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Many people are hesitant to attend worship service in an unfamiliar setting. To help alleviate any apprehensions you may have regarding this congregation, we would like to explain what you can expect at your visit with us.
Courtesy and Kindness
First of all you will find that all who come will be greeted with courtesy and kindness. We understand that God does not want us to be a respecter of persons in the assembly (James 2:1-9), so no matter who visits, regardless of race, color, social status, etc. you will be warmly welcomed.
When the service begins you will notice that we only engage in acts of worship that are authorized by the New Testament. We want to worship God the way New Testament Christians did long ago, so we go to the New Testament to find out how to worship. In our service we will sing from the heart without any kind of instrumental accompaniment for the purpose of admonishing one another as well as to honor God Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). We will pray together Acts 12:12), and study the Bible together Acts 17:11). On the Lord's Day, Sunday, we come together to observe the Lord's Supper Acts 20:7) by partaking of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine in memory of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ Matthew 26:26-29).
After the Lord's Supper has been served, a collection is taken up from among the members of the congregation 1 Cor. 16:1-2). We do not ask nonmembers to contribute to this collection, nor do we take up any other collections throughout the week. We believe that only those acts of worship described in the New Testament are acceptable and pleasing to God. It is our prayer that you, too, will seek the worship that pleases God.
Order and Reverence
Not only is our worship scriptural, but it is orderly and reverent as well. God is not a God of confusion. He wants the worship service to be conducted "decently and in order" 1 Corinthians 14:40). You will not be confused by many people speaking out or praying aloud at the same time. Neither will you find entertainment or recreational activities. We have come together to worship God and edify one another. We do not try to compete in any way with places of amusement. At no time will the audience be embarrassed or singled out for any sort of demonstration of testimony.
The Bible - Our Only Guide
Throughout the service you will observe that reference is repeatedly made to the Bible in our classes and sermons. This is because the Bible is our only guide, and it furnishes us with all we need to know to be right with God 2 Timothy 3:16-17). We do not follow any "creeds," "manuals," "disciplines," or "catechisms," only the Bible. You will never be asked to accept what any man says about the Bible. We want you to read the Bible for yourself Acts 17:11).
The Bible is a unique book because it is the only volume on earth authorized by the Creator of the universe 2 Timothy 3:16-17). It alone contains the powerful message of salvation Rom. 1:16). The Holy Scriptures will guide souls to the eternal shores of heaven Mat. 7:2; Heb. 5:8-9). It will be the only standard used on judgment day John 12:48-50; 2 Cor. 5:10).
The incredible book is a treasure trove of heavenly wisdom. People must study it to know the way of salvation 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:15). It will bring spiritual freedom to all who live by its precepts Jas. 1:22. Truly, man should be deeply thankful for the Bible. Notice what the Psalms say of God's statutes, "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter than honey and the honeycomb." then he said, "...and in keeping them there is great reward." Psalm 19:10-11). The Bible says, "Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man" Ecc. 12:13)