On this rock I will build my church
What is a church? Or for that matter, what is a church of Christ? A concise answer as written in the Bible is, a church belonging to Jesus the Christ. After all, Jesus said, "...I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18). The church of Christ then, is a church that belongs to Christ, a church that was built by Christ. But what does a church of Christ look like? Come and see.
We are: A 21st Century church following God's first century pattern in worship. Proclaiming the Good News and caring through local evangelism and supporting national and international missions such as in Cameroon, West Africa and to the Far East in places such as China, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. We worship God in the simple manner of a New Testament Christian.We worship because, "... true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him" (Jesus, John 4:23).
Just off Interstate 55/70 at Exit 17 in Troy, Ilinois, is a nondenominational congregation of Christians who base their worship, service, and being on the principles found in the Holy Bible. We follow no creed but Christ, no manual but the Bible, and no spiritual authority but God. When you visit you will not participate in an entertainment-oriented exercise, but a God-centered worship patterned after the simplicity of New Testament worship. We strive to follow Paul's instruction, "And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" (Colossians 3:17).
Therefore, when we assemble on the first day of the week, prayers of praise and adoration will be offered to God, as well as prayers of request (1 Corinthians 14:15). All are encouraged to sing songs of praise to God, that also encourage one another, as New Testament Christians did (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). We participate in communion (eating the Lords supper) as the early church did (Acts 20:7). Those who are members also contribute of their means to support the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Non-members are not expected to give. The preacher will preach from God's word, as Paul did at the Troas church (Acts 20:7).
At the close of the sermon, the preacher will offer the opportunity for anyone to respond publicly who has a spiritual request, such as to be baptized or to have prayers of encouragement or forgiveness. Come join us for worship to God.
What must I do to be saved? Of all the words we ever listened to, of all we ever want to be, will any of it matter if we aren't saved the New Testament way? No ifs, ands, or buts. Here it is straight from the New Testament. Check it out:
That's Bible truth. After we heard it all and done it all, here is what really counts: (Ecclesiates 12:13-14).Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.
Sharing the Good News: With more than 23,750 packets of information about the Bible distributed in 2011-2013. Sharing and teaching the good news about Jesus the Christ. Look out. One may be in your mailbox or hanging on your door knob. Jesus makes the difference. Come learn with us.
Theme for 2014: Meeting One Another's Needs
We have endured some
difficult circumstances the past few years, and it has taken its toll. With that in mind, we chose as our theme for the year, “Meeting One Another’s Needs.”