A Church Like The Church In The Bible?
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What is the Church of Christ in Sweet Home like?
We are a group of about 65 people who are striving to make our lives as righteous as possible. You will find us friendly, inviting, kind, and willing to make ourselves available to anybody who needs help. The ideal Christian should never be prejudiced, rude, selfish, or unwelcoming, and it is this idealism that sets us apart from the world.
Our group, though small by some standards, is made up of a wide variety of people. We have many children and younger couples, as well as a devoted, strong group of elderly members. Our diversity of age helps us achieve a level of balance and harmony that many churches today lack. The young people give the church energy, and the older leaders give us stability. Not only that, but we all come from different economic and regional backgrounds, so you are sure to find somebody to relate to your situation in life.
Our building is suitable for a church of our size. The seating capacity of the auditorium is around 100 -- big enough that we can grow, but small enough that the worship still feels intimate. Though old, the building has seen many updates throughout the years, including expanded classroom space and increased seating capacity. We enjoy our heater in the winter, and air conditioning in the summer. Altogether, the church building is a safe, inviting, clean place to spend our time worshiping God. We are located in the heart of Sweet Home, a small town nestled in the foot hills of the Cascade Mountain Range. Our home is ideally located: within two hours of Portland, and an hour away from Salem and Eugene. Sweet Home is quiet, beautiful, and growing, as many families from the surrounding larger cities are realizing that this place is a gem.
We have no elders (Titus 1:5-11), but look to that as an achievable goal in the future.
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We Strive To Be The Same Church That Is Described In The New Testament
The New Testament Church is possible today for all who hear, believe, and are guided by the plain teaching of God's word. In Luke 8:11, Jesus declares, "the seed is the word of God." He was emphasizing a known fact: A seed, when planted in good soil, will produce after its own kind. The Word of God is the seed that produces Christians. The Word of God, when planted in the hearts of honest people, and obeyed, will produce Christians today, just as it did in the first century, nothing more and nothing less.
We Are Christians Without Being A Part Of A Denomination
It is our sincere desire to be non-denominational, to simply be known as Christians, members of the body of Christ (Acts 11:26; Ephesians 1:22-23). Collectively, we refer to ourselves as the church of Christ, the Lord's church, or the church of God (Ephesians 5:23). The church of the first century did not divide into denominations, neither should Christians today.
Our Emphasis Is Spiritual, Not Material Or Social
We assemble for the specific purposes of worshiping God, studying His word, and exhorting one another (Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:22-25). The primary mission of the church is to teach the gospel to the lost and dying world (Matthew 28:19-20). The church was never meant to be a "front" for a social club.
We Are Not Governed By Man
Christ is the head of the church and the Bible is the standard by which the church is governed (Colossians 1:18). This leaves no room for institutional church governments so common in religious bodies today. The first century churches were independent, autonomous congregations with Christ as Lord and Master, not denominations. Like the first century Christians, we seek to be Christians without the denominational organizations.
The Bible Is The Only Standard
The Bible alone is sufficient for all matters of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible provides a pattern for the organization, mission, and conduct of the church. When the Bible speaks upon any given subject, its pronouncement is final. By its own testimony, no one may alter a single word of it (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs. 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19). The Bible is both verbally inspired and infallible in content (2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Corinthians 2:11-13).
Please Come and Worship
When you visit our assemblies, you will be received in a friendly and courteous manner. We believe this to be the natural attitude of those who truly love God and mankind. Though you may at first be among strangers, we hope that you will come to know us well and count us as your friends.
Our worship services are simple and beautiful, with our emphasis on praising God -- we do not make entertainment or self-gratification a goal, lest we forget that our Savior is the center of the worship. If you come visit us on any Sunday (please see our Worship page for more information) you will be greeted by members of the church immediately. Our service is made up of "a capella" singing (no musical instruments), simple heartfelt prayers, scripture readings, the communion (or Lord's Supper), and an informative, practical, and enjoyable sermon. After closing with a prayer, we encourage you to linger for a while so that we can get to know you!
We thank you for allowing us to introduce ourselves. We hope to hear from you soon.