If you open the pages of the New Testament, you read of Christians worshiping, working, preaching, and praying. If we read those words carefully and do what they tell us, we will be Christians. From these New Testament teachings is where our beliefs are found.
We believe in baptism by immersion (Matthew 3:16). Upon our confession that Jesus Christ is the son of God, we are immersed in the water of baptism for the forgiveness of sins and receipt of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). No man or woman is perfect, but all can have their sins forgiven, lives renewed, and hope restored through God’s plan for salvation.
We sing acapella – with our voices. God specified that we use the instrument He created – the human voice and human heart – so we sing without any instrument accompaniment (Ephesians 5:19-20). If you’re unfamiliar, we encourage you to try it. We believe you’ll find it uplifting and beautiful.
The Lord’s Supper
Every Sunday we gather to remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross by partaking in the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7). The example given by Jesus and his disciples at the Last Supper is the basis of this practice. The bread without yeast symbolizes Christ’s physical body and the grape juice mirrors His blood given for our sins (Luke 22:19-20). By these actions, we remember our freedom from sin and our anticipation of heaven.
We give our physical means each week as an expression of our gratitude for God’s blessings, but also to acknowledge our role as stewards of the wealth God has provided (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). With the money collected, we spread God’s message and help those in need. All contributions are free-will, and no one is obligated to give.
Our sermons come from God’s word with applications to today’s culture. They deepen our understanding of His will as revealed in the Bible, strengthen our faith, and encourage our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Whether part of a multi-week series, or a one-time topic, this time during our services represents an important part of our worship.
The churches of Christ are congregational rather than denominational. We do not have a higher central authority or headquarters, but rather we are all linked together by our beliefs in the original Restoration Movement. Our individual congregation is led in various ways by Elders, Ministers, and Deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-13).