There are many churches in many places which have no bowling club, no softball team, nor do they sponsor a Boy Scout troop. The physical property of these churches includes a very modern place for assembly and worship, with classrooms for Bible Study; but in all of this widespread plant there is no kitchen, no banquet hall, no gymnasium, no party room.
Your first thought may be “What strange churches! What strange people!” Perhaps. However, many of these church members are your neighbors and enjoy their food, recreation, and entertainment just as much as anyone else. But the church building is not used as a civic or social club. By now you may be asking “Then what does this congregation offer me? What does she offer the community in which you live?” These are fair questions and demand fair, open answers.
The church was established by Jesus Christ the Son of God, to fill a need, to do a work that no human institution could possibly perform. We deplore the fact that denominations have smothered the real purpose of the church beneath civic, social, and domestic affairs. Upon reading Matthew 16:18, Acts 20:28, Ephesians 3:10-11, 5:25, I Timothy 3:15 we need to be impressed with the sacredness of the church. She can have no trivial purpose, nor is such assigned to her by the word of God.
But some say, “We live in the 21st century. The church must meet the needs of today!” Exactly so! We have many fine civic and social organizations that meet the physical needs of our community, and e as individuals need to support and promote all wholesome efforts to better the lot of mankind in this life. But this 21st century is woefully lacking in emphasis upon the soul of man, their soul.
Our primary concern is with the spiritual needs of mankind – his need is for God, for forgiveness of sins, for genuine God-satisfying worship, for the pureness of conscience that can come only from living, working and worshiping according to the directions of the Word of God. As a people we know that we are not perfect. “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves; but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. But we will not boast of things without measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you” (II Corinthians 10:12-13).
We make no plea of greatness on our part, but pledge ourselves to strive diligently to follow the rule of God, the divine message. We speak where the Bible speaks, and are silent where the Bible is silent. Visit with us and we will welcome your honest investigation of the church of Christ in this community.