At the Chapel Grove church of Christ, our mission is to model the church found in the New Testament. We pray and hope that our worship, spirit, and conduct mirrors the Word of God. In an effort to clearly communicate our teaching and practice, we offer several different resources on this website in addition to a personal one-on-one Bible discussion at your request and convenience. May God bless us all as we pursue what glorifies Him.
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 ...
We want to invite you to take a free 6-Lesson Bible Study Course. This course will help beginners get a handle on the Bible and God's plan for saving man. After registering for the course, each lesson will be mailed directly to you and subsequently graded. Each person that finishes the course will be given a free copy of the book "Muscle and a Shovel".
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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)