When You Visit a Church of Christ
YOU CAN EXPECT to find a group of Christians assembled to worship God through Jesus Christ his Son. This worship consists of studying the Holy Scriptures, praying, singing, observing the Lord's Supper, and contributing of our means. These Christians worship as Christ directed the first century disciples (John 4:24; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Timothy 2:8; Ephesians 5:19; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
You can expect these churches to have a wholesome respect for the inspired word of God, the sole and Complete Authority in religion today. " If any man speck let him speak as the oracles of God." (1 Peter 4:11). "Let us all walk by the same rules" (Philippians 3:16). Since churches of Christ accept the word of God as an all- sufficient rule of faith and practice you can expect them to reject all human creeds (Galatians 1:8-9; Revelation 22:18-19.
Since Jesus declared, "Upon this rock I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18). Churches of Christ are identified as belonging to Him (Romans 16:16). In these churches you will hear everyone entreated to obey the Lord's commands, namely: BELIEVE in Christ (John 8:24). REPENT (Luke 13:3 CONFESS Christ (Matthew 10:32, and be BAPTIZED into Christ (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38) in order to become a Christians, a member of the Lord's church. After becoming a Christian these disciples are then urged to continue faithfully in worshiping and serving the Lord as the New Testament directs.
You may expect to hear gospel preachers pleading for all who would follow Christ to return to the original pattern of Christianity as revealed in the New Testament. It is their conviction that since the word of God is the seed of the Kingdom (Luke 8:11); if it Alone is planted in the hearts of men it will produce the fruit today as it did in the first century.
Our Services Times
Sunday Bible School
Sunday Morning Worship
Sunday Evening Worship
Wednesday Bible Study
At 10:30 AM every Sunday, Southside and its friends meet to remember Christ love and praise Him for it. There are five basic parts in service. First, praise through congregational singing of contemporary traditional hymns. Next encouragement from the Word of God, the Bible is delivered in such a manner as to touch hearts in today’s world. Third, everyone is invited to remember Christ’s death and resurrection and all they mean as we partake of the Lord’s Supper. Fourth, An opportunity for fellowship of sharing in the work is in the offering. The final part is prayers of request and praise are offered for the members and friends.
You are cordially invited to come worship with the Southside church of Christ. We are a small group of Christians who are dedicated to the principles which God has set forth for His people in the Bible.
You will receive a warm welcome and you will find that we are friendly people. We will encourage you to study the Bible with us. When we gather for worship, there are five things that we do. All five of these acts are authorized in the Bible, and by them, we grow and encourage each one who is present. What do we do in worship?
We Sing. It is vocal singing without the accompaniment of any mechanical instrument of music. The reason that we sing is this is what the New Testament authorizes – "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:19). You are welcome to sing along with us, if you wish, or you are welcome to just listen.
We Pray. Prayers are offered to God in the name of Jesus Christ. Our prayers consist of "supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks...for all men" (1 Timothy 2:1). We pray for those who are ill, those who are travelling, our political leaders, and those who keep us safe. We pray for God's approval on the things that we do and for wisdom to do the right things.
We Hear A Lesson. A sermon will be preached on a topic taken from the Bible. Just as Paul encouraged Timothy to "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2), so we do today. We have Bibles available so that you may follow along, or you may bring yours from home. We encourage you to search the Scriptures to prove the truth of the things preached (Acts 17:10-11). If you wish, either at the close of the lesson, or after we are dismissed, you may ask any questions that you may have about the lesson.
We Partake Of The Lord's Supper. We partake of the Lord's Supper which consists of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine [grape juice]. This is what Jesus gave His disciples as a memorial before His betrayal and death (Matthew 26:26-29). We partake of this each Sunday for we see this was the practice in the church during the 1st century AD (Acts 20:7). You are welcome to partake or not partake as you choose.
We Contribute Of Our Means. This is a free-will offering made by the members here for the purpose of funding the work that we are authorized to do (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). We do not solicit nor expect you as our visitor to give into this offering. You may, if you wish, but we do not require it of our visitors. We desire your presence, not your money.