Thursday, 03 April 2008 21:16 Jonathan L. Perz
It is our sincerest desire to be that church you can read about in the New Testament of your Bible.
We are a group of Christians who have fully dedicated ourselves to worship and actively work as a congregation according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and His apostles. We fully believe that the only answer to the denominational spirit which exists among professed Christians is to let the Bible constitute our only creed and drop all denominational names, titles, creeds and organizations.
We have no desire to "found" a new church, but through faith understand that the Lord adds the saved to the church which He purchased with His own blood (Acts 2:47; 20:28). Since God and His Son are owners, we are content to be known as belonging to the church of God or the church of Christ. We will not be ashamed to wear the name that brings glory to our Savior and be known individually as Christians.
The families mentioned above have no intention of making the bigoted claim of being "the only Christians", but we do seek to go back to the Bible for every practice and therefore to be only what men of the first century were — Christians — nothing more, nothing less.
We desire worship that is both devout and scriptural. Jesus taught that acceptable worship was to be done in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We are determined to emphasize a reverent and orderly worship that is designed to draw people closer to God and provide spiritual strength.
The Bible teaches that the gospel (Jesus Christ and Him crucified) is the power of God unto salvation and is God's sole drawing call to men (Rom. 1:16, 1 Thess. 2:3-5; 1 Cor. 2:2-5). Therefore we have no intention of using gimmicks and offering facilities for recreation and entertainment to satisfy the carnally minded. Jesus said "Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you because God the Father has set His seal on Him" (John 6:27).
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