We want you to visit us, but we
realize an unfamiliar place can be intimidating. We want you to feel
comfortable, so we have prepared this article to tell you what you can expect
when you honor us with a visit
In the early days, after the Lord's church began, it was much
different than the denominations of today. Throughout the generations man has
altered virtually every aspect of Christ's church including its teachings, its
worship and its practices.
Today, you will find many different religious organizations, each
claiming to uphold Biblical teachings and practices, yet each teaching many
contrasting doctrines. This is, at the very least, extremely confusing for
anyone searching for God's truth (John 8:32).
Our plea to those of all denominations is "The Restoration Of
True New Testament Christianity." We believe the Bible has the answers to all of
our religious needs. It is not our aim to be influenced simply by habit,
preference and tradition, but rather to be a Bible-centered church.
We will, therefore, always attempt to give scriptural reasons for
our teachings and practices. We invite you to join us in our quest for true New
Testament Christianity (Matthew 7:21-23).
The Worship Setting
The worship setting will be a simple one. Some congregations meet
in homes or rented facilities, but most meet in a modest building that has been
erected or purchased for the purpose of worship. You will find no elaborate
architecture or costly furnishings, simply a structure where God's people gather
to praise and honor Him.
The Worship is Simple And Dignified
We truly hope you will be touched by the simplicity and dignity
of the worship services. In our worship, all persons will worship together
rather than being divided into classes or groups. We feel this best keeps in
harmony with the pattern of the early church, as well as providing the most
profitable learning experience for each family member.
Each worship service is designed to draw every person closer to
God and provide an atmosphere that will allow all to worship God in spirit and
in truth (John 4:24).
Since all we do is governed by the word of God, you will find us
observing only those things contained therein. We shall do our best to duplicate
the Biblical pattern of the early church in everything we do. The following
describes our worship.
Our song service may seem different from that customarily
practiced in many churches. All the singing will be "acappella," that is,
without instrumental accompaniment. As Christians we are commanded to sing and
make melody in our hearts to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16). Common
men introduced instrumental music into Christian worship after 666 A.D.
Since the New Testament makes no mention of instrumental music,
we feel it would be an addition to God's will if we added and employed
instruments of music.
The songs will be melodious psalms, hymns and spiritual type
songs (Colossians 3:16). Each song will be selected so as to praise and glorify
God and create an atmosphere of worship.
You will find a songbook in a bookrack nearby. When the song
leader announces a song, you may use the songbook to follow the words and music
of the song. Please sing along with us and experience the joy of praising our
There may be several prayers during the service. Prayers are
designed to praise God, thank Him for His blessings, intercede for others, and
petition Him to meet our needs (Philippians 4:6, Matthew 6:9-13).
The teaching will be done by men only, speaking one at a time.
The women will remain silent, not because we think they are inferior, but
because of God's teaching in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 & 1 Timothy 2:12-13.
You will notice that the teacher will have no title, and will not
be wearing any special religious garments which will set him apart from others.
The reason for this is Christ's teaching in Matthew 23:8-12 and the teaching on
the priesthood of all believers found in First Peter 2:5, 9.
The teaching service is designed to instruct and exhort in ways
of righteousness. You are encouraged to follow the speaker in your Bible as the
lesson is presented, and to take notes for further study (Acts 17:11). Our goal
is to present sound Biblical teaching so that all present will be edified.
An invitation will be offered at the close of the sermon. This is
a convenient time when any number of desires can be expressed by those in the
audience. There may be some who desire to become a Christian. There may be
Christians who desire to confess sins or request prayer for a specific need.
Don't feel uncomfortable or pressured during this invitation. If,
however, you have a need, we will be glad to assist you. You will never be
singled out or embarrassed in any way. During this time there may be several who
respond, or none.
The Lord's Supper
If you visit on a Sunday morning, the Lord's Supper, or
Communion, will be observed just as we understand it to have been done on the
night our Lord introduced it (Matthew 26:26-28, Luke 22:19-20).
The brother attending the table will take bread, bless it, break
a piece from it, eat, and pass it to another until each Christian has broken and
eaten. He will then take the cup containing Fruit of the Vine, bless it, drink,
and pass it to another until each Christian has partaken (1 Corinthians 10:16-
This is the simple New Testament pattern repeated at this
congregation each first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
If you choose not to participate, feel free to just pass the
plate or cup to the person next to you.
You will not find us soliciting money through any special
offerings, spaghetti or pie suppers, bake sales, car washes or any other fund
raising methods. The Lord's church is financed by the collection or contribution
of the members, which is taken only during the Lord's Day morning worship
service in accordance with the teaching found in First Corinthians 16:1-2. At
this time Christians are to give as they have been prospered and as they
purposed in their hearts (Second Corinthians 9:7). As our guest, you are not
expected to participate in the contribution, but you should feel free to do so
if you wish.
WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE WILL YOU FIND?
The answer to that question is "a great variety." In society we
are segregated by many factors such as race, nationality, color, economic
status, education, and cultural backgrounds, among other factors.
The common bond that men and women enjoy in Jesus Christ erases
those boundaries. All those who have obediently accepted Jesus Christ are simply
Christians - not American Christians or Russian Christians: not white Christians
or black Christians; not rich Christians or poor Christians or "whatever"
Christians - just Christians (Galatians 3:28, Acts 11:26).
As Christians we are a family and we enjoy a unique care, comfort
and concern that only a family shares. Just like in a family, you will find
happy people and sad people; friendly people and unfriendly people; loving
people and selfish people. You will also find people who know a lot and those
who know little. We're not perfect. We don't know it all.
We were not brought together by our illusions of perfection, but
by the common need we have for a Savior. This is the glue which holds us
together in spite of our imperfections. Please consider becoming part of our
How Can I Become A Christian?
I must first realize that I have sins in my life and because of
that I am in need of a Savior (Romans 3:23; 6:23).
I must understand that through His grace, God did what I could
not do. He provided a Savior for me, the gift of His one and only Son, Jesus
Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10, John 3:16, Acts 4:10-12, Romans 5:8).
I must then answer the question, "What Must ‘I do' to be saved?"
Or "Is there something ‘I must do' to gain access to God's grace?"
God's Word Says There Is
I must accept God's gift through faith (Ephesians 2:8-10).
This faith must be an obedient faith (James 2:14-20, Matthew
This faith must be a faith that repents of sins (Luke 13:3, Acts
This faith must be a faith that confesses faith in Jesus Christ
(Romans 10:9, Acts 8:37, Philippians 2:9-11, Matthew 10:32).
This faith must be a faith that submits to baptism in water for
the remission of sins (Acts 2:38, 8:36, 22:16) so that I might "put on Christ"
This faith must be a faith that causes me to "walk in newness of
life" as a Christian and child of God (Romans 6:1-4, Titus 2:11-14, Second
By virtue of the obedient faith that I have demonstrated in
submitting to the Lord's teachings regarding the question "What Must I Do To Be
Saved?", the Lord adds me to His church(Acts2:47). I'm then a New Testament
Christian and part of God's family.
YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME
You are extremely important to the people of this congregation. A
friendly smile and warm welcome awaits you. You will never be singled out for
public attention or embarrassed in any way. Each visitor at this place is an