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We strive to be the same church described in the New Testament.
It is our purpose to be completely identified with the Christians of the first Century. We believe this to be possible to all who will learn, believe, and be guided by the plain teaching of the word of God. Jesus declared such to be “the seed of the Kingdom” (Luke 8: 11). A fundamental truth in nature is that a specific kind of seed, when planted, will always produce after its kind. For example, wheat will produce wheat; corn will produce corn. In like manner, the word of God, when planted in the hearts of honest people, and obeyed, will produce Christians just as it did in the first Century- nothing more or nothing less. We are human, and therefore subject to error, so we recognize the possibility that we may be wrong in our application of the scriptures. But if we can be shown where we are wrong-by the scriptures-we are willing and anxious to change.
No, we are not just another denomination.
Neither are we inter-denominational. It is our sincere desire to be non-denominational. It is our wish and purpose to wear no other name than Christ’s, and to be known simply as Christians, members of the body of Christ-the church of Christ. Such was clearly true of the Lord’s people in the first Century (Acts 11:26; I Peter 4:16; Ephesians 1: 22, 23; Colosians 1: 18; Romans 16:16). Collectively we refer to ourselves as the church of Christ, the Lord’s church, or some other scriptural description, not in an attempt to be “sectarian,” but on the contrary, to identify ourselves as the church belonging to Christ.
Our emphasis is spiritual not material or social.
We are not concerned with the building of pretentious architectural monuments to human pride. Our building is merely a tool designed to facilitate our work and worship. While as individual Christians we seek each others’ association socially, the church is not a “front” for a social club or agency, and therefore the Lord’s treasury is not used to promote social functions. Our aim is spiritual 1 Peter 2: 5; I Timothy 3:15).
We have no human head.
There is no man, or group of men, who legislate for the church. We have no one to answer to but Christ. He is at the head of the church (Ephesians 1: 22) which leaves no room for any human head. As was true in the first century, there is no inter-congregational organization, but rather interdependent congregations in different locations with Christ as Lord and Master. According to the authority of Christ, when a congregation matures to the point where men meet the qualifications, overseers (also called bishops, elders or pastors) are appointed to look after the spiritual welfare of the congregation. Such men are appointed only when the congregation determines that they meet all the qualifications enumerated by the apostle Paul in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1: 5-9. They then have the responsibility to “feed the flock” with the s
What To Expect When You Come To Worship With Us:
Our assembled worship procedures are simple, spiritual and orderly, key-noted by the words of Jesus, who said, “true worshippers shall worship the father in spirit and truth” (John 4: 23-24). Absent is the frenzied emotionalism so common in churches today. Each element of worship find its origin in the commands and examples found in the New Testament.
The entire assembly joins in singing gospel songs. There is no choir or special groups, but simple congregational singing. Since we find no evidence in the New Testament that the early church used mechanical instruments to accompany their singing, we do not use them in our worship (Ephesians 5: 19; Colossians 3: 16).
The congregation is lead in prayer by one of the men in the assembly. We pray, not only to praise and thank God, but also to ask for our needs and the needs of others (I Timothy 2: 1-4).
The lessons and sermons are designed to teach God’s word so as to encourage compliance by those who listen. It has become increasingly popular for preachers to appear sensational by discussing subjects not revealed in the Bible, advancing fantastic theories and speculations, and even laying claim to miraculous powers. We make no claim for sensationalism-just a period of plain Bible teaching and study.
The Lords supper
Like the church in the time the New Testament was written, we partake of the Lord’s supper each first day of the week (Acts 20: 7). The supper consists of unleavened bread and fruit of the vine as memorials of the body and blood of Jesus (I Cor. 11:20-36).
Giving as we prosper
We do not take up a collection every time we meet, but only on the first day of the week as we have in the example in I Cor. 16: 1-2. Should you attend our Sunday service when the collection basket is passed through the entire assembly you are not expected to give. This is the responsibility of our members, not our guests.
Please come and worship with us.