The beliefs and teachings of the Churches of Christ are based on the Bible. In our preaching and Christian education, we concentrate on the essential aspects of the Christian faith, allowing for a diversity of understanding with non-essentials. This does not mean our theology is so broad as to become shallow. Instead it represents our enthusiasm to major on the essential message of the love and grace of God. Our main theme is that Jesus is the risen Son of God and the Saviour of humanity. We acknowledge that we fall well short of God's holy standards and that Jesus died to pay the price for our sin. We encourage people to respond to Jesus by making an intelligent and meaningful commitment to him, to observe his teaching, and express their commitment to Him through baptism by immersion. Baptism is a symbol which marks a turning point. We leave our former life behind, and with God's help, make a new beginning. We affirm the scriptures as our authority for Christian belief and practice. Each Sunday we celebrate communion. By sharing together in the Lords' Supper, we not only remember how important Jesus is to our faith, but also draw close to him for renewal. We believe that Jesus is very close to us during communion. Communion is a meditative and prayerful part of our worship. In communion we reaffirm our belief in the Easter message of the death and resurrection of Jesus.