The South Coast church of Christ is a group of Christians striving to follow the pattern of teaching as found in the New Testament (2 Timothy 1:13). This teaching shows us how to become Christians in order to be added to the Lord’s church, and how to live in a manner that is pleasing to Him (Acts 2:38-47, Colossians 1:10). Our members come from a variety of backgrounds (and even countries), but we have a desire for unity that is based on God’s Word (John 17:20-21;  1 Corinthians 1:10), not on man-made teachings.

There is one body, and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6

We have no name but Christian (Acts 11:26). We acknowledge that we are not perfect in the sense that we still have our failings. But what we also have is forgiveness through the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7). It is because of what Jesus has done for us, and the grace and mercy of God the Father, that we have salvation (Ephesians 1:7;  2:8-9).

We are not part of any denomination, but we do have fellowship with other congregations of the Lord’s body (i.e. other non-denominational churches of Christ) who also abide by the teachings and pattern of the New Testament. Each of these congregations are self-governing under the headship of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23), free to study, teach and work as directed by the Bible.

We carry on our work and worship as we understand the Scriptures to teach. According to the teachings of the apostles, and the examples shown in the scriptures of the early church, we celebrate the Lord's Supper each first day of the week, i.e. Sunday (Acts 20:7;  1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Our music is the praise of our lips without mechanical (instrumental) accompaniment, “… making melody in our heart …” (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). We pray to offer thanks for His blessings, both physical and spiritual, and to make known to Him our requests (Philippians 4:6) We preach God’s Word, not man’s opinion, in order to convince people of the truth, to rebuke and refute error, and to build up and edify the members in the Lord (2 Timothy 4:2-4). During our worship, we also contribute to the work of the church a portion of our money, giving in proportion to how God has blessed us (1 Corinthians 16:1-2) – Note: we do not require visitors to our meetings to make a contribution.

Entrance into the body of Christ, the church, is through obedience to the gospel. Non-Christians are taught to believe in Christ with all their heart (Acts 8:37), to repent of their sins (Luke 13:3), to confess their faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10), and to be baptized into Him for the forgiveness of their sins and the reception of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:27). They are then added to the church by the Lord Himself (Acts 2:47). Since a person needs to be a believer before being baptized, we do not practice infant baptism. Because the baptism instituted by Jesus and practiced by the early church was immersion, we follow that practice today. When the person rises from the waters of baptism, having had their sins washed away (Acts 22:16), their “old self” of sin has been buried, and they are raised to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).

Our mission is to take the gospel to the world – to lead people to Christ (Acts 8:4; 2 Timothy 2:2). We are to live faithfully to the Lord, all the days of our life (Revelation 2:10), and to live our life in this world in such a manner that it brings glory and honour to Him (Matthew 5:16).