Churches of Christ have no official creeds, church manuals, or confessions of faith to which members must subscribe. There are no synods, councils, or governing bodies handing down official decrees to churches. The only authoritative document that governs belief and practice is the Bible. Churches of Christ accept the Bible as their oly guide in spiritual matters.
What To Expect During Our Services
- Singing: The Bible tells us that singing teaches and admonishes and gives praise to God (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:15). We are to sing with our heart. We sing a cappella, meaning with no musical instruments.
- Scripture Reading: Somewhere in the service before the sermon, God’s Word will be read. (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Most of the time, we will stand in reverence as it is read.
- Lord’s Supper: Every Sunday, we are to remember the Lord’s body and blood through the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7). This is a memorial that the Lord Himself instituted. We are taught to concentrate on the cross and our Lord’s great sacrifice for us during this time.
- Offering: Normally, after the Lord’s Supper, a plate will be passed to collect the weekly financial offering (1 Corinthians 16:1-3). This giving is to be done cheerfully and lovingly (2 Corinthians 9:7). We are instructed to give as we have been prospered. As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation.
- Preaching and Teaching: The gospel message is an important part of our service. Paul told young Timothy to “preach the word” (2 Timothy 4:2).