Statement of Belief


Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct for the Auburn Church of Christ

The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. The Auburn Church of Christ is autonomous in its governance. It is an independent church, free from any regulation or control by a higher church body, regional office or collection of other churches, including other Churches of Christ. For purposes of the faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline at the Auburn Church of Christ, our elders are the final decision makers on the interpretation of the Bible’s meaning and application, including, without limitation, as such meaning and application relate to all matters of spiritual belief, doctrine, faith, conduct, program activities and facility use for the Auburn Church of Christ. (See Galatians 1:1-2; Acts 14:23; I Peter 5:2)

Marriage Policy

Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man and a woman, the Auburn Church of Christ will only recognize marriages between a biologically born man and a biologically born woman. (Genesis 2:18-25.) Further, the ministers and staff of the Auburn Church of Christ shall only officiate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman, each being in their gender as created by God. Finally, the weddings performed on facilities and property of the Auburn Church of Christ, shall only be between one man and one woman, each being in their gender as created by God.

Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one true, biblical meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman, each being in their gender as created by God, in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Genesis 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including, without limitation, adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality and incest) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.)

Statement on the Sanctity of Human Life

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition of human existence. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Psalm 139.)

Agreement by Employees and Volunteers

We believe that in order to preserve the function, integrity and beliefs of the Auburn Church of Christ as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Auburn Church of Christ’s members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Auburn Church of Christ in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement of Belief, including without limitation, the statements on marriage, gender, and sexuality. (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22.) All employees and volunteers working with or for the Auburn Church of Christ, by engaging in such work, agree with this Statement of Beliefs.

The Auburn Church of Christ believes that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21.)

This Statement of Beliefs is not, and should not be construed as, an exhaustive treatment of all matters of spiritual belief, doctrine, faith, conduct, program activities and/or manners in which facilities are to be used for the Auburn Church of Christ.