Many people hesitate to visit a church unless
they know what it will be like when they go. We hope this
pamphlet will help you know what to expect when you visit
WE ARE NOT A DENOMINATION…
Neither are we inter-denominational. It is our
sincere desire to be nondenominational, to wear no other
name than Christ’s and to be known simply as Christians,
members of the body of Christ (Acts 11:26; Ephesians
1:22-23). Collectively we refer to ourselves as the
church of Christ, the Lord’s church, or some other
scriptural description to identify ourselves as the saved
people belonging to Christ (Ephesians 5:23).
WE STRIVE TO BE
THE SAME CHURCH DESCRIBED IN THE NEW
It is our purpose to be identified with the
Christians of the first century. We believe this to be
possible to all who will learn, believe and be guided by
the plain teachings of God’s word. When Jesus declared
such to be "the seed of the kingdom" (Luke 8:11), He was
emphasizing a known fact of nature that specific kinds of
seed, when planted, will always produce after their kind.
For example, wheat will always produce wheat. In like
manner the word of God, when planted in the hearts of
honest people, and obeyed, will produce Christians just
like it did in the first century – nothing more and
WE HAVE NO HUMAN HEAD…
There is no man,
or group of men, who legislate for the church. We have no one
to answer to except Christ our Lord. He is the head of the
church (Colossians 1:18). There is no human head. As was true
in the first century, there is no human head. As was true in
the first century, there is no inter-congregational
organization. Congregations in different locations, with Christ
as Lord, function independently of each other. According to the
authority of Christ, when a church matures to the point where
two or more men meet the qualifications, overseers (called
bishops, elders and pastors) are
appointed to look after the affairs of the local church. Such
men are appointed when they meet all the qualifications listed
in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 3:5-9. They then have the
responsibility to "feed the flock" with spiritual food found in
the scriptures, and to be examples to others (I Peter 5:1-3).
In the churches of Christ, preachers are not "pastors" (unless
they meet the qualifications cited above), but are simply
teachers of the gospel.
THE BIBLE IS OUR ONLY GUIDE…
Therefore, we have no man-made creeds to follow.
We are governed in faith and conducted by the Bible
alone. While recognizing the guiding principles of the
Old Testament (Hebrews 1:1-2; I Peter 4:11), we accept
the Bible as being verbally inspired and infallible in
content (II Peter 1:20-21; I Corinthians 2:11-13).
Consequently, when the Bible speaks upon any given
subject, its pronouncement is accepted as final. By its
own testimony, no one may alter a single word with
impunity (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation
OUR PLEA FOR UNITY
We plead for unity
among all who obediently respond to the doctrine and
commandments given in the New Testament. Such is in harmony
with the prayer of Jesus, and the pleading of the apostles
(John 17:29-31; I Corinthians 1:10;
Ephesians 4:1-6). We consider such unity to be possible, or
Jesus would not have prayed for it. Since division has always
been the result of departure from God’s pattern, we believe
division can be healed by a return to the revealed truth of
God’s word. For this unity we plead.
WHAT IS DONE IN OUR ASSEMBLY?
Our worship procedures are simple, spiritual and
orderly, key-noted by the words of Jesus, who said "true
worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth"
(John 4:23-24). The frenzied emotionalism so common in
churches today is absent. Each element of worship finds
its origin in the commands and examples found in the New
The entire assembly joins in the singing of
gospel songs. There is no choir or special groups but
simple congregational singing. Since there is no evidence
in the New Testament that the early church used
mechanical instruments to accompany their singing, we do
not use them in our worship (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians
The congregation is led in prayer by one of the
men in the assembly. We pray, not only to praise and
thank God, but also to ask for our needs and the needs of
others (I Timothy 2:1-4).
The lessons and sermons are designed to teach
God’s word so as to encourage compliance by those who
listen. It has become increasingly popular for preachers
to appear sensational by discussing subjects not revealed
in the Bible and even laying claim to miraculous powers.
We make no such claims but provide plain Bible teaching
THE LORD’S SUPPER
Like the church during the time the New
Testament was written, we partake of the Lord’s supper
each first day of the week (Acts 20:7). The supper
consists of unleavened bread and fruit of the vine as
memorials to the body and blood of Jesus (I Corinthians
GIVING AS WE PROSPER
We do not take up collection every time we meet,
but only on the first day of the week (I Corinthians
16:1-2). Should you attend our Sunday services when the
collection is taken, you are not expected to give. This
is the responsibility of the members, not the
WHERE TO GO?
In the midst of the religious confusion of our
day, where can the really sincere and honest person go?
Go to your Bible. Search the scriptures! Find the church
that is in the Bible!
Forget about all the different things you have
always heard about the church. Find out what the Bible
says about it and you will have the truth! To many people
are reading the latest popular respected theologian or
listening to the "high powered" evangelist that draws the
crowds. You need to look for the church in the Bible, and
when you find it you can be sure you will find the Bible
in the church!