What is the Mary Street church of Christ?
The word "church" simply means "called out." It
refers to people. Thus, when we speak of the
"church of Christ," we are referring to people
who have been "called out" of the world of
darkness and into the kingdom of Jesus Christ
The Mary Street church of Christ is simply a
group of people in this locality that belong to
Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
What Has Brought Us Together?
As Christians, we share a common faith and
salvation (Jude 3; Titus 1:4). This faith and
salvation is based purely upon the Bible, God's
inspired word. As Christians who believe and
teach the same things, we have agreed to work
together in order to accomplish God's will in this
locality, and to carry out commands that God
has designed for disciples to do when they come
together as a church (For example. see Acts 20:7
and 1 Cor.11:18ff).
Are We A Denomination?
No. We believe that denominationalism is sinful.
denominationalism is based upon division,
which is clearly condemned in Scripture (1
Cor.1:10-13; Eph.4:1-6; John 17:20-21). The
Bible teaches against following after men and
man-made doctrines (Mt.15:7-9; Col.2:20-23).
We are determined to follow only the Bible and
do only what is authorized by God therein. We
have no other creeds, no denominational
alliances with a "super body" or hierarchical
We have no councils, synods, or earthly
headquarters to make decisions for us. We
believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the
church (Col.1:18) and anything we do, believe,
or teach must be found in the Scriptures (1 Peter
4:11). Each church in the New Testament was
autonomous, independently working to do God's
will. We strive to pattern ourselves completely
after the New Testament. We believe this to be
the only safe course as we make it our aim to
please God. When a church simply follows what
the Bible teaches, it will not be a denomination,
since there were none in the first century. We
are striving to follow the Bible in every way and
only be what the Lord has authorized. We invite
you to join us in this effort.
What About Our Worship? Again, as a
church, we try to do only what we can read
about in the New Testament, since this is our
law today (Col.2:14; Heb.1:1-2). In the New
Testament, the disciples "continued steadfastly
in the apostle's doctrine and fellowship, in the
breaking of bread and in prayers"(Acts 2:42).
The breaking of bread refers to the Lord's
supper, and the disciples met upon every first
day of the week as a church to partake of it (Acts
20:7). Thus, you will find us doing the same on
every first day of the week. They also engaged
in singing without the use of musical
instruments (Eph.5:19; Col.3:16). You'll notice
that we do not have an instrument in our
worship, not because we cannot afford one, but
because we do not find authority for the use of
one in the New Testament. They also gave of
their means on the first day of the week in order
to support the Lord's work (1 Cor.16:1-2).
And they engaged in prayer and in the teaching
of God's word. All of these things we will do in
our worship together because we can read about
it in the New Testament.
What Do We Teach About Salvation? Only
what the Bible teaches, nothing more or less.
There are many theories today concerning what
it takes to be saved. Many think that what was
necessary in the New Testament days is no
longer necessary now. But the gospel is still the
same, and no amount of time passing can alter
the God-given truth or His conditions of
salvation. What made Christians in the first
century still makes Christians today.
1. We believe that we are saved by grace
through faith (Eph.2:8-10). God sent His Son to
die on the cross in order that we might be saved
from our sins and have the hope of eternal life (1
John 2:1-2). This is the grace (favor) that God
2. Yet, God's grace has never been
unconditional. We must DO the will of God
(Mt.7:21-23; Heb.5:9). After we have done all
that is commanded, we can still only say, "We
are unprofitable servants. We have done what
was our duty to do" (Luke 17:10).
3. The Bible teaches that "without faith it is
impossible to please" God (Heb.11:6). Thus,
faith is a condition of salvation (John 3:16).
4. But faith alone is insufficient (James 2:14-26).
We must express our faith by doing whatever
God has told us to do. Unless we do this, we
cannot be saved.
5. God has commanded that all men everywhere
repent of sin (Acts 17:30-31). Repentance is a
change of mind that produces a change in life.
Without it, we cannot be saved (Luke 13:3).
6. Confession is a condition of salvation
(Rom.10:9-10). Unless we confess our faith in
Christ, He will not confess us before God
7. Baptism is a condition of salvation. Without
it, we cannot have the remission (forgiveness) of
our sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). When we are
baptized (Immersed, buried - Rom.6:3-4), we are
born again and raised to walk in newness of life.
(see also Gal.3:26-27; 1 Pet.3:21; Col.2:11-12;
Mk.16:16). Unless our faith is expressed in
baptism, we fail to meet God's conditions, and
thus fail to please Him.
8. Faithful living is also required in order to go
to heaven (Rev.2:10). If we fall back into the
world, we will lose our souls (2 Pet.2:1; 20-22).
What is our plea? Our plea is for pure New
Testament Christianity. We urge all people to
forsake denominationalism, renounce all manmade creeds and doctrines, and follow the pure
teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "If you
abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed"
(John 8:31). And John wrote, "whoever
transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine
of Christ does not have God. He who abides in
the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the
Son"(2 John 9).
It does matter what you believe and practice. It
does matter what church you are a member of.
Our plea is for unity. However, we will not
compromise truth in order to have it. True unity
is a "unity of the Spirit," which means it must be
based upon the things revealed by the Holy
Spirit (Eph.4:1-6). Therefore, we plead with all
to go back to the Bible and follow it fully; this is
the only way to have true unity and be pleasing
Our Plea Is For:
A church that teaches the Bible only and that
studies it diligently (2 Tim.2:15).
A church that wears only a Scriptural name of
her Lord and Head (Acts 4:12).
A church that looks to the adornment of her
members in holy living rather than extravagant
dress (1 Pet.1:13-15).
A church supported by her own members giving
"as prospered" and not by pan-handling nonmembers to pay church debts, or engaging in
secular enterprise to get funds for church work
(1 Cor. 16:1-2).
A church that worships just as the New
Testament teaches without the additions of
human schemes and innovations
(1 Pet. 4:11; 1 Cor.4:6; 2 John 9).
Will You Join Us In This?
If you have any questions, please feel
free to ask.
We would be delighted to study with
you at your convenience.
We can only stand upon the Bible.
We have nothing to offer except Jesus
Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor.2:2).
We have no gimmicks, no carnal
appeal, and nothing fancy
We believe that Jesus Christ and His
truth are powerful enough to draw
those who are searching for truth
(Jn.12:32; Rom. 1:16).
If this interests you, please let us know.
We urge you to study the Bible for yourself and
see what it says. We would be happy to assist
you in your search for truth!
The Mary Street church of Christ
1400 S. Mary St. Crane, TX 79731
Sunday Bible Study.... 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Assemblies...10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study.... 7:00 p.m.
Visit Us Soon!
An Introduction To The
Mar y Street
CHURCH OF CHRIST
Have you wondered about
Have you wondered about all
the division and turmoil found
in the denominational world?
Are you looking for a church
that teaches only what the
We ask you to carefully
consider what the Bible
teaches about Christianity.