Our services are quietly devout, designed to draw worshipers closer to God and to enable each one to grow in the knowledge and understanding of His will. Our desire and purpose is to be governed in all things by the New Testament of Jesus Christ, by the word of God alone, thus our worship consists only of those elements which God directed the early church to observe. We sing and pray, we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we preach and teach God’s word and we give of our material means for the Lord’s Cause. We wish to obey Christ’s words and have the attitude He taught when He said: “God is a Spirit; and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). We try to make every part of the worship as inspirational as possible. For example, we read in the New Testament (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16) that Christians are to sing in worship. So we encourage everyone to sing with their whole heart. Of course, we find no authority in the New Testament for the use of mechanical instruments in worship, and for this reason we do not use any. You will be amazed at how beautiful and encouraging the singing can be when it is done in harmony with the simple teachings of Christ.
Our teaching comes from the word of God, whether it is in an adult Bible study or sermon, or in one of our children’s Bible classes, geared to their age level. The Holy Scriptures can be taught from “childhood” (2 Timothy 3:15) on through every stage of development to adulthood. We do not offer gimmicks such as food or entertainment to attract people. Jesus says that such methods are useless in trying to appeal to the eternal soul in the each of us (John 6:26-27). The Lord’s Kingdom is “not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). So we offer spiritual instruction that will guide the soul to God, salvation, and ultimately eternal life. Our Bible classes are taught by capable men and women who love God’s word and who wish to teach it to others. The children’s classes are carefully gauged to teach God’s word on their level. Books, illustrations, pictures and exercises are all designed to teach God’s word orally and graphically. It is our goal in teaching to be 100% faithful to the Bible. “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:11). Of course, questions and comments concerning all that we say and do are welcome. Bible studies are open to fair, orderly discussion.
At the close of the sermon, an invitation is extended to encourage anyone who is outside of Christ to come and give himself in obedience to the gospel of Christ. In encouraging the alien sinner to obey the gospel, he is taught just what the Bible says one must do to be saved, to obtain God’s forgiveness of sins. Each one is encouraged to read for himself what the Scriptures say:
- Hear the gospel, Mark 16:15-16; Romans 10:17
- Believe the gospel, Mark 16:16; Hebrews 11:6; Romans 10:9-10
- Repent from sin, Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; Luke 13:3
- Confess Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, Matthew 10:32; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16
- Be Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, Matthew 28:18; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16
- If one is an unfaithful Christian, having turned back to the world and away from God, he is encouraged to return to God and do the following:
- Repent of his sins, Acts 8:22
- Confess those sins, 1 John 1:8
- Pray for God’s forgiveness, James 5:16, Acts 8:22
Christians Are . . .
Having submitted in obedience to the terms of the gospel, one in which obedience puts you into Christ (Galatians 3:26-27), one is then a Christian. When we go back to the Bible, back before all the religious confusion and division of today, back before human creeds and traditions alienated and divided men, we learn that God’s children were called Christians (Acts 11:26; Acts26:28; 1 Peter 4:16) without any denominational party names attached. Since the Bible provides all the spiritual instruction we need (2 Timothy 3:16-17), when we simply preach and teach and obey its truths, we will be just what Christians were in the New Testament. We will live by the same rules and do the same things in worship and work. We invite everyone, regardless of past religious affiliations, to attend our services. We use no pressure tactics, or embarrassing methods. Our guests feel free to come, observe, and see what we say and do. A warm welcome awaits you.