Our goal at Concord Church of Christ first and foremost is to please God. Therefore, we take all of our instruction for the worship assembly from commands and examples in the New Testament. We don’t have a separate book of creeds or rituals.
- John 4:23-24 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”(NKJV)
- 2 John 9 “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.”(NKJV)
What You’ll See In Our Assembly
Several times throughout the assembly, we will pray to God. We will pray for specific and general needs of members in the congregation, our community and world. We will also pray to thank God for the blessings he has provided.
- 1 Corinthians 14:15 “What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.”(NKJV)
We offer our praise to God through acappella singing, which is singing only with our voices and no instrument accompaniment. In the Bible, we are instructed to sing with our voices and hearts, this provides a very uplifting and beautiful experience.
- Ephesians 5:19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”(NKJV)
- Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”(NKJV)
We have on average 8 different teachers who take turns teaching each month. Instruction and examples in the New Testament guide us in this decision. Not only is it scriptural, but also there are many benefits to having multiple teachers in a congregation. Each of these men offers something unique to the teaching portion of the assembly.
- 1 Corinthians 14:26 “How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.”(NKJV)
- Ephesians 4:11 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.”(NKJV)
- Acts 13:1 “Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.”(NKJV)
Every Sunday we partake of the Lord’s Supper, also called Communion. This is where we partake of the bread and fruit of the vine which Jesus commanded us to partake and remember Him. Our example for this comes from the book of Acts-
- Acts 20:7 “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.”(NKJV)
We are also taught that having communion with the Lord is vital to our spiritual well being.
- 1 Corinthians 11:27-29 “Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. ”(NKJV)
Every Sunday, we pass plates to collect our members’ monetary contribution to the church. We use these funds to pay utilities, support missionary work nationally and internationally, and to fill any needs of our congregation. We do not require anyone to donate or require a certain amount/percentage.
- 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.”(NKJV)
- 2 Corinthians 9:7 “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”(NKJV)
After the sermon, the speaker will invite anyone with a need to come to the front pew and have a seat. If you find yourself with any kind of need, such as prayers, a bible study, or you would like to be baptized into Christ, this is an opportunity for you to ask. After you have a seat at the front, a leader will come and ask about your needs. Every member of the congregation will be ready and willing to help.
- Matthew 11:28-30 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”(NKJV)
- James 5:16 “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”(NKJV)
We have 3 meeting series every year, always open to the public. Each meeting is held by an evangelist, or guest speaker, and provides wonderful teaching and fellowship. These meetings provide great opportunities to expose friends and family to the Gospel or to strengthen your own faith. Meetings are typically 3-7 nights long, often with community outreach and extra fellowship planned.