Deer Creek Church of Christ
We believe in the following essentials as requirement for entrance into the church, which is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27).

Hearing the Word
Although this seems obvious, Romans 10:14-17 stresses the importance of hearing the gospel before one can believe in Christ.  Acts 16 tells the story of a jailer who asked Paul and Silas what he must do to be saved.  Verse 31 documents their response - "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved".  After saying this, they preached the word of the Lord to him and to his house and baptized his entire family.  Deer Creek provides many opportunities for you to hear the good news of Christ through reading the gospel, sermons presented on Sundays and on this website, bible classes offered throughout the week for all ages, and personal bible studies which can be conducted with you in your home or at our church building, through e-mail or our online forum.  If you do not have a bible, we will provide one so that you will be able to study on your own.  Please don't go your whole life without at least hearing what God has done for you, and deciding for yourself whether you want to believe.

Faith in God
In Hebrews 11:6, God stresses that faith comes in believing in his existence and his ability to reward those who serve him.  While this belief in Him is essential, it alone is not enough.  Remember the jailer in our previous example was told to believe in Christ in order to be saved; but this belief led him to study the Word and to become baptized.  James 2:22-24 tells us that our faith is made complete by our actions.  If we have faith in God and His ability to save us, we should be eager to please Him by doing what he wants us to do.

Repent of our Sins
Repentance involves turning away from your sins (Ezekial 18:30) and towards God.  It is a necessary act of salvation (Luke 13:5), because without Christ we are all lost.  In the first century, Peter was preaching to a large group who asked what they must do to be saved.  Peter answered in verse 38, "repent and be baptized into the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins."   We cannot be saved unless we are willing to repent of the sins that separate us from Christ, and leave our former sinful ways behind.  God does not expect us to be perfect. He provides us an avenue for forgiveness when we make mistakes, but He does expect us to turn away from a life dedicated to earthly desires and set our hearts on Him.

Confess your belief in Jesus Christ as Lord
It should be obvious by now that salvation is not a passive act, but is an act of belief and submission to God's will.  Romans 10:9-10 tells us that we should confess with our mouth that "Jesus is Lord" in order to be saved.  Your belief within your heart should lead your mouth to confess your belief in Christ as your Lord.  Another example of a first century conversion takes place in Acts 8, when an Ethiopian eunuch asks what he must do in order to be baptized.  Phillip tells him he must believe with all his heart and his confession is recorded in verse 37, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God".

Baptism into Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins
God has provided numerous examples of conversions in the New Testament as a guide to us.  These include over 3,000 on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2), the Samartians (Acts 8), Saul (Acts 9), Cornelius (Acts 10), Lydia (Acts 16), and the examples of the jailer and the eunuch we provided earlier.  In each of these examples, we find the obedient act of baptism.  Baptism involves immersion of a believer into water for the forgiveness of sins, and signifies a death to sin, a burial with Christ and a resurrection to a new life in Him (Romans  6:3-11).  Baptism is absolutely necessary for salvation (Mark 16:15-16) and required to enter into the kingdom of God, which is the church (John 3:5).

While God demands obedience, he understands that we are all sinners.  No sin is greater than another and we are all lost without His grace and Christ's blood.  He has laid out an example of the steps he wants you take in order to qualify for his grace.  These are the steps we have outlined above.  The New Testament provides many more examples of the lives we are to live once we become Christians.  We should see these not as rules, but as an act of love towards God (John 14:15) for saving us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8).

We hope that you will make a decision in your mind and with your heart to follow God.  God does not want any of us to perish according to 2 Peter 3:9, but wants all of us to repent of our sins and turn to a life devoted to Him.  This life is temporary and you have been given an opportunity by reading this to take the steps necessary for eternal life.  Please don't hestiate to contact us or your local church if you have any further questions or would like to exercise your faith by becoming saved through the steps outlined above.

Read Distinctive Features of the New Testament Church for further information on what we believe.