A CHURCH THAT IS JUST A CHURCH
Maybe you've noticed that a lot of churches today are involved in all kinds of business and social ventures, but involved very little in teaching the word of God. Some are quite proud of the fact that they place little emphasis on doctrinal matters.
Our emphasis is spiritual—not material or social (1 Corinthians 11:22, 34). For that reason, our main concern is that we teach, and abide in, the doctrine of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:16; 4:3, 4; 2 John 9). This requires that we pay close attention to the Bible, and treat it as our sole guide in spiritual matters, not adding to it, or taking away from it; not mixing in the doctrines and commandments of men (1 Peter 4:11; 1 Corinthians 4:6; Revelation 22:18, 19; Galatians 1:6-9; Matthew 7:21-23; 15:8, 9; 21:23-26). Please read these Scriptures.
It is our aim to be the very same church as the one we read about in the New Testament (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:23; Romans 16:16). We do not claim perfection in our attempts to follow the doctrine of Christ, but neither do we use our imperfection as an excuse. We are always willing to examine ourselves regarding whether or not we are in ‘the faith’ (2 Corinthians 13:5; Acts 17:11). This is the ‘faith’, or ‘doctrine’ that our Creator has delivered to us once for all, which we are to contend for (Jude 3). This is the ‘faith’ to which a great company of the Jewish priests became obedient (Acts 6:7).
The inspired Word of God clearly tells us that the Lord's church is "a spiritual house" (1 Peter 2:5). We are told how to conduct ourselves in the Lord’s church, which was designed to uphold the Truth (1 Tim. 3:15). John 4:23, 24 tells us that, if we want to properly love and serve our Creator, we must become ‘true worshippers’ in His sight (John 14:15). What if we began adding to His Word, and/or taking away from His Word? Notice more carefully the profound Bible principle: Deuteronomy 4:1, 2; Proverbs 30:5, 6; Revelation 22:18, 19. What if we start using human names and creeds that God has not authorized in His Word? Study carefully Galatians 1:6-9. Again, are we examining ourselves with God’s inspired Word? (Acts 17:11)
Jesus tells us that we must abide in His Word in order to properly be His disciples, and that this is the only way we can know the Truth, so that the Truth can make us free from sin and death (John 8:31, 32; Romans 8:2). If God’s Word does not have ‘free course’ in us, that is, ’no place’ in us, then we will not be interested in following only His Truth (John 8:37). Do we have a ‘love’ for God’s Truth? II Thessalonians 2:10-12.
If you are looking for a church that is merely a "front" for a social club, or agency; a place in which you are entertained, this will not interest you. But, if you are interested in seeking to worship God in spirit and Truth, and in searching the Scriptures in order to learn what the will of the Lord is, then click on: ‘Find the church Directory’, or ‘churches of Christ online’.