When You Visit
Being a first-time visitor to a church can be intimidating! Most of us have been one, and we all probably ask similar questions. We'd like to provide you with a few answers you may be looking for from us:
Q: "What's your worship like?"
A: Some may describe our worship as simple, but our goal is to honor and please God, not ourselves. We have scriptural reasons for every act of worship we practice. We sing together without the aid of mechanical instruments (Ephesians 5:19-20; Colossians 3:16-17). We pray together (Acts 2:42; Acts 4:23-24; Acts 4:31). We remember the death of our Savior by partaking of the Lord's Supper every Sunday (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). The church members contribute to the work of the church (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7). We preach and teach from the Bible (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 14; Colossians 3:16; Colossians 4:16; 1 Timothy 4:13). It may seem simple, but we believe it to be the "true worship" God desires (John 4:23-24).
Q: "How does your church believe one receives salvation or is 'saved'?"
A: The way to salvation is clearly modeled in scripture. It all begins with hearing the Word of God (John 5:24-25; Romans 10:17). Once we hear God's Word, we must determine whether or not we believe it (Romans 10:17; John 20:29). If we believe it, then we understand that we have sinned against God and are in need of salvation. Therefore we must repent (turn away from) our sinful life (Acts 2:38; Acts 20:21; Acts 26:18, 20). If we understand our sinful condition and are wiling to turn away from it, we must turn to the only one who can save us, confessing our faith in Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8; Romans 10:8-10). Once this progression takes place, we are ready to be baptized (immersed in water). We read multiple examples of baptism in the book of Acts (Acts 2:38; Acts 8:34-40; Acts 9:18; Acts 16:11-15). Jesus specifically stated the necessity of baptism (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16), and Paul outlined the powerful nature of baptism (Romans 6:1-11). The apostle Peter simply said that baptism saves us (1 Peter 3:21). Based on all of this information from God's Word, we can confidently conclude that baptism is necessary for salvation. From there, we see throughout the Bible the need for Christians to remain faithful following their baptism. We want to be sure to follow the commands and examples God's provided us with!
Q: "How is your church organized/structured?"
A: We are an autonomous church, meaning we operate on our own without a headquarters or an association of churches. While Christ is the head of the church, scripture also indicates we're to appoint qualified men to serve as elders to lead a local congregation. We currently have three elders serving our local congregation. Scripture also indicates a need for deacons within the local congregation. Deacons are responsible for seeing to the physical needs of the congregation (i.e. members in need, building upkeep, materials & supplies, etc.).
Q: "What are the church members like? "
A: We'd like to think we're a friendly and loving congregation! We've all come to the Lord and His church with different life experiences and personalities, understanding we're not perfect people, but we serve the one perfect God! We're grateful for anyone and everyone who comes our way.
Our top priority is to have Biblical support for anything we do as a congregation, as well as individual Christians. If we can't find it supported by the Bible, we won't practice it!