To be saved from our sins we must:
First hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ (
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 and
Second we must believe in Jesus Christ (
Third we must repent of our sins (
2 Corinthians 7:10 and
Fourth we must confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (
Fifth we must be baptized in order to be saved (
1 Peter 3:20-21,
Acts 2:38 and
One of the interesting things about the churches of Christ, is that we actually have no written doctrinal statement, no set creed, no list of rules or "confession of faith" that you must ascribe to in order to belong. Instead, we just open the Bible and read and do what it says - as well as we possibley can - day by day.
And it works! Even though, like any church, we have differing opinions about some things, we are usually able to agree and are always able to get along - because, after all, we are family. When something comes up, we discuss it, we look to the Bible for answers, and we love one another through it all.
What We Do
We try to adhere to a Biblical pattern of worship - we keep things fairly simple and straightforward.
For instance, we begin each Sunday morning by offering Bible-based classes for various ages with each class lasting about 35 minutes:
We currently have:
- Four different adult classes
- Six different children's classes according to age
- A "youth" group for teens
- A college group
After class, we come together for congregational singing, prayer, and communion.
We take up a collection to support the work and mission of the church (including a special collection for the poor on the first Sunday of each month).
Then, just before the sermon, we dismiss children ages 2 through 1st grade for "Kingdom Kids" - a special time of kid-focused teaching and worship.
Meanwhile, older children and adults enjoy an honest and applicable sermon, usually based around a particular passage of scripture.
At the end of the sermon, we will sing an "invitation song," which allows you a chance to respond publicly or privately, as needed.
After that, we're pretty much done - maybe a few announcements and another song - but you'll notice that a whole lot of us stick around to talk, hug, and laugh - what the Bible calls Christian "fellowship."