November 19, 2000
Volume 10, Number 47

The Churches of Christ Salute You

The churches of Christ are divine in origin, apostolic in doctrine, spiritual in worship and godly in life. Throughout the world religion is found in every land. Churches abound on every hand. But, in the days of Paul, the only religion acceptable to God was Christianity and the only churches of the New Testament were churches of Christ. We still believe that true churches of Christ exist and can be recognized among the many human institutions claiming to be the church Christ established.

The Churches Of Christ Of The New Testament ... Were Divine In Origin (Matthew 16:18).

Jesus Christ is divine, deity, infallible and sinless, in fact, God Himself (John 1:1; Matthew 17:5; Hebrews 1:3). Therefore, any church He established is divine in origin (Matthew 16:16-18, Colossians 1:13-17). Jesus is its head and foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11; 1 Peter 2:6-7; Colossians 1:18; 1:24, Ephesians 1:20-23). It, then, is His body (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:23); therefore, It is not a sect, or a denomination. To be a member of any other institution established by man for salvation will cause you to be lost (Cf. Matthew 15:13; John 12:48-50).

The Churches Of Christ Of The New Testament ... Were Apostolic In Doctrine (Acts 2:42).

The early church followed the teachings of the apostles in all things (Acts 2:42; Galatians 1:6-9; 2 John 9). They did only what the Bible authorized (1 Corinthians 4:6). They did everything the apostles commanded (Revelation 22:18-19), without change. They were called Christians (Acts 11:26; lsaiah 62:2), and only Christians (I Peter 4:16). They referred to the church only by divine designations (Romans 16:16; Acts 8:1; Hebrews 12:23). All human names were forbidden (1 Corinthians 1:10-13). They preached the "oneness" of Christianity (Ephesians 4:1-6), and condemned false doctrine and teachers (Romans 16:17-18). They taught Jesus died for the church (Acts 20:28) and that only the faithful in the church would be saved (Ephesians 5:23-27). Therefore, the church is essential for salvation. They preached the only way to get into Christ was by baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12). Baptism was a burial. They preached that "faith alone or faith only" was useless (James 2:19-24).

The Churches Of Christ Of The New Testament ... Were Spiritual In Worship (John 4:24).

They taught only those who worship in spirit and in truth were acceptable to God (John 4:24). They taught that truth was found only in the word of God (John 17:17). They worshipped every Sunday (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Their worship included communion each Lord's day (Acts 20:7). They used only vocal music in worship (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). No instruments were allowed. They gave as they prospered (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Tithing was not taught. They practiced "pure and undefiled religion" (James 1:27). They carried the gospel to every creature (Colossians 1:23).

The Churches Of Christ Of The New Testament ... Were Godly In Living (2 Pet. 1:3).

They realized their citizenship was in heaven (Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 3:1). Therefore, they were pilgrims and sojourners on the earth and must abstain from fleshly lusts (1 Peter 2:11-12). They believed their lives must reflect the very nature of God Himself (Matthew 5:48, 1 Peter 1:15; 1 John 3:3). Therefore, they manifested God's excellencies (1 Pet 2:9-10). When any refused they were disciplined accordingly (1 Corinthians 3:9-13; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; Titus 3:10-11).

The churches of Christ of the New Testament turned their world up-side down, in fact, they turned an up-side world right side up! The same will happen today anywhere, anytime, when men will begin to sow the same seed, the word of God, and allow Christ to direct their faith and lives. If the church you attend is not like the one we seen in the New Testament, why not become a member of the church you read about in your Bible?

“Worry is a thin stream that erodes away the banks of our lives
and lets a flood overwhelm them.”

Arthur Roche

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Remember in Prayers:

Cathy Jenson - Robin Vowell - Naomi Morton - Virginia Law

Richard Treece - Leslie Johnson - Buddy Morgan - Erin Guin

Stepheny & Jerry Bennett - Bill & Jeanne Sherman

Viola Morinier - Lillian Comiskey

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Building Program: This past week we received our plans from the architect. We also have our permit from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The engineers have applied for our permit to hook up to city water and we should be in a position to apply for our building permit and begin getting bids on the work.
Click here for a preview of some of the work that is being done.

Sunday Adult Bible Class: "A Visual Study of the Missionary Journeys of Paul" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 31. (6:30 PM)

Song Service: Next Sunday evening at 6:00 pm
Men's Prayer Breakfast: Saturday, December 16th. at 8:00 am. The elders will be preparing breakfast.
Ladies Day: February 3, 2000. Guest speaker will be Rhonda Thompson from Montgomery, Alabama.

Sunday’s Lessons:

The Church ... "Living Stones" (1 Peter 2:5)

A Killer is Converted (Acts 9:23-30)

Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Jim Dougan

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


David Coffman



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

James Bowman


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Delbert Leavens


David Coffman

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Glen Law



$ 1716.00
Dick Navarre
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Mike Weber
Kerry Keathley
Weekly Average (yr):

Don Douglas

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