WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT
Many people hesitate to visit a church unless they know what it will be like when they go. We want you to feel comfortable. We know an unfamiliar place can be intimidating, so perhaps we can give you an idea of what to expect when you honor us with a visit.
OUR WORSHIP IS SIMPLE AND DEVOUT
Our services are conducted in a reverent manner and in a worshipful atmosphere. They are designed to draw worshippers closer to God and to provide enduring spiritual strength.
You can expect to find a group of Christians gathered to worship God in the same manner as did the Apostles and other Christians in the New Testament times. Since our purpose is to be governed in all things by the New Testament alone, our worship consists only of those elements which were a part of the worship of the early New Testament Church.
You can expect to see us worship God through prayer, singing, partaking of the Lord’s Supper, preaching and hearing the Word of God, and giving liberally of our means with a joyful heart for the spread of the Gospel and the relief of the needy.
These avenues of worship are ordained by God Himself
(John 4:24; 1 Timothy 2:8; Ephesians 5:19; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2). When they spring from the very heart of the worshipper, they still serve today to give sincere worshippers the same communion with God and His Son that they did for Christians in the first century.
A SPECIAL WORD ABOUT OUR SINGING
In a book rack near you, there will be a hymnbook for your use. When the song leader announces a number, you can turn to that number in the hymnbook to find the words and music.
Our singing, which is without instrumental accompaniment, and to many visitors is the most inspirational part of our worship, deserves a special word. This unusual feature of our services is not a matter of human preference, but an earnest desire to please God by respecting His choices in all things.
Since God has designated singing as the only type of music He desires as worship in the church (Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16), we are happy to comply with His choice. Just as we use only the food of God’s choice in the Lord’s Supper, and would not use or substitute any other, — for this same reason we respect God’s choice as to the kind of music He desires as worship.
OUR AUTHORITY IS THE BIBLE ALONE
Our source of authority in all religious matters is that which is found only in the inspired Scriptures. Therefore, we seek to be governed in faith, worship, organization and work by God’s Holy Word. Since the Scriptures are sufficient for our every need (2 Timothy 3:16-17), our preaching and teaching contains only that which is commanded in the Bible.
There will be several prayers during the service. There may be prayers for specific needs and requests.
You will notice that the preacher doesn’t have a title. He won’t be referred to as Pastor or Reverend. He will probably be referred to as a brother or mister or probably, just called by his first name.
The sermon will likely be from 20 to 30 minutes. We think you will find it refreshingly Bible-centered. During the sermon, you may expect to hear the preacher entreat everyone to obey the Lord’s commands, namely: BELIEVE in Christ (John 8:24), REPENT of sins (Luke 13:3), CONFESS Christ (Matthew 10:32), and be BAPTIZED into Christ for remission of sins and to become a Christian (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). Likewise, you may hear him urge those who are already members of the church to continue faithfully in worshipping and serving the Lord as the New Testament directs.
At the close of the sermon, those wishing to become Christians are invited to step to the front of the auditorium to let their wishes to known. But never is anyone singled out for public attention. People are simply urged from the pulpit to accept the Gospel and to yield to its call with deep spiritual conviction.
As our guest, you will always be treated with dignity and respect, and will never be put into any embarrassing position. Your feelings and honor really matter to us.
OUR PEOPLE ARE CHRISTIANS ONLY
The confusion and division in the religious world today is far different from the unity enjoyed by the early Christians, before traditions and distinctive names divided them. Believing such division to be contrary to the Scriptures, we have no denominational organization, name, creed or doctrine. Following the teachings of Christ and His Apostles, we are known individually as Christians, and collectively as a church of Christ.
We’re a diverse group, coming from varied backgrounds and spiritual growth. We were not brought together by any illusion of our perfection or righteousness. We were brought together by our recognition that we are sinners in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus (Mark 2:17). For that reason we can worship together, stick together, and with God’s help, accomplish some things that make a difference.