What is the Church of Christ?
Our answer is two-fold. First, we need to explain what we are not. We are not a denomination, though you may find other churches using the same name. We do not subscribe to any creed or follow any headquarters’ instructions about our doctrines, practices, or decisions. We are not governed by anyone or anything other Jesus and His word found in the Bible (Ephesians 1:20-23; Colossians 1:15-18; John 12:48).
Second, and more importantly, let us explain what we are. We believe that when Jesus came to earth, He planned to build a church composed of the people who believe in Him (Matthew 16:18). This church began in Jerusalem after Jesus died, rose, and ascended to heaven (Acts 2). Since that time, local churches have been established across the world based on the same instructions which were given to the 1st century churches, outlining how to worship, organize, and live (Acts 2:42; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:15). Our goal is to follow that same pattern today. By doing so, we hope to please Jesus by following His original design for His church, hence the name "Church of Christ." This is not a denominational or doctrinal title, but merely a description identifying ourselves as Jesus' followers.
Why do you not use instruments in worship?
The apostles' teaching (ultimately given by Jesus--2 Peter 3:2) included commands to sing in worship (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16), but no reference is made to Christians playing instruments as worship. Therefore, in keeping with our goal to follow Jesus' will revealed in the New Testament Scriptures, we simply sing as He has expressly communicated. In fact, the instrument we play is stated in Ephesians 5:19--"making melody in your heart to the Lord." By using only our voices, we do two things: we honor God's expressed desire for worship, and we offer genuine, thankful praise to our King.
How should I dress when I visit?
We believe worshipping God is a special occasion, but we also understand that the heart is much more important than physical appearance (1 Samuel 16:7). On most Sundays you will see some of our members wearing suits and ties, and others in polos and jeans. Some ladies wear slacks, while other prefer skirts or dresses. Please know that however you dress for our assemblies, you will not be called out or embarrassed; we will just be delighted you've come.
What kind of social activities do you offer?
Following the example of the early Christians, we often eat and spend time together outside our assemblies (Acts 2:46). Sometimes members host barbeques, pitch-ins, or game nights. Hospitality is important to us (1 Peter 4:9). We value these times for the unity and supportive atmosphere they create. Please note that these events are organized and sponsored by individuals or families within the congregation, not by the church itself. We believe the church is not a social but a spiritual organization, so our collective resources (money, facilities, etc.) are reserved for preaching the gospel and assisting needy Christians, in keeping with the New Testament's instructions.
What are your Bible classes like?
We offer classes for all ages, from infant to adult. Children's classes are designed to teach the Bible in an engaging, memorable way - the kids at Westfield love going to class and are always excited learn something new! Teen and adult classes are always focused on a specific topic or a specific text/section of the Bible to help us grow in our knowledge of God - teachers strive for practical, loving, and Bible-focused discussion, so feel free to get involved by asking questions or making comments.
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