What To Expect
We in churches of Christ take seriously the Lord’s Words in John 4:24: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The Word of God, and specifically, the New Testament of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 8:6-13), is our standard of truth for acceptable worship (John 17:17). God has not left it up to us to do as whatever we please when we approach Him; through the inspired apostles of Christ He has directed the church in the manner in which we are to worship Him. Our goal is to do as the early church, which “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).This makes our worship distinctive from what most are accustomed to seeing in other churches.
Because we are committed to following the God-given, apostolic pattern for worship, we praise God in song, “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Colossians 3:16). Our singing is not accompanied by a piano or band or other forms of instrumental music because we do not find authority for these additions in the New Testament. We learn from God’s Word the church is to sing (Ephesians 5:19), and we do not add to what God has instructed us to do or go beyond the authority of His Word (1 Corinthians 4:6; Revelation 22:18-19). While most visitors find our a cappella singing unusual, they also find the four part harmonies beautiful and edifying.
We learn from apostolic example and instruction to the early church that God’s people are to observe the Lord’s supper when they meet every first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29), and so each Sunday we partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine in remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ. Also, our members give into a collection for the work of God’s kingdom in accordance with the teaching of God’s Word (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
In our worship assembly we also offer prayer to our Heavenly Father in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and listen to the preaching of the life-changing, soul saving gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16). Our preaching is Bible-based, for we are to “speak as the oracles of God,” (1 Peter 4:11). We are committed to exalting God by teaching and preaching “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) and citing book, chapter and verse as we exalt God and focus on hearing His will for our lives revealed in the scriptures.
You will also find a warm welcome from friendly folks who want to help you understand God’s will for life and his plan for salvation so that we can be sure we are saved by His grace and have the hope of eternal life. We hope you can attend one of our worship assemblies or Bible classes soon. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.