"Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15).
Jesus taught that the way one worships is important. He declared, "God
is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). He also said that additions, subtractions,
and innovations are unacceptable and vain (Matthew 15:9).
further explained that both "will" worship (i.e., self-designed, self-approved), and "ignorant" worship are not acceptable
to God (Colossians 2:23; Acts 17:23).
The Christians at this congregation
collectively seek to follow the simple, spiritual pattern of worship revealed in the New Testament. Therefore, in our assemblies,
one can expect the following five acts of worship:
The Lord's Supper. This memorial feast of unleavened bread and fruit of the vine
is observed each Lord's day in commemoration of Christ's death (Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
Congregational singing. Songs
of praise, encouragement, and thanksgiving are sung from the heart to both educate one another and glorify God according to His direction
(Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16-17).
Humble requests and words of thanksgiving are given to God through Jesus Christ (Acts 2:42;
1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Voluntary contribution. A free-will collection from members each Lord's day to carry out the Scriptural work
of the church (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
Bible preaching. We enjoy comprehensive and understandable studies
of God's word designed to "reprove, rebuke, and exhort" (2 Timothy 4:2). Each sermon should both glorify God and accurately communicate
His will with love and urgency.
Since Christians are commanded to meet regularly
(Hebrews 10:24-26), the faithful seek every opportunity to assemble for worship, accepting and practicing only those things for which
there is clear Biblical authority (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
A loving Church with a lasting message (Eph. 4:15).
"For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That
the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye,
as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
For as often as ye eat this bread,
and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come" (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
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