By Way of Introduction
Because many people are reluctant to visit a church without knowing something about it, this brief article and video will acquaint you with us and our services.
The Worship Service is Simple and Dignified
When you attend the worship service of the Church of Christ you will find it conducted in a simple, dignified, and orderly manner. Also, you will see in the members a deep respect for God’s Holy Word. We recognize the Bible as our only rule of faith and practice, and our worship services are observed in “spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Below you will find a list of the aspects of our worship, with a short explanation of each.
SINGING – To many, our song service will be different from that which is customarily practiced in many churches. No mechanical instruments of music are used. As Christians we are commanded to sing and make melody in our heart (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). Because of this, we feel it would be an addition to God’s Will if we added and employed instruments of music. The songs we sing are selected with care, so that they convey our feelings of devotion and worship, and we hope that you will be inspired by the singing.
TEACHING – The teaching service will be handled by men only, speaking one at a time. The women will remain silent. Not because we think they are inferior mentally, but because the Apostle Paul, by inspiration, forbade them to speak in 1 Corinthians 14:35. The teaching is designed to instruct and exhort you in the ways of righteousness. You are invited to follow the speaker in the Bible as he presents his lesson. We feel sure you will leave greatly benefiting from his instruction.
CONTRIBUTION – The collection, or contribution, is taken only at the Lord’s Day (Sunday morning) service (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). At this time each disciple gives of his means as he has purposed in his heart.
THE LORD’S SUPPER – The Lord’s Supper is observed just as it was the night of our Lord’s betrayal. It is a joint participation of each disciple in the body and blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16). The brother waiting at the table will give thanks for the bread, break a piece from it, eat, and pass it on to another member of the church until the whole assembly has broken (Acts 20:7). He will then take the cup of blessing, give thanks, sup, and pass it on to each member of the church until the whole assembly drinks. This is the simple pattern given in the New Testament, and repeated at this congregation every first day of the week (Matthew 26:26-28).
PRAYER – The prayer will be led by a male member of the congregation and is designed to thank God for his blessings and request His continued watch-care over each member.
The People are Christians
Now that we have introduced you to our worship and its observance, perhaps you would like to know something about the people. According to Acts 11:26 the disciples were called Christians for the first time in the city of Antioch. The confusion and division in the religious world has resulted in party names and creeds. We have no creed but Christ, accept no book but the Bible, and wear no name but Christian. We believe that when we preach the Bible only, and obey the Bible only, we will be Christians only.
You Will Never be Embarrassed
At each service, an invitation song will be sung. Those wishing to become Christians are invited to step forward and let their desires be made known. One who believes in Christ (Hebrews 11:6), repents of his sins (Luke 13:3), confesses Christ (Romans 10:9-10), and is baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:26-27) is added to the Lord’s church (Acts 2:47). And by virtue of this obedience is a recognized member of the Lord’s church. However, this action is voluntary on the part of the one desiring to become a Christian.
At the Angus Acres Church of Christ you will receive a warm and cordial welcome every time you visit, and you will never be singled out for public attention or embarrassment. We want your visit with us to be pleasant and that your return will be soon and often.
We are located on Kilby Drive, east of 193rd (County Line) and south off 71st (Kenosha) in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. We meet for worship on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., as well as Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
We look forward to meeting you!
The Angus Acres Church of Christ - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma