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The Church of Christ

The word church means "assembly" or "called out," describing not a building, but a group of men and women called out of a sinful world to serve God, spread His message, and help one another (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Pet. 2:9; Matt. 28:19-20; cf. Matt. 22:37-40). The Bible teaches that upon becoming a Christian, one becomes a member of the church (Acts 2:47). In a universal sense, the church is comprised of all Christians (Matt. 16:18; Col. 1:18; 1 Cor. 12:13), and in a local sense it is comprised of Christians meeting in a particular location (Rom. 16:16; 1 Cor. 1:2).

What We Believe

The following list of beliefs is not exhaustive, yet it sets forth some basics. You will notice that each point is accompanied by Scripture references (as is the rest of this site). If you open your Bible and read these passages you will find that they are accurately quoted and applied. We practice the admonition given by the apostle Paul, "Prove all things; hold fast what is good" (1 Thess. 5:21).

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ came to this earth as the one true God, manifested in the flesh to live a sinless life, and ultimately sacrifice Himself for our sins (Jn. 1:14; Heb. 4:15; Rom. 5:8-9; Jn. 3:16). Through His death He has provided access to the gift of eternal life for all who believe in, love, and obey Him (Heb. 5:9). He is the head of the church and, as our head, we yield to His instructions concerning our purpose, work, and worship (see below), as given in the Bible. "For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body" (Eph. 5:23, see also Eph. 1:22-23; Matt. 28:18 and Deity of Christ).

The Truth

The truth is knowable and absolute. Though this is not a popular concept in the world, we hold to Scriptural teachings on this subject. "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (Jn. 8:31-32). The Bible encompasses God's truth (Jn. 17:17).

The Bible

The Bible is the inspired Word of God. By inspired we mean that the actual words and thoughts are from God. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God... knowing this first that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 1 Cor. 2:10-13 see also Inspiration of the Scriptures). The Bible is our standard of authority, in which we strive to live according to "...the pattern of sound words..." contained therein (2 Tim. 1:13).


Every person who has committed a sin is in need of salvation (cf. Isa. 59:2; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 6:23), which is available to all those who submit to Jesus Christ. God does not show partiality, therefore all are given the same conditions of pardon (Acts 10:34-35). "We believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved..." (Acts 15:11) and "He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him" (Heb. 5:9). Salvation comes through an obedient faith in Jesus Christ (cf. Rom. 5-6; Jas. 2:14-26). See What is a Christian?

How We Worship

The Bible teaches that "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (Jn. 4:24). This statement gives us the basics of worship:

  • Our worship must be directed to the proper audience, that is God.
  • We must worship with the proper attitude.
  • We must worship according to the truth, the Word of God (Jn. 17:17).

The acts of worship practiced by the church, as described in the New Testament, include singing (Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16, Heb. 2:12), prayer (Acts 2:42; Phil. 4:6), partaking of the Lord's Supper (Acts 2:42, Acts 20:7), giving (1 Cor. 16:1-2), and preaching (Acts 20:7).


Song books are located in the racks in each pew (bench seat). Each song in the book has a corresponding number that the song leader will call out prior to singing.

Where is the piano?

What many people will notice during the service is the absence of mechanical instruments. This is because there is no indication that the first century Christians used instruments in their worship (Matt. 26:30, Acts 16:25, Rom. 15:9, 1 Cor. 14:15, Eph. 5:18-19, Col. 3:16, Heb. 2:12, Jas. 5:13).


Several men of the congregation will be called upon to lead prayers during the service (cf. 1 Tim. 2:8). Through prayer we are able to praise, honor, petition, and give thanks to God. (Phil. 4:6) We are to pray fervently with faith (Matt. 21:22; Mark 11:24; Jas. 5:16).

The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper is a memorial instituted by Jesus on the night of His betrayal (Matt. 26:26-29) and we observe it in memory of His death (1 Cor. 11:24-25). The emblems are unleavened bread (symbolizing His body) and fruit of the vine (symbolizing His blood) (1 Cor. 10:16). During this portion of the service, trays containing the bread will be passed, followed by trays of small cups containing grape juice.

The First Day of Every Week

We partake of the Lord's Supper the first day of every week. For on this day Christ was resurrected from the dead (Matt. 28), and the church was established (Acts 2). The first is "that day" of which Jesus spoke concerning His coming kingdom (Matt. 26:29; cf. Acts 2:42). It was on this day that the disciples came together every week for this very purpose (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:17-29).


A collection is taken the first day of every week (1 Cor. 16:1-2) in order to support the work of the church. This is an opportunity to give back a portion of what we have been given by God (1 Tim. 6:17). A Christian should give "as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Cor. 9:7).

After the Lord's Supper, collection plates will be passed to receive these offerings. Visitors are not expected to give, so feel free to pass the plate on to the next person.


God desires all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4), and preaching is what allows this to happen (Rom. 10:14-17). It is the preaching of God's Word that convinces, exhorts, rebukes (2 Tim. 4:2), edifies, and helps us apply the Bible to our everyday lives.

The Invitation

At the close of the sermon, the preacher will explain what the Bible teaches is necessary for one to become a Christian, and extend an invitation to come to the front of the auditorium to anyone who wishes to do so, as a song of encouragement is sung.

If anyone does respond to the invitation, they will be baptized during the service. There also may be members of the church who come forward requesting prayers, in which a prayer will be offered on their behalf.