What You Can Expect When You Visit The West 65th Street Church Of Christ
We would like very much for you to visit us at the West 65th Street church of Christ and we want you to feel comfortable when you do. Knowing that an unfamiliar place may be intimidating, we would like to alleviate any apprehensions you may have by explaining what you can expect when you honor us with a visit.
What Kind Of People Will Greet You?
We are a diverse group, from many walks of life - Old and young, rich and poor, different races, (actually souls have no skin color, for each and every one is more valuable than all the world, Matthew 16:26). We are simply trying to be faithful Christians, doing nothing more and nothing less than what God expects of us.
We are still learning, and would be very happy for you to join us in our efforts to learn God's will and apply it to our lives.
A brief description of our background may help you to understand us.
We are part of "The Restoration Movement." Our goal is to "restore" the New Testament church in our time -- to determine from the Bible what the church was like in the beginning, and to be like that. We are trying to follow the pattern given to the first century Christians by the inspired writers of the Bible. We aim to be a Bible-centered church, and we try hard to be just that. If anyone has a question regarding what we teach or practice, we will be glad to give "book, chapter and verse" to explain our practices.
What Will You Experience When You Visit With Us?
When you come to our building at 7115 West 65th Street, you will enter into the foyer where we have numerous tracts and publications that you are free to take with you to read.
In the auditorium there are rows of pews for those who gather to worship. Feel free to sit wherever you choose. There are no reserved seats.
In the bookrack in front of you there is a song book for your use. The song leader will announce the songs so that we may all sing together.
One of the unique things about us that may seem strange to some people is that the music is a cappella." That is, we sing without the use of instrumental music.
This is not just a preference with us but is a conviction based on the Scriptures and the practice of the early Christians. (Ephesians 5:19: Colossians 3:16)
Some people may consider us to be "narrow" on this. However, we are striving to please God, not men. (Galatians 1:10) We're sure that you will find the singing meaningful, with everyone being invited to participate.
There will be prayers during the service. One man will be leading the congregation in prayer while the rest of us participate by listening and following along, silently joining in. (1 Corinthians 14:40) This is our way, as a congregation, of carrying out God's commandment and exercising our right as Christians to thank Him for His blessings and to request His guidance and help.
You will notice that the preacher doesn't have a title. He will not be referred to as "Pastor" or "Reverend". He will be referred to as "mister" or "brother, or perhaps, just called by his first name.
He won't be wearing a robe, or any of the "ecclesiastical vestments" which would set him apart from other Christians. The reason for this is our belief that all are equal in the priesthood of all believes. (1 Peter 2:5-9)
The sermon will likely be about 30 to 45 minutes. It will be according to the Bible. Afterward, you are invited ask questions or comment on anything you do not understand.
At the close of the sermon, the preacher will "extend an invitation." This is simply an opportunity to invite those who are convinced to take whatever steps they need to make themselves right with God. Non-Christians may request to be baptized, or a Christian may come forward to confess a sin, or ask for prayers. If any respond to be baptized, they will be immersed in water for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:3 8, Romans 6:3,4). You will not be singled out in any way.
If you visit on Sunday, the Lord's Supper will be included in the worship service. Again, the reason is that we are following the New Testament pattern. The early church did this on the "first day of the week". (Acts 20:7)
If you visit on Sunday, you will notice that a "free-will" offering will be collected from the members of this church.
According to the pattern of the New Testament (1 Corinthians 16:1,2), this collection will not be taken on any other day of the week.
As our guest, you are not expected to make a contribution. Feel perfectly comfortable to just pass the collection plate on down the row.
What Will Be Expected Of You?
We invite you to read the Scriptures with us and consider what we say. We would be happy to have you sing along with us as we praise God in song. But if you'd rather not, just sit and observe.
We would like for you to fill out a Visitor's Card that we may have a record of your visit, and allow us to write or call and express our appreciation, but if you are uncomfortable doing so, feel free to decline this request.
You're Invited To Visit With Us
Again, we are simply Christians, trying to pattern our lives and our worship according God's inspired word, the Bible.
We welcome you to come and visit with us, to investigate our practice and our teaching, and to compare what you see and hear with the Bible.
Elders / Karl VanDevender / Rufus Thrower
Deacons / Bennie Stephens / Bobby Barger
Evangelist / Don McClain - (Study) 568-1062
WEST 65th STREET CHURCH OF CHRIST / DON MCCLAIN / 2019