Who We Are
CHURCHES OF CHRIST are interested in reproducing first century Christianity. In order to accomplish this we are attempting to “Speak where the Bible speaks, and be silent where the Bible is silent.” It is our desire to practice Christianity in its original purity and simplicity. If you are looking for a church that teaches and practices Christianity as taught in the New Testament, we invite you to read on. Please read the Bible references from your own Bible.
WE DESIRE to be and claim to be Christians only (Acts 11:26; First Peter 4:16). We are neither Catholic, Protestant, nor Jew – but Christians only. Since we are followers of Christ we wear only His name. Neither do we call the church by another’s name. It is Christ’s church and ought to wear His name (Matthew 16:18; Romans 16:16).
THE BIBLE IS OUR SOLE AUTHORITY. It is accepted as the completely inspired word of God and the only infallible guiding religious matters (Second Timothy 3:16; Jude 3).We have no human creed book, discipline, manual, nor catechism. Neither did the church of the first century. Human authorities are the sources of division, but we can all unite on what the Bible teaches.
EACH CONGREGATION of the church of Christ is self- governing. There are no district nor central headquarters passing down man-made laws to govern us. Every congregation has its own leaders to guide it according to New Testament teaching (Philippians 1:1; First Timothy 3:1-13; Acts 20:28-32). These leaders cannot make laws nor change God’s laws, but govern the congregation by following the Bible. Our only connection with other churches of Christ is our common faith and practice (Ephesians 4:1-6; 5:23). All funds contributed for the work of the church are distributed by the local congregation alone.
MEMBERS STRIVE to pattern their lives after the high moral standards set forth by Christ and the Apostles (First Peter 2:21; First Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 1:27). Fornication, drunkenness, homosexuality, stealing, lying, and other sins are condemned as that which will cause one to be lost unless
forgiveness is received from Christ (First Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21). When members fail to maintain this high standard they are encouraged to repent and restore themselves to God (Galatians 6:1; James 5:19, 20).
OUR WORSHIP is simple, devout, and conducted in a reverend manner. It is designed to draw one closer to God and provide meaningful spiritual strength (John 4:23, 24; First Corinthians 14:40).
WE PATTERN OUR WORSHIP services after those in the New Testament. We worship through prayer, singing, partaking of the Lord’s Supper, contributing financially, and for the preaching and hearing of God’s Word.
FIRST CENTURY CHRISTIANS assembled on the first day of every week to worship God (Acts 2:42; 20:7; First Corinthians 16:1,2; Hebrews 10:25).
PRAYER is an important part of our worship. In each assembly several brief prayers are offered (Acts 2:42; First Thessalonians 5:17).
SINGING is also a valuable act of worshipping God and edifying each other (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). Our singing is “a capella” as it was in the first century church. As the verses given teach, the instrument to be used is the heart.
THE MEMORIAL OF THE LORD’S SUPPER is observed every Sunday as the New Testament teaches (Hebrews 10:25; Acts 20:7). It is an important source of spiritual strength from week to week (First Corinthians 11:23-30). In partaking of this memorial we remember the Lord’s sacrifice and proclaim our faith in His second coming (First Corinthians 11:24-26).
EACH MEMBER of the congregation returns to the Lord, by a freewill contribution (First Corinthians 16:1,2; Second Corinthians 8:12; 9:6,7). There are no bazaars, auctions, or assessments to raise money.
PREACHING FROM THE BIBLE is also an important element in our worship (Acts 2:42; 20:7; Romans 1:16; First Timothy 4:1-4). Our pulpit is not a political platform nor an entertainment stage. We preach the Bible as the answer to today’s problems. (First Timothy 3:16,17) Likewise, we quote the verse to confirm our teaching (First Peter 3:15; 4:11).
If you find the Bible difficult to understand or you would like to increase your Bible knowledge, we have several programs of study which we offer to you as a free public service.
- In one series there are five lessons with an accompanying recorded narration. These lessons deal with the Bible from Genesis through Revelation. Each lesson takes about one hour. We will be happy to show these lessons at the rate of one per week in your own home at a time suitable to you. We also have a single filmstrip which demonstrates how you can become a first-century Christian in the twentieth century.
- You can request a study in your own home with our regular minister or other qualified instructors on any Bible subject. These studies will be set at a time most convenient to you. You will never be asked to accept anything which cannot be proven by the Bible. God’s word will be the only standard of authority in these studies.
- You may also choose a Bible correspondence course as a form of study. These courses are sent to your home in the mail. You complete each lesson and mail it back to us. It is then graded and returned with your next lesson. When you have finished the course, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Please state your request in the space provided below, whether you desire personal study, filmstrips, correspondence course, prayer, or family counseling.