Simply Christians

We are a diverse group of people (ethnically, economically, socially, etc.). Yet, we are united by and in Christ (Galatians 3:26-28; Colossians 3:11). We are united in seven ways (Ephesians 4:4-6); one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father. We are united by our desire to go to heaven and to help others get there.

We are completely un-denominational. We want to be Christians only, nothing more and nothing else. We are not hyphenated Christians. We are an autonomous congregation (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1).

We have no book but the Bible. We believe that the apostles were guided into all truth (John 16:13). Therefore, there is no need for man-made creed books. Any creed book containing more than the Bible is objectionable because it does contain more than the Bible. Any creed book containing less than the Bible is objectionable because it does contain less than the Bible. Any creed book differing from the Bible is objectionable because it does differ from the Bible. Any creed book exactly like the Bible is needless since we already have the Bible.

We take seriously the truth that we should do all things in love (1 Corinthians 13:1-ff; 16:14; Ephesians 4:15). In matters of faith, there should be unity; in matters of opinion, there should be liberty, but, in all things, there should be love.

Simple & Reverent Worship

Worship in the New Testament consists of five distinct acts (see below). We seek to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

  • In Spirit: That is, out of a sincere heart (John 4:24 cf. Joshua 24:14; Colossians 3:16).
  • In Truth: That is, according to God's word (Jn. 4:24 cf. 17:17).

In the bookracks on the pews, you will find songbooks. The song leader will announce a song number. You may turn to the song and you should feel free to sing along with us, as we lift up our voices with gratitude in our hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16). You may notice that we do not use mechanical instruments or music in our worship. We do not use such because we find no command (or direct statement), example, or implication from the New Testament that such is to be used. You may also notice that we do not use soloists, choirs or praise singers. This is for the same reason. We do not want to add to, or take from what He says. We seek to speak where the Bible speaks, and to be silent where the Bible is silent.
In every worship assembly there will be several prayers. We pray thanking God and making our requests known (Philippians 4:6). We believe in the power of prayer. It is a great privilege to be able to petition His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). In public prayer, one man will lead the assembly in prayer. The assembly silently prays along with the prayer leader. He should speak in a manner that can be understood by others (1 Corinthians 14:14-16).
The man who does the preaching won't be wearing an ecclesiastical collar or robe. Such distinguishing dress is not found in the New Testament. All believers are priests before God (cf. 1 Peter 2:9). The preacher will be a man (women are not to be the leaders in the assembly, based on 1 Corinthians 14; 1 Timothy 2). He will seek to edify (1 Corinthians 14:26). He will be helping mankind develop "love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith" (1 Timothy 1:5). The sermon will last about 30 minutes. At the end of the lesson, the preacher will extend an invitation. This is an expedient time for people to respond. Do not feel that this is taking place because you are there; you are not being singled out.
Lord's Supper: We observe the Lord's Supper each Sunday (Acts 20:7). We do this in remembrance of Jesus' death for us (1 Corinthians 23-26, 29). The bread represents the body of Christ and the juice represents the blood (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-ff). The Lord's Supper, along with all other acts of worship, is for Christians (Acts 20:7 cf. 11:26). However, we will not interrogate you before serving you. If you do not wish to partake, simply pass the tray down to the next person on the pew.
The church is supported by free will offerings. The Bible does not authorize the church to raise money by bake sales, car washes and other such practices. Each member gives as he has financially prospered (1 Corinthians 16:2) and as he has purposed in his heart (2 Corinthians 9:7). If you are not a member, you are not expected to give. The work of the church is supported by its members. Feel perfectly comfortable with passing the plate to the next person, if this is what you choose.

Plan A Visit

It is not uncommon for one to feel a bit apprehensive when visiting a new place. It is unfamiliar. One is unsure what to expect. Let us remove some of the unknown. Let us walk through a typical assembly. We want you to know what to expect so that you may feel comfortable when visiting us.

The Setting: We meet in a church building for convenience sake. The church is the people. We could meet anywhere. However, we do meet in a building for convenience sake. As you enter the auditorium, you will see rows of pews. There are no reserved seats, so feel free to sit anywhere you wish.

Bible Classes: We have Bible classes on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings for all ages. If you have children, we will help you find the appropriate class for your children to attend. There is also a ladies class on Wednesday evenings.

Most of the teachers allow time for the students to ask questions, make comments, and discuss scriptures. Speak up at that time if you wish. However, you can just listen if you choose.

Sunday mornings, the classes start prior to the auditorium assembly. They last about 45 minutes and we hold classes for all age groups.

Wednesday evenings, the classes start following an auditorium assembly. We meet in the auditorium for about 15 minutes for announcements, songs, a short devotional lesson and prayer. Then, we break up into our classes, which last about 45 minutes.