A Personal Invitation From The Greenfield Church of Christ.
We happily invite you to visit our church family. When you come we would like you to feel comfortable. We know that, an unfamiliar place can be intimidating. Please read this so you know what to expect when you honor us with your visit.
Members of the church of Christ are dedicated to restore in our time the original New Testament church, just like the one in the New Testament scriptures. In the latter part of the 18th century, men of different denominations studied independently of each other and in various parts of the world began to ask: “why not take the Bible alone and once again continue 'steadfastly in the apostles' teachings?'” Why not plant the same seed (the word of God) that the first century Christian's planted and be Christians only as they were?(Acts 2:42; Luke 8:11)
They were pleading with everyone to throw off denominationalism, to throw away human creeds, and follow only the Bible. Members of the church of Christ are dedicated to following the plan given by God, and not any one man or organization.
... is to honor the New Testament teachings of Christ and Apostles and determine from the Bible what the church was like in thebeginning and to be like that. We are a Bible-centered church. You may have heard this before. We try to follow the teachings given to us in the Bible. Mankind has changed many of these practices by habit, preference, tradition or convenience. Please take a few moments to read about the worship services of the church. You may have experienced some variations from this description, because every church of Christ is self-ruled and independent. No head office governs a church of Christ. Man has introduce this into the religious community. Even the 12 Apostles honor a self-ruled church. Acts 6:1-7 Men as elders and deacons, 1 Timothy 3:1-15.
What will be expected of you?
Nothing at all. You are welcome to participate, but don't feel obligated to. Just observe if that is your choice. Please fill out a visitor card, that will be handed to you. This will provide information so the church can write or call to thank you for your visit. If you feel uncomfortable filling it out that is okay.
What kind of people can you expect to find? The same kind of people that you already know. Friendly people, imperfect people, loving people, and people that will surprise you. People who are learning and people who love the Lord. You'll find us to be like a little community with all different kinds of personalities. We are at different stages of knowledge and spiritual growth. We are brought together by our recognition that we are sinners in need of cleansing of the blood of Jesus Christ. (Mark 2:17; Romans 5:5-9; Ephesians 1:3-8; 1 John 1:5-10)
Every Sunday the Lord's Supper will be served. The New Testament teaches to do this on the First day of the week. (Acts 20:7; Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29). Plates of unleavened Bread and trays with small cups with “fruit of the vine” will be passed throughout out the congregation. Christians will break off a piece of the bread and eat it. Then take a cup and drink it. These symbolize Christ Broken Body and Shed Blood on the cross for our sins, yours and minds.
In a book rack near you there is a hymnal for your use. When the song leaders announces a number you can turn to that song and join in singing along with us. One thing about the church of Christ is that we sing acappella. We sing without musical instruments accompaniment. This is according to the New Testament pattern. (1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16)
There might be several prayers during the service. We encourage anyone to ask us to pray for them, or for someone else.
We have a plurality of teachers, not just one man get up into the pulpit and does all the teaching for the congregation. These teachers do not have a title, like pastor, or reverend. They are not more holy than someone else. They will not be wearing any ecclesiastical vestment or robe, to set them apart. The sermon will likely be about 20 to 30 minutes long. We think you will find it refreshingly Bible-centered and encouraging.