Welcome to Chapel Grove Church of Christ! We have prepared this web page because many people are reluctant to visit a church without knowing something about it. We hope that by providing some information it will help you understand more about us and our desire to practice New Testament Christianity.
OUR WORSHIP IS SIMPLE AND REVERENT
We hope that you will be impressed by the simplicity and sincerity of our services, which are organized to draw us closer to God and provide an atmosphere that allows us to worship in spirit and in truth.
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and In Truth." (John 4:24)
Since all that we do is governed by the Word of God, you will find us observing only those things described in the Bible. We are dedicated to duplicating the pattern of the church found in the Bible in everything we do. The following is a list and explanation of our congregational worship.
"Sanctify them by Your truth. (John 17:17)
"Your Word is truth" (2 Timothy 3:16)
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction
in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work") (2 Timothy 3:17)
There are several prayers offered during the congregational worship service. A person selected to offer a prayer leads the whole congregation in prayer while we individually participate by praying in our heart to God (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.") We thank God for His blessings and ask Him to continue providing us with our needs. The leader of the prayer may also take special needs of the disciples before the Father.
Christians are instructed to "sing and make melody in our heart (Ephesians 5:19), speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord") to God. Because of this no musical instruments are used in our services, except the human voice (Hebrews 13:15" Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.") The songs selected will promote our worship of God and increase our appreciation of God. Some songs may be chosen for our instruction and still others for spiritual encouragement (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.") We encourage you to sing along with us.
The teaching service will be conducted by men speaking one at a time (1 Corinthians 14:35 "And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.") The teaching will be from the Bible and designed to instruct and encourage us to have attitudes and behavior that pleases God. You are invited to follow the speaker in the Bible and take notes as he presents the lesson. We feel sure you will increase your knowledge of God's will.
The collection or contribution is taken only at the Lord's Day morning service (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: 2 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.") When the collection basket is passed, each disciple gives a portion of money in proportion to their income (2 Corinthians 8:12). "For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.") As a visitor, you will not be expected to contribute.
The Lord's Supper, or communion, is observed only at the Lord's Day morning service(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.") It imitates the example Jesus gave the night He was betrayed (1 Corinthians 11:23 "For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread...") It is a joint participation of each disciple in the body and blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16 "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?") The brother waiting on the table will give thanks for the unleavened bread, break a piece from it, eat, and then pass it on to another until the whole assembly has broken from that loaf (1 Corinthians 10:17 "For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.") He will then take the cup, containing the "fruit of the vine" (unleavened grape juice, not alcoholic wine), give thanks, sip, and pass the cup on to each disciple until all have drank (Mark 14:23 "Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.") Communion is a congregational act portraying a congregation's unity in Christ (1 Corinthians 10:17 "For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.") It is observed by each communicant examining themselves as they "eat of that bread and drink of that cup" (1 Corinthians 11:28 "But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.") This is the simple pattern enjoined upon us by Jesus and given in the New Testament. As a visitor, you will not be expected to participate. Now that we have introduced you to the congregation's worship, perhaps you would like to know something about the people who assemble and worship this way ...
In Acts 11:26 ("And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."), we find that the disciples were called "Christians." We belong to Christ and we are to be faithful to Him. There is confusion and division in the religious world because of so many distinct names, creed affiliation and identities other than Christian. We have no creed but Christ. We accept no religious authority other than the Bible. We wear no other name than Christian (1 Peter 4:16 "Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.") If we preach and practice only what is found within God's Word, the Bible, then we will be what God wants us to be Christians.
YOU WILL NEVER BE EMBARASSED
At every service, a song of invitation will be sung. Those wishing to become a Christian are invited to step forward and let their desires be known. One who believes in Christ (Hebrews 11:6). "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."), repents of their sins (Luke 13:30 "And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last."), confesses Christ as the Son of God (Romans 10:9-10 "...that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."), and is baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:26-27). "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.") is added to the church by Christ (Acts 2:47) "...praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.") By virtue of this obedience one is recognized as being a Christian and a member of the body of Christ, which is the Lord's church (Ephesians 1:22-23) "And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.") This is a voluntary action of the individual. No one will pressure you to become a Christian. You must desire to become a Christian. You will never be singled out for public attention or embarrassment. One does not need, however, to respond in an assembly of the church in order to become a Christian. We would be pleased to assist you at any hour should you decide to become a Christian.
YOU WILL ALWAYS RECEIVE A FRIENDLY WELCOME
Every visitor at this place is an honored guest. You will be greeted with a friendly smile and warm welcome. You are invited to join us as together we try "to learn what is pleasing to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:10) "...finding out what is acceptable to the Lord." If you have questions or need further information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION FOR ALL
- You must hear the gospel and then understand and recognize that you are lost without Jesus Christ no matter who you are and no matter what your background is. The Bible tells us that "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
- Before you can be saved, you must understand that you are lost and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:8)
- Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
- You must believe and have faith in God because "without faith it is impossible to please Him: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)
- But neither belief alone nor faith alone is sufficient to save. (James 2:19; James 2:24; Matthew 7:21)
- You must repent of your sins. (Acts 3:19) But repentance alone is not enough. The so-called "Sinner's Prayer" that you hear so much about today from denominational preachers does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Indeed, nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever told to pray the "Sinner's Prayer" to be saved. By contrast, there are numerous examples showing that prayer alone does not save. Saul, for example, prayed following his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), but Saul was still in his sins when Ananias met him three days later (Acts 22:16). Cornelius prayed to God always, and yet there was something else he needed to do to be saved (Acts 10:2, 6, 33, 48). If prayer alone did not save Saul or Cornelius, it will not save you either. You must obey the gospel. (2 Thessalonians 1:8)
- You must, with sincere heart-belief, confess that Jesus is Lord. He is Lord whether you confess it or not, but it is unto your salvation that you must acknowledge His deity and His ownership (Romans 10:9-10). This confession is the external expression of an internal spirit of complete submission to every aspect of His Word and Will. As with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save (Matthew 7:21).
- Having believed, repented, and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, you must be baptized for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38) It is at this point (and not before) that your sins are forgiven. (Acts 22:16)
- It is impossible to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without teaching the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation. (Acts 8:35-36; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21)
- Anyone who responds to the question in Acts 2:37 with an answer that contradicts Acts 2:38 is NOT proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ!
- Once you are saved, God adds you to his church and writes your name in the Book of Life. (Acts 2:47; Philippians 4:3) To continue in God's grace, you must continue to serve God faithfully until death. Unless they remain faithful, those who are in God's grace will fall from grace, and those whose names are in the Book of Life will have their names blotted out of that book. (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Galatians 5:4)