What can you expect when you visit us?

Probably the most common question that is asked by people who visit our church is…

Where’s the Piano?

 

Where's the piano

The absence of instrumental music is the first thing people notice when they visit us and they are surprised to hear a mixture of voices without musical backup.   In his book, “Where’s the Piano,” Dan Chambers gives a  solid and biblical defense as to why the “Churches of Christ” sing without the accompaniment of instrumental music in our worship services.  But what most people fail to realize, is that we do use instruments,  just not physical or mechanical ones.  We use the natural and spiritual instruments that God gave us.  Our mouths, lips, teeth, tongue, diaphragm and vocal chords.  That is how we sing.  And yes, we can “Make a Joyful” noise without physical and mechanical instruments.

Click below for samples of music   

 
Awesome God (3:34 minutes)

Lord, Be There (1:52 minutes)

We Will Glorify (2:22 minutes

The reason why we sing only and only sing in our worship services is because there is no scriptural mention of instruments in the New Testament.  Instrumental music was not practiced by the Apostles nor by the first century Christians in the Lord’s church.  Singing, is the only form of music which is mentioned and illustrated in the New Testament which is the testament that spiritually governs us today (not the Old Testament).  Yes, Jubal invented instruments and yes, David played instruments, but not under the law of Grace and Truth i.e. the New Testament.  God allowed the practice of instrumental music under the Old Law (Old Testament) but there is a visible and noticeable absence of such practices in the New Testament.  Consider the following scriptures; Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 14:15, Hebrews 2:12, Hebrews 13:15 and James 5:13, and let the Bible be your guide.  Please contact us for;  more information, a Bible study or music. 

 

 

WHY BAPTISM?

This is the next most common question that is asked by people when they visit us.

 

Baptism pic

Dan Chambers wonderfully and adequately addresses this very good question in his book , “Is Baptism really necessary?”  And the answer is… Yes, it is necessary.  Baptism is commanded, inferred and illustrated (examples) in the New Testament (read the entire book of Acts) and it is an important step that leads to eternal salvation.

Consider what baptism does:

Acts 2:38:     It is for the forgiveness of sins

Acts 2:47:     It add you to the Lord’s church

Acts 22:16:    It washes away your sins

Mark 16:16 and 1 Peter 3: 21:   It is enables you to obtain eternal salvation

To become a candidate for baptism one must do the following:

Hear God’s Word:   Romans 10:17

Believe God’s Word:   Hebrews 11:6 

Repent of their sins:    Luke 13:3 & 5

Confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God:   Matthew 10:32

And then be baptized:   (Read the above scriptures)

 

*We do not practice Infant baptism because they are not scriptural candidates.

NOTE:   The word baptize is derived from an original Greek word “Baptizo” which means, “immersion or burial,” and not sprinkling or pouring.   So, in order to be spiritually correct with God and His word, we must baptize in the manner which was practiced in the New Testament by Christians, and that “Immersion under Water.”  Read:  Romans 6:3 and 4  –  and be BURIED WITH HIM.

Here is one final point about baptism and the need and significance of it.  If Christ, who was sinless was baptized as an example for us (Matthew 3:16), why would we question and argue the importance of it?  Please contact us for a Bible study or for more information about baptism.

 

 

COMMUNION (The Lord’s Supper)

communion trays

 

(A weekly privilege and blessing)

Another common question that is asked by people who visit our church is, “Why do you take communion every Sunday?
Why on Sundays instead of once a month, bi-monthly, once a year or on Saturdays?”

 

The answer:   Because it was practiced by first century Christians upon the first day of every week which is the Lord’s Day. Read: Acts 20:7.  Sundays, belong to the Lord and so it makes sense that His children would worship Him and execute all the elements that accompany it.   Worship is a day of celebration, observance and remembrance which is why we both observe and remember the sacrifice of God’s dear son, Jesus by participating in the weekly spiritual meal known as communion/Lord’s supper.  That is why the Apostle Paul stated, “Do this in Remembrance of Christ,” (1 Corinthians 11:23-30).  You should also know that communion is a “Covenant” with Christ and was instituted by Him before He died on the cross (Matthew 26:26 – 29).  The Lord’s supper should only be observed and taken by Christians who are in covenant (agreement & harmony)  with the Lord.  Please contact us for a Bible study or for more information about communion.

NOTE:  Singing and the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper are only 2 parts to our worship celebrations but there are actually 5 elements to each worship  service.  Which are:

 

Singing, Praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17),  Preaching (Acts 20: 7-12),  Communion and the Offering  (1 Corinthians 16: 1 & 2)

 

These 5 elements are illustrated, commanded and inferred in the New Testament, and if our worship services are to be in “Spirit and in Truth” then we must adhere to the biblical principles. 

 

 

So, what can you expect when you visit?

Upon visiting, you will find a friendly, committed, hardworking, dedicated, devoted and faithful group of Christians who are determined to make Heaven our eternal home.

 

 

There’s a place for you here.   Join us this Sunday at 10 a.m.