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Introduction to the Mary Street church of Christ

Introduction to the Mary Street church of Christ

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  • 1. 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 (Col.1:13). 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. The reason for this is because 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 national organization. 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 offers. 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 (Mt.10:32-33). 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).
  • 2. 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 to God. 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? Questions?       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 (2 Cor.10:3-5). 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 (432) 558-3554 Meeting Times 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 this church?  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 Bible teaches?  We ask you to carefully consider what the Bible teaches about Christianity.