The church of Christ was established in the first century and is made up of believers in God, his sacrificial son Christ, and followers of God's word. The church was prophesied in the Old and New Testaments as the kingdom of God that would be established and reign eternally (Dan. 2:44; Isa. 2:2-3; Mark 9:1). The purpose of the church would be to make God's wisdom known to all mankind (Eph. 3:10); glorify God (Eph. 3:21); do good unto all men and show God's benevolence (Gal. 6:9-10); edify fellow believers (Heb. 10:25); and preach the saving gospel to every creature (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Rom. 1:16). Christ's church also is a haven for fellowship among believers who share the common beliefs, faith and unity in Christ's blood (Acts 2:44ff; Eph. 4:4-6). The church of Christ enjoys this fellowship with God, Jesus, and others of like precious faith (1 John 1:7). Since there is but one way to God (John 14:6), Christ's church seeks to follow God's revealed path in the inspired words of the Bible. It is because of this purpose that we seek to speak where the Bible speaks and remain silent where the Bible is silent. We want to do all that we can to respect the inspired word of God as complete and authoritative in every facet of life.