We are a non-denominational
body of believers whose goal is to be “Christians only”, united not by creed
or institution, but by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and our common
salvation. All are welcome, and our congregation is made up of people
from many different backgrounds. This common faith keeps us together
as a church family.
Jesus said, “God is spirit,
and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).
We seek to obey this principle of scripture in all our worship, and believe
that we should look at the practices of those early Christians who walked
and talked with the Apostles (who themselves walked with and were taught by
Jesus himself) as a guide to worship that honors God. Through study of
the Apostles’ teachings found in the New Testament, we believe that the
worship of the early church was expressed in their gatherings through
prayer, singing, study of the scriptures and preaching, giving,
participating in the Lord’s Supper (also known as Communion), and
encouraging one another in the faith.
A worship practice that
sets churches of Christ apart from many other groups is that of
congregational a cappella singing. This again goes back to our desire
to sing as the early church and Apostles sang, and the result is a blending
of all voices, seeking to praise and glorify God in spirit and truth.
(Matthew 26:30, Acts 16:25, Romans 15:9, 1 Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians
5:18-19, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 2:12, James 5:13)
Another practice you will
notice is the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper. This practice
was instituted by Jesus himself during his last meal with His disciples
before going to the cross, and has been eaten together in His honor on the
first day of the week by Christians for nearly 2,000 years. The Supper
is a reminder of the sacrifice He made for us, the covenant we have with
God, and our common relationship with each other because of our faith.
(Matthew 26:17-30, Acts 2:42-47, Acts 20:7)
You will find that we are a people who value the Bible very highly. In our assemblies there will be scriptures read, and there will be a message of encouragement from the Bible as well. We hope you will find the messages enlightening, challenging, convicting, and encouraging. Sometimes after the message people will respond by asking for prayers of the church, or there may be a baptism. After study, prayer, and meditation, an individual may desire to be baptized as a means of remission of sins and salvation (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, John 3:5, 1 Peter 3:21). When a person is baptized into Christ for these reasons, he or she becomes a Christian and is added to the church by the Lord. We practice, as did the early church, baptism by immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Since Christ died to save the whole world and the invitation to share in the saving grace is open to everyone (Acts 10:34-35, Revelation 22:17) we do not believe that anyone is predestined for salvation or condemnation. To accept or reject Christ is an important choice. Wherever you are at this moment, we hope you will decide to accept the love and salvation offered by Christ. May God bless you richly as you diligently seek Him.