Who Are We
We hold the Bible to be God’s word, the only source of our faith and practice. Our objective is to “restore” the New Testament church in our time – to determine from the Bible what the church was like in the beginning, and to be like that. We believe this is a worthy and reverent goal. When you come to visit us, you may be interested to know what our worship looks like. Below we will walk you through a typical worship service.
We use no choirs, organs or bands but just the unmatched melody of the human voice. Our music, you see is “a capella,” that is, voices without accompaniment. It is also congregational; everyone participates fully as we worship the Lord. There are hymnals made available and we also use a projector to list the words to our worship songs. Our music is a conviction with us, not merely a preference. We interpret the New Testament verse “making melody with your heart to the Lord,” (Ephesians 5:19), to be a mandate from God to use our voices and hearts as instruments of praise in singing to His Name; adding mechanical instruments detracts from this simple musical expression. We believe you will find this to be an uplifting experience.
You will find that we pray to our Heavenly Father during the service. We believe that it is important to make our requests known to Him and to pray for specific needs of individuals or of the church (I Timothy 1:1,2).
You will notice the absence of titles such as Pastor or Reverend. The preacher of the gospel message is simply called by his given name. You will also notice the absence of special clothing or robes to set the preacher apart. The reason is that the scriptures teach the priesthood of all believers (l Peter 2:5,9); there is no “clergy/laity” distinction in the New Testament. The sermon will likely be from 60 to 70 minutes. We think you will find it refreshingly Bible-centered (2 Timothy 4:1-5).
At the close of the sermon an invitation will be offered, allowing those who wish to do so an expedient opportunity to respond to the message preached. Those who respond do so by coming forward as the congregation sings a hymn. Please don¹t feel ill-at-ease during the invitation. You will not be singled out or embarrassed in any way. There may be several who respond, maybe none. Some may respond to be baptized; some to confess sins and to request prayers for strength; some to ask for prayers for a specific need; some to request prayers for victories the Lord has granted. Others, new to the area, may wish to identify themselves as a believer who wishes to labor with our congregation. Those who respond for baptism will be baptized during the assembly. The baptism will be by immersion (Colossians 2:12), and will be for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
THE LORD’S SUPPER:
Churches of Christ observe this memorial every Lord’s Day, and visiting on a Sunday morning you will find this to be a central feature of our worship. Once again, the reason for our practice is a desire to follow New Testament teaching. The first century church celebrated this observance on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). History also testifies that in early centuries the Lord’s Supper was an every-Sunday commemoration. During this memorial, plates containing unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. Following this, trays of grape juice will be distributed. This is done in keeping with New Testament teaching, reminding us of the body and blood of The Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:23-25).
In keeping with the New Testament, we give as we have prospered on the first day of every week (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).