There is no membership required in any formal organization. When you obey the call of Christ, or are saved, you are part of his church. Once you are part of Christ’s church you will naturally want to associate with other members of the church of Christ. By worshiping with a congregation you will fall under the guidance of a group of elders that help ensure the congregation is based in Biblical principles.
If you believe Jesus Christ is the son of God, was crucified as a sacrifice for our sins, and was resurrected triumphant over death you have the faith necessary for salvation. At the very beginning of the church the apostle Peter was given the “keys to the kingdom” which are the instructions for salvation (Acts 2:38):
38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call. (NIV)
Repentance is turning away from, or putting to death, your worldly life of sin.
Baptism is the immersion (Romans 6:2-4) into water as a pledge of a good conscience towards God. (I Peter 3:18-22)
The patterns of worship the first Christians used were recorded immediately following the account of their conversion in Acts 2:42:
42They [Christians] devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (NIV)
The worship services in the church of Christ today are patterned after the Biblical instructions on and examples of worship. The Biblical pattern of worship includes:
- Singing (Ephesians 5:19)
- Praying (1 John 5:14, 1 Peter 3:12, I Timothy 2:5, Eph 5:20)
- Studying (Acts 17:11-12)
- Giving (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)
- The Lord’s Supper (1Corinthians 11:25, 1 Corinthians 10:16)
Jesus Christ wants his followers to worship him from the heart. Under the old law (Old Testament) worship was based on external instruments including literal sacrifices for sins, ceremonies, feasts, and the use of instruments for song during worship. In Hebrews 8:10 the writer reminds the Christians of the time of the prophesy (Jeremiah 31:31-34) that Christ was going to change their worship from external to internal:
10This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people. (NIV)
It is this internal worship, or singing from the heart, that is a part of our worship today. We use songs in worship not just for listening to, but as a personal way to “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:20 NIV).
- Baby Shower for Carole Hunt at the Family Center today from 10:00-11:30 a.m. 09:00:24
- Baby Shower for Cassie B from 11:00-12:30 in the home of Angie C 09:05:07
- Due to concerns of Swine flu nursing home service 14:51:46
- Sun 14:54:22
- Sun & Wed class & service as usual 14:59:20
- Nursing Home service cancelled 14:59:53
- Wed. Feed Merkel cancelled 15:01:04
- There will be a baby shower planning meeting for Tasha Jacobs Wednesday, May 13th, after service. 19:16:53
There will be a baby shower planning meeting for Tasha Jacobs Wednesday, May 13th, after service.
WOW!!! If you missed the program last Sunday you missed a great program and turn out. We had 267 people here and the children did a great job. We want to take this opportunity to thank our T/T School staff. First, a big thank you to Teresa Owens for doing an awesome job this year. Then to our staff: Lesa Snow, Marylee Wade, Amber Bryan, Nelda Walker and Rachael Holloway, a special thank you for working so well with the children. Thanks gang for sharing the Bible with all the children and planting seeds that God will cause to grow in His time.
Waymon Adcock’s 90th Birthday celebration has been changed to May 9th from 2:00 – 4:00 at the Merkel Museum.