Visiting a congregation you aren’t familiar with can be a bit unnerving, especially when you’re not certain what to expect.
We understand that people who visit us may come from a variety of backgrounds, levels of understanding and spiritual maturity.Below is a brief summary of what we believe, how we worship and a description of our work and why. If you have any questions about why we believe and do what we do please don’t be embarrassed to ask.
Who We Are:
Christians, simply Christians. That’s who we are.
The Bible doesn’t speak of denominational, religious or sectarian divisions within the Lord’s church in any approved manner. In fact, it condemns disunity among believers. The scriptures admonish all believers to have the same mind and same judgment regarding matters of faith (1 Cor. 1:10). If we believe differently we need to pray and study together to work out our differences rather than remain divided.
What We Believe:
We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God. We are instructed “not to think beyond what is written” in the scriptures (1 Cor. 4:6). Therefore, our earnest desire is to live, teach, work and worship exactly as the scriptures instruct us to, nothing more, nothing less.
We live in a world filled with religious sects all claiming Christ and at the same time they splintered by religious division, confusion and chaos…churches that teach and practice things not grounded in scripture (compare Col. 1:23).
The cause of religious division and confusion is man (1 Cor. 14:33). The Holy Spirit says that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Therefore scripture is sufficient to tell us what to believe (doctrine), for knowing what to rebuke as wrong (reproof), how to correct what is wrong (correction) and how to live right before God (instruction in righteousness). It makes us “complete” (needing nothing further) and “thoroughly equipped for every good work. In other words we don’t need anything other than the word of God to know how to live a life that is pleasing to Him.
Therefore we are striving to be a church that has gone back to restore those long forgotten Bible principles and to live by them.
Bible Study: We have regular opportunities throughout the week where we study the Bible together. Within these time periods we welcome honest ant thoughtful questions and comments from everyone. In fact, studies are more enriching when several people bring the fruits of their studies to the table to share with others.
Worship: We strive to follow the instructions and examples given in the Bible very closely. The Bible is full of examples where others did not follow the Lord’s instructions exactly as intended and it made God angry with them (Lev. 10:1-2; Num. 20:7-12, 1 Chr. 13:10, 2 Chr. 26:19, etc.). We want to please God, not anger Him against us. So we worship God only in those ways that we read describing worship by the church in the New Testament.
Prayer: We pray as the early church did (Ac. 12:12).
Singing: We worship in song (Col. 3:16), the fruit of our lips (Heb. 13:15). We sing acapella (without the instrument). The scriptures never mention that Christians in the Bible ever either worshiped with instruments nor were they ever instructed to do so or would have done so given the opportunity.
The Lord gave us the communion (or Lord’s Supper) as a memorial of His blood and body that He gave as a sacrifice for the sins of the world (Mat. 26:26-30) which the first century Christians took “often” (1 Cor. 11:17-32; see also Ac. 20:7).
Preaching: Teaching was a part of (at least some) of the assemblies of the first century church (Ac. 20:7).
The early church was instructed by Jesus Himself saying “make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Mat. 28:19-20). All means all but limits it to mean nothing more.
Luke 6:40 defines the ideal disciple saying, “everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.” (NKJV)
Therefore our mission is two-fold:
First, we strive to imitate Christ within our own lives by observing what He taught .
Secondly, our mission is to make disciples of Christ by teaching others to act as He did and keep His commandments (Rom. 10:14-15).
“If you wish to change the world in any meannigful way it must be changed one heart at a time.” – anonymous
We hope and pray that you will consider joining us.