The church that met in the first century engaged in very simple but heartfelt worship of the Creator and Savior. The purpose of these assemblies was primarily to bring honor and glory to God, as everything we do is to bring God glory (1 Cor. 10:31). Secondarily these assemblies were to be edifying to the worshipers (Hebrews 10:19-25). It is our privilege to worship God in like manner.
As a visitor you will not be embarrassed or singled out in any way. You will be greeted with smiling faces and outstretched hands. We hope that you will feel welcomed and comfortable with us. In our assemblies you can expect to find the following done decently and in order (1 Cor. 14:40).
PRAYER: We believe that God desires that His people pray to Him. We do that individually, but also collectively. We believe that it is the task of men to lead these public prayers (1 Tim. 2:8).
SINGING: The early church sang songs of praise to God with their voices (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). We believe that God still expects His people to worship Him in song in beautiful simplicity. It is more than a tradition, this is the will of God.
PREACHING: The good news of God is to be taught and laid upon the hearts of believers and unbelievers alike. If you visit us you can expect to hear biblical preaching. The word of God will be opened and taught as was done in the first century (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 4:17).
GIVING: God expects His people to give as they have been prospered (1 Corinthians 16:2) and as they have purposed (2 Corinthians 9:7). We do not ask or expect our visitors to give, this blessing falls to the members of the local body. It is a joy that we can take part in the grace of giving (2 Corinthians 8:7).
THE LORD’S SUPPER: The first century church met upon the first day of the week to observe the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7). This was instituted by the Lord (Luke 22:15-18), and observed regularly by the early church (Acts 2:42). We believe that the first century church observed this memorial to the Lord each and every first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:18 ff; 1 Cor. 16:1-2). The purpose is to remember the Lord’s death until He comes again (1 Cor. 11:26).