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Working in the Lord’s Vineyard

To do God’s work in God’s way, the Lord requires His people to be unified as a spiritual body (Acts 2:42-44).  In New Testament times, local churches of Christ were everywhere planted by the gospel.  They were all autonomous, without denominations, and independent of any man-made organization…

What is a church belonging to Christ supposed to do?  A local church is a group of Christians – penitent believers – who have been baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (1 Corinthians 12:13).  This makes them members of the one body – the church of Christ (see: Ephesians 4:4-6).  Since the church belongs to Christ who now resides in Heaven, we have no earthly headquarters, we are not members of any convention, sect, or hierarchy, and have no organization larger than each local independent congregation.

It is our desire to be identified with followers of Jesus Christ – Christians who do all things according to the pattern set by the apostles under Jesus’ authority (Hebrews 8:5).  This is possible for any who will learn, believe, and be guided by the plain teaching of the word of God.  (1 Peter 1:22-25)

We are not concerned with the building of architectural monuments or the social enterprises of our society.  Our building is merely a tool designed to facilitate our work and worship.  While, as individual Christians, there are social implications involved in our work, the church is not a “front” for a social club or agency, and therefore the Lord’s treasury is not used to promote social functions.  Our aim is spiritual.  (1 Peter 2:5; 1 Timothy 3:15).

Since we are seeking to help others with their spiritual needs, our concentration is centered upon proclaiming the praises of God; (1 Peter 2:9) aiming our resources and our energies in this direction.   To get caught up in the social and physical needs of mankind is to get sidetracked from what our real purpose is all about.

There are other works that local churches are to be involved in.  There is the work of benevolence – which does relate to physical needs.  Acts 6:1-4 is possibly the best illustration of this, but that work doesn’t include a program of general benevolence to the whole world.   Under the guidelines of the Scriptures, there are even restrictions placed upon benevolence, limiting it to those who are “needy saints.”  And even then, restrictions are commanded. (1 Timothy 5:16)

Too often religious groups leave the design of God to add additional works to the church.  The church of Christ that meets on South 46th Street strives to do God’s work in God’s way.  Members of this local church are here to help each other through life’s toughest challenges (Galatians 6:2).   By working and worshiping together, we can help each other become what the Lord intended.  If you have any questions or would like to study this further, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Worshiping in Spirit and Truth

When we assemble for worship, our procedures are simple, spiritual and orderly.  Recognizing that Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and on earth, we model our worship by the words of our Lord, who said: “true worshipers shall worship the father in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)

When you look out into the religious world of today, you will inevitably find many people worshiping God in ways that are not authorized by His word.  The popular belief today is that “God loves us so much that He is not concerned with how we worship Him.”  But what did Jesus say about this?

While rebuking the scribes and Pharisees for not obeying the commandments of God, Jesus cried out: “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me, and in vain they do worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:7-9).  Jesus tells us that it is indeed possible to be in such a condition that would cause our worship to be empty or worthless.  We may be drawing near to Him with our mouth, but our hearts could still be far from Him.

How can this be?  Jesus answered, [because] “you teach for doctrines the commandments of men.”  The scribes and Pharisees knew what the scriptures taught, but instead were teaching and following after human traditions.  This truly is no different than the vast multitude of people who follow after man-made traditions today.  Many will claim that they feel right with God.  But is our worship to be governed by what seems right or what makes us feel good?  The Lord has said that “there is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

Jesus says that “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).  Jesus also prayed to the Father to sanctify us through His truth, for His word is truth (John 17:17).  God’s word is truth, and it is by that truth that we learn everything we need to know about the nature of Him, the fall of man, God’s plan of salvation, and also the way in which He wants to be worshiped. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)  In the New Testament, we find a simple, spiritual order of things that pertain to worship…

SINGING

Singing is a vital part of our worship.  All members of our congregation will blend their voice together in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  The purpose of our singing is to praise God and to teach and admonish one another (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).  Since the command to sing is specific and addressed to all Christians, we do not add a mechanical instrument of music to our worship.  For the same reason, we do not have choirs sing for us or any type of mood music to entertain us in worship.

GIVING

The New Testament teaches that we should prepare to give something on the first day of the week, as God has prospered us (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).  There are many factors that determine the amount of our offerings, but above all it must be offered willingly with a cheerful heart (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).  We do not expect or request our visitors to give since our offering is a responsibility of the members of this local congregation.  The collection will be used to maintain the work of the church under the authority of God.

PRAYING

When we assemble together, men of the congregation will lead us in prayer (1 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Timothy 2:8).  Prayer is a vital source of strength in a Christian’s life.  We pray often in private and with one another.  When we come together in an assembly, prayer is a very important part of our worship.

THE LORD’S SUPPER

We partake of the Lord’s supper on the first day of every week (Sunday).  Jesus instituted this memorial as a significant way of remembering His death on the cross (Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).  As we partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine, our minds are centered on the sacrifice that Jesus made for each one of us.  We strive to observe this memorial in a worthy manner (1 Corinthians 11:27-29).

TEACHING GOD’S WORD

There is no doubt that the word of God is inspired and authoritative (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  And so, if a man speaks it should be from the word of God (1 Peter 4:11).  When we come together to worship our heavenly Father, we take time to read from the Scriptures (Nehemiah 8:8).  The class lessons we teach and the sermons we present should always come accurately from God’s word.  We believe in an open investigation of what we teach and practice, and will always encourage you to examine what is being taught by searching the Scriptures (Acts 17:11).

We are commanded to gather together on a regular basis for the purpose of worshiping God, and it’s important for us to abide by that command (Hebrews 10:25).  Certainly, the Holy Spirit has revealed the need that believers have to come together and assemble for worship on a regular basis.

God needs nothing from us (Acts 17:24-25), but we need Him;  He knows we need Him and He knows that we need each other.   Therefore, God has commanded that we assemble together with the purpose of worshiping Him.  But if it is to be worship that He will accept, (and worship that will benefit us), it must always be done in spirit and in truth – obeying God’s commands from the heart (Romans 6:17).

Why not come to worship God with us?  We believe there is nothing more important than knowing God’s word and understanding His will so that we can properly submit to Jesus Christ.   We would love to meet with you and study the Bible together.  We invite you to assemble with us at any of our services.  Rest assured, you will be welcomed as an honored guest.

If you need assistance finding our building or getting to services, or if you have any questions regarding what we teach and practice, please contact us at your convenience.

OUR SERVICES:

SUNDAY:

    BIBLE CLASSES FOR ALL AGES…………9:45 am

    MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE………..10:30 am

    EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE………….5:00 pm

WEDNESDAY:

    BIBLE CLASSES FOR ALL AGES………..7:00 pm

OFFICE: (479) 782-0588

 

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