is eternal) and
co-exists equally in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son
(Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. We learn about God through
His creation, His Word, and His Son. God loves us more than we can
Genesis 1:26,27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Job 38:1-41:34; Matthew 3:13-17; John 3:16; Romans 1:19,20; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:6
About Jesus Christ...
Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. Co-equal with God the
Father and God the Spirit, He came to earth and became man. He was
completely God while at the same time being fully man. He revealed to
us who God is. His miraculous acts, sinless life, and life-changing
teachings all confirm the fact that He is God's Son. His purpose for
coming to Earth was to show God's love by dying on a cross, thus
taking the sins of all mankind upon Himself, and paying the penalty
that our sins deserve. His bodily resurrection from the grave and His
promise to return someday are testimonies to the fact that He is the
King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus desires the deepest of
relationship with every person.
Matthew 1:22,23; John 1:1,14,18; Acts 10:37-43; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Ephesians 2:4-8; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-21; Hebrews 1:1-3
About the Holy Spirit...
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son.
He dwells in each member of God's family as a Helper and Guide. It is
through the work of the Holy Spirit that a person comes to salvation.
At the point of salvation, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our
physical bodies as His home. He provides help to every Christian to
do what is right, strength to serve Jesus, and direction for living
life God's way. Every Christian is to allow God's Spirit to help him
on a daily basis.
John 14:16,17; John 16:7-13; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 6:19,20; Ephesians 3:16-20; Ephesians 5:18
About the Bible...
The Bible is God's written Word. The process that God used to give us His Word is called inspiration, which means God-breathed. The Word of God is without error and is truth. It tells us who God is, why He loves us, and what His plans are for us. The Bible is the authority or standard for living our lives according to God's will for us. Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:105, 160; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21
We are created in the spiritual likeness or image of God. God gave us free will: we have the ability to choose to love as God loves, to choose to do right in the likeness of God's righteousness, and to choose to value what God values. God created us because He wants a family who will love Him because we want to love Him, and not because we have to love Him. The first man, Adam, chose to sin, and now every person lives in a marred creation with a marred spiritual nature. As a result, every person will eventually choose to sin and subsequently become separated from God.
Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3:1-24; Psalm 8:3-6; John 4:24; Ephesians 1:4-6; Romans 3:23
We need salvation because we have sinned. Sin separates us from
God who desires relationship with us. It is impossible for any man to
restore that broken relationship with God by any amount of personal
goodness, religious deeds, or by belonging to a church. We cannot
earn, merit or achieve a right relationship with God by our own
efforts. The death of Jesus was not an accident. It was God's plan
from the beginning to save us from our sins through the death of
Jesus Christ. The Bible calls God's act of love, grace. His grace is
His gift to us. The way we receive His gift is by entering into a
covenant relationship with Jesus by placing our trust and faith in
Him. When we decide that we will follow Jesus for the rest of our
lives, we demonstrate our trust in Jesus by obeying His command to be
immersed (baptized) in water demonstrating the death, burial and
resurrection of Jesus.
Isaiah 59:2; John 3:16; John 14:6; Acts 2:37-39; Romans 3:10,11, 23; Romans 6:3,4; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:3-8
About the Church...
The Church is God's spiritual family. It is made up of all those
who have chosen to place their trust and faith in Jesus and who are
His followers (disciples). The Church is not a building or one
particular group of believers. To belong to the Church, is to belong
to Jesus. The Bible uses the analogy that Jesus is the Head of the
Church, which is His body. God's will is for the Church to gather
regularly to worship its Head, Jesus, to use its various gifts and
abilities to serve its Head, to love and encourage those who are in
the body, and to work diligently to maintain the unity of the body.
As the members of His Church love one another and maintain unity of
purpose and relationship, the world around us will recognize that we
belong to Jesus. The Church or body is to seek to do the will of God,
which also includes loving and saving the world through Jesus
Matthew 16:15-18; John 17:20-23; John 13:34,35; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22,23; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:4-10
When God created you and me, He created us with a soul which will
never cease to exist. Those who choose to follow Jesus as Lord, and
have a growing relationship with Him, will spend eternity with God in
Heaven. Those who reject Jesus by refusing to follow Him will spend
eternity in Hell. Heaven, like salvation and grace, is a gift of God.
Hell is the due consequence for those who have not accepted God's
offer of forgiveness. Heaven and Hell are real places.
Ezekiel 18:20; Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-31; John 14:1-6; Romans 6:23; Philippians 3:17-21; Revelation 20:15