Matthews St. church of Christ in Bay City, TX, is a group of Christians who warmly and lovingly seek to do all things according to the Bible. We are a New Testament church meeting every first day of the week, Sunday, just as Christians did in the Bible, See Acts 20:7, NASB. We sing without musical instruments, Ephesians 5:19, NASB, according to God’s word, just as they did. We support the church financially; see 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, NASB. We pray as the Apostle Paul directed in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, NASB. We share the Lord’s Supper, 1 Corinthians 11:23-25, NASB, a time to remember and reflect on the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection.  We also hear the preaching of God’s word, 2 Timothy 4:2, NASB. All these activities are worship acts of the first-century church.

You are always welcome to our services in Bay City, TX. We offer many Bible-based opportunities for your personal growth!

Exploring Faith

You want to grow your faith. Any Bible-believing person would. We welcome your questions. Any opportunity to share God’s word is an opportunity to serve Jesus. You connect with the Scriptures here and see how they apply to your life. Check out our Topics page to see a list of articles we offer. Whatever faith questions you have, we will always give you Bible answers. We don’t want to mislead you or give you incorrect answers. Romans 10:17, ESV, states, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Faith grows as we study God’s word.

Getting to heaven to be with our Lord is our greatest goal; the only way we know how to do that is through the Bible.

If you’re in the Bay City, TX area, we’d be happy to share the scriptures with you, at your convenience, at the church building, at a public place conducive to visiting and sharing, or at home. Just contact Garland at Matthews St. church of Christ. He’ll help set up a time and place to meet.

We can always meet via email, Zoom, or a correspondence course. Just let us know what works for you.

The church of Christ is precisely as its name implies. It is the church that belongs to Christ Jesus. He said He would build it (Matthew 16:18). He established His church in Acts chapter 2. Before Acts 2, the church, or kingdom, was in the future tense. After Acts 2, it is spoken of as existing (Romans 16:16). Jesus adds those saved to His church (Acts 2:47). Each member is called a Christian or Saint.

Entrance to His church is through following the Biblical pattern for salvation. One must hear the word of God (Romans 10:17, John 8:24). An individual comes to believe that Jesus truly is the Son of God and that He was raised from the dead. Afterward, one must repent of their sins (Luke 13:3). That’s a turning away from worldly ways to God’s way of living in holiness. One must also confess publicly that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9-10). Then one is baptized to wash their sins away (Acts 22:16, Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21).

The church works to spread the gospel, the good news of salvation through Jesus. Sometimes, Saints go through difficult times, and the church will help in benevolence to them. We also study the Bible a lot, so the members are edified to do the church’s work. The church is a spiritual organization, not a social one.

There is no earthly headquarters for the church. Every congregation of the Lord’s body (Ephesians 1:21-22) is autonomous. That means every assembly answers only to the Lord. Every congregation is to have Elders who are leaders of the local church (Acts 20:28). Deacons serve the church in various ways under the direction of the Elders (1st Timothy 3:8-13). Saints, just regular, simple church members, make up the congregation’s body. Each church may have one or more preachers. Sometimes various men will fill the role of a preacher. The Bible class teachers, preachers, and Elders give Bible teaching to its members (Ephesians 4:11-12).

The local congregation comes together to worship every first day of the week (Acts 20:7). In that worship, Saints will sing without musical instruments (Ephesians 5:19), give as they have prospered (1st Corinthians 16:2), pray together (1st Timothy 2:1-4), share the Lord’s Supper, communion (Luke 22:14-23), and hear God’s word proclaimed from the Bible (2nd Timothy 4:1-2).

Members of the Lord’s body are to walk in love (Ephesians 5:2), as light (Ephesians 5:8), and in wisdom (Ephesians 5:15). To walk means a way of life. Christians are to live their lives pleasing to the Lord Jesus.

Feel free to contact us. We’re a good group of folks trying to please the Lord. You’re always invited to join us for Bible Study and Worship. If you’d like, we’ll visit you for Bible Study at your convenient time.

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