Please allow us to take this opportunity to tell you a few things about ourselves. The following is a brief description of each of the different activities in which we engage in our Bible class and worship assemblies.
Bible Classes: Bible classes are offered and taught at the various age levels during a study time on both Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. We encourage you to study along with us and participate in the class discussion. Feel free to ask questions about any of the material we cover.
Singing: We like to sing and, as you probably noticed under the “Order of Services” heading, we sing several songs during our worship. One thing that you probably will notice right away is that our singing is a capella, or without instrumental accompaniment. This is because we find no authorization for the use of instrumental music in worship to God in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; James5:13).
Prayer: At the noted times during our worship we will be led in prayer by one of the men of the congregation. During the times of prayer you are invited to follow along with the thoughts expressed by the prayer leader, or you may use this time to pray a silent prayer of your own. You will notice that this prayer is not a memorized recital, but a heartfelt outpouring of our thoughts, concerns, and wishes to God (Matthew 6:7, 8). Such is the example of prayers we find expressed in the New Testament.
The Lord’s Supper (Communion): Each first day of the week when we come together to worship, a part of that service is the observance of the Lord’s Supper, just as the disciples did in the first century (Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). When the bread is passed, brothers and sisters participating in this observance each break off a small piece of bread as the plate is passed to them and then they pass the plate along to the next person. Each person usually consumes their piece of bread as they receive it. Following the distribution of the bread, the fruit of the vine (non-alcoholic grape juice) is passed to each person in a similar manner. If you partake of the fruit of the vine, please return the empty cup to the receptacle on the songbook rack in front of you.
Contribution: Another part of our worship when we assemble upon the first day of the week is a free-will offering, or contribution, of our income to God so that the financial obligations of the church may be met (1 Corinthians 16:1, 2). The amount of this offering is completely up to the individual (2 Corinthians 9:5-8). If you wish to contribute you may use either cash or personal check. However, as a visitor you are under no obligation or expectation to contribute. The collective results of each Sunday’s contribution are posted on the board at the front of the auditorium.
Preaching: For many, this may be the most anticipated part of the service. The importance of this activity certainly should not be underestimated and it requires participation on the part of the listener as well as the speaker. Tim McCarter is the regular preacher for this congregation and we encourage you to follow the message closely, checking out the scripture references as they are made. You will notice the emphasis placed upon the authority of the scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). Feel free to check out each reference, as well as the truthfulness of the comments made about each passage. This was the practice of Christians in the New Testament (Acts17:11).
We are happy that you have chosen to visit our web site. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We will be glad to assist you in any way that we can (1 Peter 3:15). Please consider this as your personal invitation to visit and study with us.