Individually we are “Christians” (Acts 11:26). We are neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish — just “Christian and Christians only”. Our congregation is autonomous, which simply means that the congregation is independent and self-governing. We are not a denominational church (in fact, we are non-denominational and anti-denominational) which is part of a larger organization such as a diocese, a district, a conference, or a synod. There is no earthly headquarters for the church. We do not answer to an individual or organization outside the local body of Christians. Jesus Christ is our only head and His word, the Bible, is the standard which determines what we do. In the Bible there is no particular name given to the group of Christians. Rather than a particular name for the group there are many descriptive terms used for God’s people. The Bible speaks of the group of Christians as “the body of Christ” (Ephesians 1:22-23), “the church of God” (I Corinthians 1:1-2) or the “church(es) of Christ” (Romans 16:16). We simply want to be the church which Jesus promised to build (Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 20:28) — the church of Christ.
We gather each Lord’s Day for the purpose of honoring God through the songs we sing (that is vocal music, which is accapella), the prayers we offer, and in remembering the death of Christ through eating the Lord’s Supper (Communion) (Matthew 26:26-29; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 11:23-29). We have a free will offering but do not expect anyone who is not a member of this congregation to give. At each service the Word of God will be preached (2 Timothy 4:1-5).
One becomes a member of the Lord’s church by being added to the church when he is baptized (Acts 2:36-47). At the time one is immersed in water his sins are washed away by the blood of Christ (Acts 22:16; Revelation 1:5; 7:14). There is no “clergy” and “laity” in the church. We are all “one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28). This group of Christians (the church) is guided by men who are shepherds of our souls (Acts 20:28-32; Hebrews 13:17; Acts 14:23).
We invite you to assemble with us —- the Summit City church of Christ. We gather for Bible study at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday and at 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday. We would especially enjoy getting together with you personally to study the Bible so that the power of God’s Word can affect our lives.
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