MATTHEWS STREET CHURCH OF CHRIST
The church of Christ is exactly 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 future tense. After Acts 2 it is spoken of as existing (Romans 16:16). Jesus adds those who are 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. Afterwards 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 work of the church. The church is a spiritual organization, not a social one.
There are no earthly headquarters for the church. Every congregation of the Lord’s body (Ephesians 1:21-22) is autonomous. That means every congregation answers only to the Lord. Every congregation is to have Elders who are leaders of the local church (Acts 20:28). There are deacons who serve the church in various ways under the direction of the Elders (1st Timothy 3:8-13). Saints, just regular, simple, members of the church make up the body of the congregation. Each church may have a 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 come visit you for Bible Study at your convenient time.