We are neither tied to nor governed by the rules pertaining to a particular religious denomination. Hence, we are not bound by creeds or overseeing boards. This church is locally governed and finds its direction in the Bible, both old and new testaments.
In the Bible we find that the word “church” is from two words that combine to mean “the called out.” Christians then, are those who have been called out of the world of darkness into the marvelous light of Jesus Christ.
The Bible uses metaphors to tell us that the church has several more identities.
It is called the Body of Christ in the Bible. The head is Christ and each person is a body member. There are no differences to be noted in the value of various body members. Each member must do his or her part well.
The church is also referred to as The Family of God.
The information above demands that we look to Jesus as our Saviour and Lord. Since we believe that wherever God has a child we have a brother or sister, there is no way of knowing how many members we have around the world.
We believe that one is not born in sin, but that sin comes as a result of being tempted to go against God. This is the action of one mature enough to make adult-like decisions, not a baby.
We believe that Jesus is the one and only Saviour and that we are saved from sin’s consequences by God’s grace through our faith in Jesus the One who died to pay the price.
The Bible tells us that out of faith in Jesus one must repent of his or her sins. Repentance involves concluding that our attitudes and or actions are wrong in God’s sight and then we must feel remorse and make an about turn in our lives.
People who wished to be saved and have come to faith in Jesus and are willing to repent must then be baptized in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and at that point we will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit of God.
It is God who adds saved people to our number, therefore one cannot join the church simply on his own volition.
We believe that Jesus was born of a virgin and was crucified for each one of us. We eagerly await His return to take us to heaven as He has promised.
Most people are a little apprehensive about visiting a new church. We hope a few words will help set your mind at ease about visiting our congregation.
The church of Christ is a growing, friendly church. We are a diverse congregation that reflects the fact that God's church is for all people. The crowd often ranges in age from newborn babies (a nursery is usually available) to those who have seen most of a century pass. Professionally, there are those from all walks of life-from blue collar to white collar to students to retirees. We have business owners, plant managers, educators, office workers, plumbers, retail employees, welders, and everything in between. Educationally, we have those with Ph.Ds, as well as those who have not spent much time in school. Most fall into the category of high school graduates to college bachelor's degrees. Churches of Christ are diversified-people of all races and nationalities worship and work together as God's children (Acts 10:34-35).
Every effort is made to allow visitors to feel comfortable. You will not be singled out during the service in any way. You will not be asked to make a 'love offering'; in fact, no collections will be taken at all, except during the Sunday morning service when our members make their weekly contribution as an act of worship. Visitors are not expected to participate.
Our services generally open with a brief welcome from one of the members. The song leader then leads the congregation in two or three songs. An opening prayer is offered, followed by another song, and then the preacher delivers a sermon from the Bible. All are encouraged to bring their Bibles and follow along as he leads the study (2 Timothy 2:15).
At the sermon's end, the Lord's invitation is offered (Matthew 11:28-30) for any who want to become Christians or rededicate their lives to God. There is no coercion. During the Sunday morning service, the communion is observed by partaking of unleavened bread and fruit of the vine (1 Corinthians 11:23-29). Members make a financial offering for the poor and the spread of the gospel (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Guests are not expected to give. The service lasts about an hour and concludes with a song and prayer. Guests may sit silently in the service, or they may participate.
The church of Christ strives to be a 'visitor friendly' church. Since many of our members were at one time visitors themselves, we know how it feels on a first visit. We make it our goal to be the friendliest church you have ever visited. We aim to treat others the way we want to be treated, like Jesus said (Matthew 7:12). You'll receive a warm greeting and find assistance to locate your class (or your children's) and/or a comfortable seat in the worship service. You will not be singled out, made to stand, encouraged to give any 'testimony,' or in any other way made to feel embarrassed. The services are simple, reverent, practical, and meaningful.
When you visit, you will meet people who, just like you, sincerely want to follow the teachings of the Bible and please God with their lives. You'll find that every sermon and class is based on the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17). In fact, members and visitors are urged to bring their own Bibles and follow along. We still strive to do Bible things in Bible ways, and to call Bible things by Bible names-nothing more or nothing less. We seek to exalt Christ in our songs, prayers, sermons, and lives (Colossians 1:18). An air of hope fills the church as we think of the beautiful promise of heaven for God's faithful children (Revelation 21:1).
The church of Christ has communion every week, just as they did in New Testament times (cf. Acts 20:7). It is a highlight of the week to commemorate Christ's death and celebrate His promised return.
The whole congregation sings a capella (without mechanical instruments), just as they did in New Testament times (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). Visitors may sing along or simply listen. Many first-time visitors comment on how beautiful the singing is. Some say they find it easier to focus on the song's meaning since the words are more easily understood than with musical accompaniment.
You will find free booklets, pamphlets, tracts, and back issues of publications displayed in the entrance areas. These are free to any member or guest. Often there will be study materials distributed during Bible classes and worship services. A personal home Bible study (open Bible or video) is available for those who want to know more.
Christ's church is made up of all kinds of people (1 Corinthians 12:1; Galatians 3:27-28). You will find members of all races, educational backgrounds, and economic levels feel comfortable in our services. We mean it when we say, 'Everybody is welcome.'
The church of Christ places a great emphasis on Bible school. We feel that children are important, and that our God-given responsibility is to assist parents in teaching them about their origin, purpose, and destiny. They should come to know their Creator, Redeemer, Lord, and Savior early in life (Ecclesiastes 12:1; Matthew 19:14). They have been born into a mixed-up world, so we try to ground them in the simple truth so they will know right from wrong.
So bring your Bible and come for that visit you've been thinking about. We'll save you a seat.
A Warm And Friendly Welcome. You will find we are happy you came and will treat you with respect. There are no “great” or “small” here as we believe the ground is level at the foot of the cross of Christ. Welcome! Christ-Centered, Bible Based Teaching. From the pulpit and in the classroom, the Bible is treated as God-Breathed Scripture and Jesus will be exalted in our worship, teaching and our lives. Join us!
God-Honoring, Every Member Driven Worship. Because we believe that God is amazing we seek to bring him glory in our congregational worship
As we lift our praise to Him, you are invited to join us in this endeavor.
That We Practice The “Priesthood Of All Believers.” Since our worship is governed by the New Covenant Scritprues, each member is part of the “royal priesthood.” We make no clergy-laity distinction. All can worship.
We are determined to follow the New Testament pattern for the organization, work and worship of the church. We want to be able to show "book, chapter, and verse" for all of our practices.
Our mission is simple. Since the Lord's church is the "pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15), our purpose is to promote the teachings of Christ and to give our greatest effort to live by those teachings (John 1:14; 14:6; 2 John 9). Many religious groups have shifted their focus from spiritual teaching to social and recreational activities. This shift in emphasis has resulted in a neglect of man's most important need, i.e., preparing the soul to meet its Maker (Mark 8:36-37). Christians are commanded, "whatever you do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Colossians 3:17); this means that our teaching and practice must be authorized by the New Testament. We, at Coahoma, strive to meet this divine requirement both in our lives and in our work together as a congregation.
If you were to visit our services you would observe that we follow the same arrangement as New Testament churches did under the direction of the Lord's apostles. We sing "psalms, hymns and spiritual songs" together . We teach the Word of God (Acts 2:42). On the first day of the week (Sunday) we also commemorate the death of Christ (Matthew 26:26-29; Acts 20:7). We contribute from our earnings and possessions for the advancement of the cause of Christ in the areas of evangelism, edification through teaching and benevolence (1 Corinthians 9:14; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5). In summary, we strive to maintain an orderly service together (1 Corinthians 14:40).
Our interest in you is related to your eternal salvation. We want to do all we can in helping you to serve God faithfully. We are not interested in your money or material possessions. In fact, we do not solicit money from any visitors when the collection is taken on Sunday.
Please come and visit our services, and learn how important understanding the Bible is to us. You will enjoy the atmosphere and friendly spirit, where the only expectations we have on you as a visitor is to feel welcome.
Many people are hesitant to attend worship services at an unfamiliar church. To help alleviate any apprehensions you may have regarding our congregation, we would like to explain what you can expect when you visit with us at Grimsby church of Christ.
First of all, you will find no exclusive pews for any person. All are greeted with equal courtesy and kindness (Acts 10:34-35; Galatians 3:28). You will find no tendency toward entertainment with an organ or piano music. Like the first century Christians, we will engage in the singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19). The words used in our songs will be easy to understand (1 Corinthians 14:15). God has commanded the sincere praise of His people to come from the heart (Colossians 3:16).
You will not be confused by many people speaking or praying at the same time. Good order will prevail at every service (1 Corinthians 14:33). You will observe one of the brethren leading the congregation reverently and quietly in prayer (1 Timothy 2:1-5).
If you are present on Sunday, the Lord's Day, you will observe the congregation eating bread and drinking the fruit of the vine in memory of the death of Christ (Matthew 26:26-29). We do this on the first day of every week, like the Christians in the first century (Acts 20:7).
You will not find special collections taken at every service. A collection is taken only on the Lord's Day (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). This congregation is supported by the free will offerings of its members. We do not ask non-members to financially support our work, nor do we engage in fund raising activities like rummage sales and bingo games. We specialize in being a church, and do not compete with places of amusement.