Church/Preacher's Home Phone: (423) 733-2818
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On behalf of the members of the
~Robert C. Lupo, preacher
~Robert C. Lupo, preacher
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
10:00 AM ~ Bible Study: Book of Matthew (Teaching, RC Lupo)
11:00 AM ~ Worship (A Cappella Singing, Prayer, Biblical Preaching, Lord's Supper, Giving [only members expected to give])
6:00 PM ~ Worship/Study: Book of Deuteronomy (Teaching, RC Lupo)
7:00 PM ~ Worship/Study: ""Christian, You Are Expected To Grow" Faith Building/Strengthening Lessons"
Teaching, RC Lupo
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
We extend to you an open invitation to attend any and all of our services. We encourage you to ask Bible questions at our services. We will be happy to give you a Bible answer.
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The Distinctive Plea Of The Church Of Christ
It is primarily a plea for religious unity based upon the Bible. In a divided religious world it is believed that the Bible is the only possible common denominator upon which most, if not all, of the God-fearing people of the land can unite. This is an appeal to go back to the Bible. It is a plea to speak where the Bible speaks and to remain silent where the Bible is silent in all matters that pertain to religion. It further emphasizes that in everything religious there must be a "Thus saith the Lord" for all that is done. The objective is religious unity of all believers in Christ. The basis is the New Testament. The method is the restoration of New Testament Christianity.
The original autographs of the sixty-six books which make up the Bible are considered to have been divinely inspired, by which it is meant that they are infallible and authoritative. Reference to the scriptures is made in settling every religious question. A pronouncement from the scripture is considered the final word. The basic textbook of the church and the basis for all preaching is the Bible.
The word baptize comes from the Greek word "baptizo" and literally means, "to dip, to immerse, to plunge." In addition to the literal meaning of the word, immersion is practiced because it was the practice of the church in apostolic times. Still further, only immersion conforms to the description of baptisms as given by the apostle Paul in Romans 6:3-5 where he speaks of it as a burial and resurrection.
As a result of the distinctive plea of the church - a return to New Testament Faith and practice - acapella singing is the only music used in the worship. This singing, unaccompanied by mechanical instruments of music, conforms to the music used in the apostolic church and for several centuries thereafter (Ephesians 5:19). It is felt that there is no authority for engaging in acts of worship not found in the New Testament. This principle eliminates the use of instrumental music, along with the use of candles, incense, and other similar elements.
Each first day of the week the members of the church "lay by in store as they have been prospered" (1 Corinthians 16:2). The amount of any individual gift is generally known only to the one who gave it and to the Lord. This free-will offering is the only call which the church makes. NO assessments or other levies are made. No moneymaking activities, such as bazaars or suppers, are engaged in
The belief of the church is stated fully and completely in the Bible. There is no other manual or discipline to which the members of the church of Christ give their allegiance. The Bible is considered as the only infallible guide to heaven.
The statement of Christ in Matthew 25, and elsewhere, are taken at face value. It is believed that after death each man must come before God in judgement and that he will be judged according to the deeds done while he lived (Hebrews 9:27). After judgement is pronounced he will spend eternity either in heaven or hell.
In each congregation, which has existed long enough to become fully organized, there is a plurality of elders or presbyters who serve as the governing body. These men are selected by the local congregations on the basis of qualifications set down in the scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-8). Serving under the elders are deacons, teachers, and evangelists or ministers. The latter do not have the authority equal to or superior to the elders. The elders are shepherds or overseers who serve under the headship of Christ according to the New Testament, which is a kind of constitution. There is no earthly authority superior to the elders of the local church.
Following the plan of organization found in the New Testament, churches of Christ are autonomous. Their common faith in the Bible and adherence to its teachings are the chief ties which bind them together. There is no central headquarters of the church and no organization superior to the elders of each local congregation. There are no conventions, annual meetings, or official publications. The "tie that binds" is a common loyalty to the principles of the restoration of New Testament Christianity.
GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION FOR MAN:
His Love: John 3:16
His Son: Luke 19:10
His Spirit: John 16:13
His Gospel: Romans 1:16
His Atonement For Our Sins: Romans 5:8, 9
Hear God's Word: John 6:45
Believe God's Word: John 3:16
Confess That Jesus Is The Son Of God: Romans 10:10
Repent (Turn Away) From A Life Of Sin: Luke 13:3, 5
Be Baptized Into Christ: Mark 16:16; Galatians 3:27
Be Faithful Unto Death: Revelation 2:10