The Church of Christ in the Collinsville / Troy, Illinois Area
Terry L. Mabery
The church of Christ at 1400 Troy Road in Troy, Illinois (just west of RP Lumber) is a nondenominational congregation of Christians that base their worship, service, and being on the principles found in God's word, the Holy Bible. We follow no creed but Christ, no manual but the Bible, and no authority spiritually but God.
The Collinsville (Illinois) church of Christ was established in April 1956. Several families met in homes until they purchased a building at 302 St. Louis Road, Collinsville, IL. After remodeling, the building seated about 100 on the main floor. In 1959, the building and preacher's home at Clay and Hesperia were purchased. In 1960, Windle Kee began work with the congregation as the first full time evangelist. The growing church demanded larger facilities by 1969. Property was purchased and a larger facility was built between Collinsville and Troy at 1400 Troy Road, the South Frontage Road. In the late 1980's that facility was renovated and added to. In the late 1990's the property was annexed by the city of Troy, Illinois.
The church has a long history of serving the communities around her. The church keeps a stocked food pantry for those who need it. A clothing give away is also conducted at least once a year. Meals on wheels were provided for nearly twenty years in the 1970's and 1980's. A "Thursday School" program provided for children in the 1970's through the early 1990's. Many will also remember the bus ministry that was run by the congregation in the 1970's.
The church has been a mission minded church and now oversees the work of Windle Kee's son, Paul, who serves as missionary to Cameroon, Africa. Other mission efforts include support to missionaries in Russia and the Far East, as well as helping support a prison ministry in Missouri.
As is set out in the Bible, we are not connected with any denominational organization, ruling convention, or national or world headquarters. Our headquarters is in heaven with Jesus as our head. The Bible authorizes elders to serve in the capacity of overseers or bishops (1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9). We have such men who serve faithfully as elders. They have charge of seeing that the church of Christ faithfully holds to the precepts of the Bible in teaching, service and worship.
The New Testament church was served by deacons, men who helped meet the needs of the church. One example of how deacons served is found in Acts 6:1-6. We have qualified men presently serving in this capacity (1 Timothy 3:8-13). They work diligently to serve this congregation of Christians in accordance with the guidance given in the Bible.
Our mission is two-fold, as outlined in the Bible.
First, Jesus commanded, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned" (Mark 16:15-16, NKJ). It is our goal to follow that command as fully as we can through opportunities available. It is for that reason that we offer to the community the opportunity to learn more of God's word through this website, free tracts, video tapes of the Bible available for viewing, sponsorship of television programs on the cable network, and Bible studies in homes. In addition, we sponsor and oversee the work of a missionary family working full time in Cameroon, Africa. We also help support a native preacher in the same country. One of our elders and several members have made brief mission trips to Cameroon to help with this work and see how it is progressing. We have help supported a missionary in Murmansk, Russia, the largest city in the world above the Arctic circle. Our minister has made six brief mission trips to Murmansk. We are, also, helping support a man who works with preacher training schools throughout the Far East (Singapore, Russia Philippines, India, and Russia). These schools are helping to train men native to their country to preach God's word. He travels to and teaches in these schools and helps them in their organization.
Second, Jesus taught we are to help with the physical needs of our neighbors and friends (Matthew 25:34-40). James records, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world" (James 1:27, NIV). Another goal is to fulfill this charge to the fullest of our ability. In addition to an annual clothing give away, we provide grocery and other aid at times when local families have a need for such. We also contribute funds and food to two children's homes in Kentucky and Indiana. The staff of these homes provide a nourshing and wholesome environment for abused and otherwise uncared for children.
Our worship is patterned after the simplicity of New Testament worship as outlined in the Bible. We strive to follow the instruction given by Paul, "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Colossians 3:17, NKJ). Therefore, when we assemble on the first day of the week, we participate in communion, eating the Lord's supper, as the early church did (Acts 20:7). We, also, have a period of preaching from God's word, as Paul did at the Troas church (Acts 20:7). Our singing is without piano, guitar, or other such instrumentation, since the New Testament church was authorized only to sing as they assembled to worship God, not to play instruments (Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16). We offer prayers to God with praise and adoration (1 Corinthians 14:15). Those who are members also contribute of their means to support the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
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