"On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." - Jesus Christ (Matt. 16:18)
The church of Christ is comprised of all of those who have responded in faith to the Gospel of Christ through a humble and submissive obedience. All those who hear the message of salvation in Christ (Rom. 10:17), believe in Jesus Christ (Heb. 11:6), turn from sin (Acts 17:30-31), confess their faith in Christ (Rom. 10:10), and are baptized in water for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38) are then added by the Lord to His body--the church (Acts 2:47). This church is not a denomination. It is not a man-made organization. It is the body of Christ (Eph. 4:4), the bride of Jesus (Eph. 5:25), and the spiritual family of God (1 Tim. 3:15).
Throughout the world Christians assemble in congregations that wear the name of Christ (Rom. 16:16), follow the doctrine of Christ (2 Tim. 4:2), worship God (John 4:24), do good (Gal. 6:10), and seek to save the lost (Matt. 28:18-20). They have no earthly headquarters, no creeds, and no councils. They are guided solely by the Word of God.
Individually, these bodies are the churches of Christ. Collectively, they comprise the singular church of Christ.
What is worship?
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:24)
Worship is the spiritual activity of offering praise unto God--the Creator of all things and the Sustainer of life. Through Christ, Christians offer up the fruit of our lips in order to give praise unto the Father (Heb. 13:15). According to Christ, those who worship God must do so in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). This means that worship is a spiritual activity to be done in accordance with the Word of God--the Truth (John 17:17). The churches of Christ seek to follow the New Testament pattern of worship. A typical Sunday worship assembly involves:
We being our worship assemblies with song. Each song is designed to glorify God and encourage the congregation. We sing as a congregation and without any instrumental accompaniment. We encourage you to sing with us as we worship from the heart (cf. Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16).
One of our young men typically reads a portion of the Bible. Many times the Scripture reading is a taste of the text from the sermon to follow. Since the Bible is God's power unto salvation, the reading of the Text is a prominent and important part in our worship (cf. Rom. 1:16; 1 Tim. 4:13).
Prayer offers an opportunity for us to commune intimately with our God. As we bow before Him and approach His throne, we are lead by one of the men from the congregation. Petitions, supplications, and thanksgiving is offered unto our Lord (1 Tim. 2:1; 1 Thes. 5:17).
THE LORD'S SUPPER
We partake of the Lord's Supper every Sunday like the Christians we read about in the New Testament. As we partake of unleavened bread and "fruit of the vine" (non-alcoholic grape juice) we reflect on the death of Jesus for our sins (cf. Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).
After focusing on the Cross of Christ we like to express our thankfulness to God by giving monetarily. Every individual has an opportunity to give anonymously and as he purposes in his heart. We don't expect you to give anything; yet, you are welcome to if you desire (cf. 1 Cor. 16:1-2).
Every Sunday a sermon will be presented publicly from the Bible. You can expect for the message to be both Biblical and practical. On average, the sermon will last between 20-30 minutes. If you would like to be baptized or are in need of prayers you will have an opportunity to respond (cf. Acts 20:7; 2 Tim. 4:2).