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Our Purpose

            To glorify God! While each individual Christian is to glorify God (First Corinthians 6:19-20), the church as a whole has the same responsibility and privilege. The primary venue to glorify God is through imitating Jesus Christ’s character and mission (First Corinthians 11:1). While on earth His character demonstrated a love of God, a compassion for people, and a life of obedience and good works. His mission on earth was to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Likewise, the church of Christ seeks to be a people whose character and mission reflects that of Jesus (Ephesians 5:22-32; Matthew 28:18-20). We exist for the purpose of living and teaching the Good News of Jesus Christ and eternal life to a world lost in sin.

Our Attitude

            Love. The Bible teaches that Christian love seeks the greatest good (John 3:16; First John 4:19; Romans 5:8), and there is no greater good than knowing God and His son, Jesus. We strive to keep the commandment to “walk in love, as Christ loved us” (Ephesians 5:2) by living in obedience to God’s Word. Love seeks truth and seeks to present that truth in a loving way (Ephesians 4:15). Love means showing compassions and patience as Jesus did. Love also means humbly correcting errors in ourselves and others when necessary (Galatians 6:1). Love is the "more excellent way" and the "greatest" of the Christian virtues (First Corinthians 12:31; 13:4-7, 13).

Our Authority

The New Testament. Since Jesus “purchased with His own blood” the church (Acts 20:28), He alone has supreme authority as the head of the church (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:22-23). This means that no creeds, councils, or confessions (other than Jesus Christ as the Son of God, Romans 10:9) exist within Christ's church. The Bible teaches that each local church is autonomous and is to be led by a God-approved, plurality of men commonly known as elders (Acts 20:17; First Peter 5:1-4), bishops (First Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9), or pastors (Ephesians 4:11). Because a preacher is not required to fulfill those qualifications, he is merely a minister (servant) to the church, and not a pastor. The leaders of the church have no authority outside of the Bible.

Our Worship

            Heartfelt and God-approved. God seeks true worshipers to worship him in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). This means we should be emotionally engaged in expressions of worship prescribed by God that are characterized by a sincere love for Him. The New Testament church provides examples of God-approved worship. They met on the first day of the week to "break bread" (partake of the Lord's Supper) and to hear God's Word (Acts 20:7). They also gave of their means on the first day of the week (First Corinthians 16:1-2). When they came together their music consisted of singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; the only instrument they used was their heart (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19; First Corinthians 14:15). Prayers also comprised a part of their worship, both public and private (1 Timothy 2:1-8). Our worship seeks to place God as the focus and recipient of worship by offering worship that He wants.

Our Hope

            Jesus Christ. Only God can save humanity from sin and eternal destruction (Ephesians 2:8-10). It is His grace that saves us and our obedient faith that adds us to His church. Our hope exists because we are the church that Jesus Christ built (Matthew 16:18). We do our best to ensure our purpose is to glorify God and that our attitude is characterized by love. We do our best to ensure the our authority is the New Testament and that our worship is what God wants. We pray that those who are seeking God will search the New Testament to discover God's way to salvation and the one church that Jesus built (Ephesians 4:4). 

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We are a group of people who love the Lord and want to share that love with others. Our hope is that all who visit us will see this love in us.

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Thomasville church of Christ
711 E Pinetree Blvd
PO BOX 6116
Thomasville, GA 31792
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