What to Expect When Visiting Us!
We understand visiting a new church can be an unsettling experience. It’s a new place, new experience, and new people. We hope a few words will set your mind at ease and encourage you to visit us at the Highway 30 Church of Christ.
We have Bible classes for all ages, so bring your family. Our teachers are dedicated to teaching God’s Word. It is our promise that we will teach your children from Bible about the most important subjects in the world: Jesus, God, The Bible, morals, and salvation. We use no catechism or creed book written by men, only the Word of the Almighty.
During worship, you will find we worship the same way the church did in the New Testament. Everything we do in worship must be Biblically sound.
Our services begin with a welcome to our visitors, an update of those that need prayer, and a reminder of upcoming activities and events.
After our announcements, our song leader will lead the congregation in singing. (Mt. 26:30; Mk.14:26; 1 Cor. 14:15; Eph. 5:19; Col 3:16; Js. 5:13). He will also do this at numerous times throughout the service. There are no mechanical instruments of music in our worship. The only sounds you will hear are the voices of the servants of God.
We don’t do this just to be different, but because a-cappella singing is the only kind authorized in the New Testament (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). It is the only kind that was practiced by the New Testament Church. Ephesians 5:19 tells us to “sing and make melody in your hearts,” so we choose to have the melody come from no other instrument than the one commanded--the heart.
We also partake of the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. This is the partaking of unleavened bread and fruit of the vine (grape juice), which our Lord instituted as a practice of His disciples shortly prior to His crucifixion (Mk. 14:22ff; Lk. 22:7ff; Mt. 26:26-29). Paul also referred to it as an act of worship (1 Cor. 11:23-34), and the church of the New Testament partook of this memorial feast on the first day of The week (Acts 20:7). We do the same.
When we gather for worship, we also give money to the Lord’s cause. This is something the New Testament church did on Sundays (1 Cor. 16:1-2). This money which is given helps us to perform the work of the church-- preaching (Eph. 3:10-11; Mk. 16:15; Acts 5:42; Col. 1:23ff; 2 Tim. 4:2), edification (Eph. 4:12, 16, 29; Acts 9:31; 1 Cor. 8:1; 1 Thess. 5:11; 1 Cor.14:26), and benevolence (Gal. 6:10; Rom.12:13; Gal. 2:10;Js. 1:27). This offering is to be voluntary. If you wish to, we will not turn your offering away, but no one will think any less of you if you do not.
Throughout the worship service, you will find that many prayers will be offered (Lk. 11:1-4; Mt. 6:5-15;Acts 12:5; Acts 2:42; 1 Thess. 5:17; 1 Tim. 2:8; 1Cor. 14:15; Col, 3:17; Mt. 5:44; Mtt. 26:41; Mk. 11:24-25). We consider prayer to be one of the greatest blessings that God has given us, and as such, we take full advantage of it.
For a good portion of our worship, the preacher will preach a sermon from God’s Word (Mk. 16:15 Acts 5:42 Acts 8:4; Acts 8:35; 1 Cor. 15:1; Gal. 1:8-9; Rom. 15:19; 1 Cor. 9:16-18; Lk. 16:16; 1 Cor. 1:21; 2 Tim. 4:2 2 Cor. 4:5; 1 Tim. 4:11; 1 Tim. 6:3; Acts 20:7; Acts 11:26). The sermon will be based on the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Men can be wrong, but God’s Word is never wrong. That is why the preacher will not give his opinion or his advice, just God’s Word. The preacher’s job is not to be a motivational speaker, but to tell people what God’s Word says. Many scriptures will be referenced during the sermon, and you are encouraged to follow along in your Bible.