You are invited to join us in our worship to and study of our awesome God! We know visiting a church is not always the most comfortable experience. We pray that the following information will help make your visit as comfortable as possible.
You can expect friendliness and love. When we say, “Everyone is welcome,” we mean it. We strive to be a group of people you can be comfortable visiting. Jesus’ words are important to us, and we take Him seriously when He says, “treat people the same way you want them to treat you” (Matthew 7:12). You won’t get the “spotlight.” You won’t get singled-out. You can expect a simple, sincere welcome that is not partial to race, gender or social class (Galatians 3:28, James 2:1-9).
You can expect Bible-based teachings. In the church of Christ you will find people just like you who want to please God and sincerely want to follow the teachings of the Bible. You’ll notice all that is taught and preached by the church of Christ is based solely on the Bible. We encourage you to visit us with your Bible in hand so you can follow along. It is important to us that we teach and preach only from the Bible, so we encourage members and visitors alike to search the Scriptures themselves (Acts 17:11). The church of Christ is committed to the teachings of the Bible by wearing Bible names and doing Bible things in Bible ways.
You can expect public prayer. A vital source of the Christian’s strength is prayer (James 1:5, 5:13-16). Christians pray in private and also when they gather together. One man usually leads us in prayer at a time (1 Timothy 2:8-13). It would cause confusion if we all offered our prayers out loud. Instead, we silently follow the one leading us verbally. Doing this allows us to stay united while we worship and praise God as reverently as possible.
You can expect the Lord’s Supper to be served. Each first day of the week (Sunday) we observe the Lord’s Supper (also known as “communion” and “breaking of bread”). Jesus Himself instituted the Lord’s Supper before His death on the cross (Matthew 26:26-29, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). We partake of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine every first day of the week because we read that is what the church in the New Testament practiced (Acts 20:7). In partaking of the Lord’s Supper we have communion with Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16). As we partake of communion it is the individual Christian’s responsibility to examine himself or herself so that he or she partakes in a worthy manner (1 Corinthians 11:27-29). It is the highlight of the week to commemorate the Lord’s death and look forward to His promised return. We neither encourage nor forbid our guests to partake of communion. It is the choice of the individual. We believe the Bible indicates that only faithful children of God enjoy fellowship and communion with Christ through the Lord’s Supper (1 John 1:5-7, Galatians 3:26-27).
You can expect singing. Singing is a very important (and beautiful) part of our worship, as it was to the Christians in the New Testament. All of our members join in together to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Although we are not all equally blessed in the beauty of our voices, we all come together as one congregation focusing on where our hearts and minds are, and not how our voices sound. To encourage order and avoid confusion we are usually led by one man at a time (like in prayer). The congregation sings together a capella (without the use of mechanical instruments). As we read through the New Testament we notice singing is the only example and command we find for how to please God in song (Matthew 26:30, Acts 16:25, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, and others). In respect of God’s word we do not add mechanical instruments in order not to add to His word (Revelation 22:18-19, Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:6). Many people who notice the simple singing found in the church of Christ often comment on the beauty of it. As a visitor you are encouraged to join in song, but it’s quite alright if you decide to sit back and listen to the words of the songs.
You can expect monetary giving. The Bible teaches the Christian to give freely and liberally on the first day of the week as God has prospered him or her (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). We give back to God as a response to our blessings. Although many things are factored in as the Christian decides how much to give, we believe the offering must be given cheerfully as a free-will offering (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). The funds collected are used to further the work of the church (including sending missionaries to foreign lands to teach others about Jesus). As a visitor it is your choice to give or not to give. You will not be embarrassed either way.
You can expect the invitation to become a Christian. It is a custom for the preacher to extend the Lord’s invitation to the congregation after his sermon. Christians who need to repent of their sins and non-Christians who wish to begin their Christian walk will be invited to take action. After the invitation is extended we will be led in a song to serve as encouragement to those who need to respond to the invitation. If you are interested in what God requires of us in order to become Christians and receive forgiveness of sins, click here.
We pray that our worship to God and the study of His word is completely biblical. Now that you know what you expect when you visit the Finger church of Christ, won’t you bless us with your presence? We always have room for more visitors, and we are ready to welcome you! Look to the left of the page for our times of worship and study. Click here to find where we meet. If you are interested in more information concerning what we believe, please click here.