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1. The invitation begins when a hand of welcome is extended at the door. When a member of the church reaches forth his hand, he is asking for a response. When the visitor extends his hand for a warm handshake, he is responding, and the invitation has begun!  There seems to be a certain kind of feeling that the church building is where God lives and that we come by to see Him every week. Therefore, the church house is a place of austerity and quietness. Nothing could be farther from the truth!  God does not live inside the church building any more than He lives inside your home.  I Corinthians 6:18-20.

2. The song service is a part of the invitation. When the song leader announces the number and the audience turns to that number; it is responding to the song leader, and the spirit of responding is being increased. When the song leader asks the congregation to stand for the next song, the fact that they grant his request and stand is in itself a response and becomes a part of the invitation. The singing itself is responding.  It is the audience participating.  It is used by the Spirit of God to make responding easier and to make the service conducive to a response when the invitation song is sung.

3. The opening remarks are a part of the invitation. Perhaps the Preacher says something that prompts a smile. This too is a response and helps to create a spirit of responding. This means that a warm introduction that causes the people of the audience to even have a nice thought is a part of the invitation. The people become participants with their thinking and with their acting. This will make it easier for them to participate throughout the service and especially at the end of the service when they can find the spirit of responding an asset to their responding to the call of Christ to receive His gift of eternal life.

4. The recognition of visitors is a part of the invitation. The fact that they are asked to stand gives them an opportunity to respond. Of course, by this time they are accustomed to responding. They responded to the handshake at the door. They responded to the congregational singing. They responded to the preacher's opening remarks. Now they are more likely to respond by standing as visitors.

5.  Humor is a part of the invitation. Humor, in good taste, is an excellent way to invoke response. Something is said from the podium, and people smile, chuckle or laugh. They are responding. This is one reason that humor is such a vital part of a church service. It is simply another way for the platform to seek a response and for the audience to grant it.

6. Identification with the speaker is an important part of the invitation. If the congregation feels that they are part of the sermon, if illustrations are used that pull the congregation into the speaker so that they can identify with him, it becomes easy to respond in one's mind. This too is apart of the invitation.

The sermon is now over. The person entered into the church and responded by extending his hand to a friendly greeter. He responded to the usher by following him to his seat. He responded to the song director by opening his song book to the number announced. He responded during the singing of a familiar song. He responded in his heart to the opening remarks. He responded with a smile or chuckle to some well-chosen humor. He responded at the recognition of visitors. For an hour or more he has been responding.  Now it is time to respond to the Gospel.  He is comfort- able. He feels at home.  The service has not been starchy or ritualistic.  The Holy Spirit speaks to him. Response has not been difficult thus far; it will not be difficult now. The invitation is begun. A song of invitation is being sung. Soon there are tears and conviction and then, praise God, a response.
They are now in the aisle. They are coming to the front. They are now talking to the elder or preacher.  They will now learn and study the steps of salvation, so that they can be baptized for their sin’s remission.
 
They are now a new creature in Christ Jesus, and to think, even the usher at the front door had a part!

 

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facebook-logoFearfullymade-400pxWe have an active and involved group of young people. The Youth Group (6th - 12th graders) hosts Devotionals and a wide variety of activities and Service Projects throughout the year. A little younger group, those not yet in our Youth Group (up through 5th graders), are busy with many programs, activities and projects as well.

We have many deacons who work tirelessly to provide activities and special events with our youth.  You will hear here that our youth are not the church of tomarrow, but are part of the church of today!

You may be asking, does your youth group believe in evolution? The answer is yes...and no. We believe that God created the earth in 7 days just as scripture tells us. We don't believe in Darwin's theory of evolution. We believe in God's theory of evolution. What's that? Well we're glad you asked. We already said we believe in God's word in scripture so we'll let scripture explain. 1Corinthians 13:11 tells us "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me" We all grow and change over time, we want our young people to grow from children following God, to men and women of God. However that is not where our spiritual evolution ends. Darwin's theory of evolution shows man evolving to stand upright, we believe with God's evolution we will go from standing upright to hunched over. Why is that? Matthew 16:24 states "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." We want these young men and women of God to feel the weight of bearing the cross everyday, we want them to bow in reverance to a holy God, we want them to truly be living sacrifices. We believe in loving and serving God, we also love to be together.

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SUNDAY

   

 Bible Study:

9:00 AM

 

 Worship:

10:00 AM

 

PM Worship:

6:00 PM

 

     

WEDNESDAY

   

Bible Class

7:30 PM

 
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Come and visit our services, and learn how important the understanding of the word of God, the Bible, is to us here. You will enjoy the atmosphere at our services, where the only expectations we have on you as a visitor is to feel welcome.

Courtesy And Kindness

First of all, you will find no exclusive pews for any person. All are greeted with equal courtesy and kindness (Acts 10:34-35; Galatians 3:28).

You will find no tendency toward entertainment with beautiful organ or piano music. Like the first century Christians, we will engage in the singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19). The words used in our songs will be easy to understand (1 Corinthians 14:15). God has commanded the sincere praise of His people to come from the heart (Colossians 3:16).

Order And Reverence

You will not be confused by many people speaking or praying at the same time. Good order will prevail at every service (1 Corinthians 14:33). You will observe one of the brethren leading the congregation reverently and quietly in prayer (1 Timothy 2:1-5).

If you are present on Sunday, the Lord's Day, you will observe the congregation eating bread and drinking the fruit of the vine in memory of the death of Christ (Matthew 26:26-29). We do this on the first day of every week, like the Christians in the first century (Acts 20:7).

You will not find special collections taken at every service. A collection is taken only on the Lord's Day (1 Corinthians 16:1-3). This congregation is supported by the free will offerings of its members. We do not ask non-members to financially support our work, nor do we engage in fund raising activities like rummage sales and bingo games. We specialize in being a church, and do not compete with places of amusement.

The Bible Is Our Only Guide

You will observe that the Bible is the textbook to which reference is repeatedly made in our classes and sermons. Special emphasis is placed on that part of the Bible known as the New Testament (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 1:16). You will never be asked to accept what some man says about the Bible; we want you to read the Bible for yourself to see "whether those things are so" (Acts 17:11).

The audience will not be embarrassed or singled out for any sort of demonstration or testimony. You can quietly observe and study that which you see and hear (1 Corinthians 14:40).

Salvation In Christ

You will hear obedience to the will of Christ emphasized as necessary to salvation: faith in Christ as taught in the gospel (Romans 10:17); repentance (Luke 24:47); confession of faith in Christ (Romans 10:9-10); and baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).

If there should be a response from someone in the audience to the appeal mentioned above, you will see them taken to a pool of water where, in simple likeness to the burial of Christ, they will be buried in water and raised to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4).

You will be more than welcome at all of our services. Please come and bring your Bible to "search the Scriptures" with us. If you do not have a Bible, we will be happy to give you one.

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          It is not a matter of being different. All religious organizations are different. It is a matter of accurately understanding the teachings of Jesus as revealed in the New Testament. There are at least seven beliefs held by the Church of Christ which are different.

          The church holds the Bible to be the only way that God now communicates His will to man. It holds the New Testament as the part in which Christians are instructed in matters of faith and practice. It holds the Bible to be verbally inspired, and the Bible's silence as an important element in understanding God's will for us.

          The church holds that water baptism is a condition of the sinner's receiving God's forgiveness (Acts 2:38). One is not a Christian -- not a saved person until one has been baptized.

          The church holds that the first century church observed the Lord's Supper on the first day of every week (Acts 20:7). Therefore, such is the practice of the Church of Christ today.

          The church holds that singing in the first century church was a cappella style (without an instrument) (Colossians 3:16). Therefore, such is the practice of the Church of Christ today.

          The church holds that each congregation was an independent body organized under the leadership of elders and deacons (Philippians 1:1). Therefore, the Church of Christ today is organized that way believing that such is the Lord's way.

          The church holds that the Lord's church exists on earth today anywhere folks learn what first century Christians learned, believe what they believed, and practice what they practiced. It further believes such is exactly what God intended (Ephesians 3:20).

          The church holds that all believers could be and should be united in the one body of Christ, and that this could be accomplished by the restoration of Christianity as it is revealed in the New Testament, and that such unity is the Lord's desire (John 17:21).

          The Church of Christ is not trying to be different. It is different because of what it believes and practices that others do not believe and practice. And some of the differences are of such nature that they separate it spiritually, and therefore physically, from all others.


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