Our mission is to seek and save the lost, the same mission Jesus had when He came to earth (Luke 19:10). We strive to bring the gospel, or good news, of Jesus Christ to the community and beyond, believing that one can find salvation from sin only in His name (Acts 4:12). It is also our goal to edify and encourage one another in the faith we share (Hebrews 10:24). We trust you will discover among us a spirit of love and family as we serve God together (John 13:35). Simply put, we are New Testament Christians using the Word of God to answer all our questions regarding God’s will, salvation, the church, and worship. We desire nothing more or less than to speak as God has spoken (1 Peter 4:11).
Perhaps you have wondered why so many different churches exist in the world today, each advocating a particular doctrine or viewpoint and sometimes differing on such fundamental issues as the plan of salvation. It can be frustrating and confusing trying to discern which religious group is truly following the Bible, but God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). In fact, the Bible tells us there should be no divisions among us (1 Corinthians 1:10). It is clear that God’s plan for the church does not include denominationalism (John 17:20-21).
The Lord promised to build His church (Matthew 16:18), and the Apostle Paul informs us that there is only one body, or church (Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4). The Lord adds us to His church when we submit to the terms of the gospel and are saved (Acts 2:38, 41, 47). At this point we are known simply as Christians (Acts 11:26). We do not wear the names of men to identify ourselves religiously, a practice the Apostle Paul clearly spoke against in 1 Corinthians 1:10-13.
Because we want to honor God and His plan, we try to the very best of our ability to be the Lord’s church through our obedience to the gospel and the teachings of the New Testament. We realize we are ever learning and growing in Christ. Should we be mistaken on any point or issue, we pray we all will have hearts tender enough to be touched by the truth and will make changes in our lives.
Our worship services provide a wonderful opportunity for Christians to meet together to praise God and uplift one another. You will find us all coming together in one place for worship, rather than dividing into classes, because of the New Testament pattern (1 Corinthians 14:23). In this one assembly, all may learn and be comforted, including children (1 Corinthians 14:31).
Jesus tells us our worship must be in spirit and truth to be accepted by God (John 4:24). Because of this, we always attempt to worship God from the heart and according to the truth of His Word. In our assemblies, you will find us engaging in the following acts of worship according to God’s directions. We invite you to join with us and experience the joy of praising our Creator in heartfelt worship.
Several songs of praise are sung during our services. You may notice the lack of instrumental accompaniment to our religious music. This is our practice because God’s Word teaches us to sing and make melody in our hearts to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19). Because of this command and because the New Testament nowhere authorizes the use of any other type of music in worship, we employ only vocal music in our services, singing with thankfulness in our hearts (Colossians 3:16).
In our worship services, you may hear three or more prayers offered to God at different times as we ask Him for guidance, thank Him for His blessings, and request His help for those in need (Philippians 4:6; 1 Timothy 2:1-3).
We encourage you to follow along in your Bible as the Word of God is taught. The teaching is done only by men because of the Lord’s instruction in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-12. We pray that you will find the teaching edifying and doctrinally sound as the speaker attempts to present the truth in love (Titus 2:1; Ephesians 4:15). Should you have any questions or comments about the lesson, we would be happy to hear from you after the service concludes. We encourage you to search the Scriptures to verify the truth of the teaching (Acts 17:11).
During every Sunday morning worship service, we participate in the communion, remembering the death of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:7;1 Corinthians 11:23-26). In accordance with the scriptural pattern, a man takes one loaf of unleavened bread, gives thanks and blesses it, breaks off a piece, and then passes the loaf to the rest of the congregation so that each member may partake by breaking off a piece. He then takes the cup containing grape juice, gives thanks and blesses it, takes a drink, and passes it to the rest of the congregation to drink from (Mark 14:23). We acknowledge the words of Christ concerning the spiritual significance of each element used in the communion. We understand the loaf to represent His sacrificial body and the cup containing the fruit of the vine to represent the New Covenant in His blood (Luke 22:19-20). People who come to visit us sometimes wonder whether they should partake of the communion. Anyone who is not a member of the church should not feel obligated to participate in the Lord’s Supper.
During our Sunday morning services, we pass around a collection basket for the convenience of members, who contribute financially to the Lord’s work and the needs of Christians (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). This collection takes place only once a week on the Lord’s Day and is required only of members of the church. You should not feel compelled to give if you are visiting.
Near the conclusion of our services, we extend an invitation for non-Christians to obey the gospel of Christ by believing in Jesus (Mark 16:16), repenting of sin (Acts 17:30), confessing Christ (Romans 10:9-10), and being baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). No one will be singled out or embarrassed. If you would like to be baptized in a more private setting or if you have any questions, we would be happy to assist you. We stand ready to serve.
It is our sincere hope that you will make plans to visit us soon! May God bless us all as we serve Him!