Who Is the Thomasville church of Christ?
As a church of Christ, we are a Bible-based church. We believe God is the Creator of everything and He gives to humanity life, breath, and everything, so God is not far from anyone so that those who seek God find God (Acts 17:22–31). We believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Jesus is fully God in the flesh; Christ physically resurrected; salvation is by grace through faith from baptism; and the Bible is without error and all-sufficient.
We believe in following the Bible as the only guide to be a New Testament church. As a congregation of Jesus Christ, we continue the greatest mission that Jesus commanded to make disciples of all the nations by baptizing believers and teaching to observe all that Jesus taught (Matthew 28:18–20). Come join us as we serve others with God's love (1 John 3:16).
Jesus Christ is the Christian’s hope (1 Timothy 1:1). Because God so loves the world, God gave His only begotten Son who died, was buried, and resurrected to give eternal life to repentant baptized believers (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1–4). Because Jesus bodily resurrected from the dead, Christians have the same hope and will resurrect bodily like Christ (Romans 8:11, 22–25). The gospel is the good news of Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection that saves believers (1 Corinthians 15:1–11). Only God can save humanity from sin and rebellion against God (Ephesians 2:1–3; cf. Acts 4:12). By His grace, God saves us by grace and through faith in Jesus's resurrection (Ephesians 2:4–10; cf. Romans 1:9--10). By His working, God raises repentant believers from baptism to new life having forgiven them of all their sins (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12–13; 1 Peter 3:21). God’s adds repentant believers to His church by baptism (Acts 2:41, 47; 1 Corinthians 12:13).
Jesus’s life demonstrated His love for God and compassion for people. Jesus’s mission on earth was to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Likewise, churches of Christ seeks to be like Christ making disciples and demonstrating God’s love (Matthew 28:18–20). The church of Christ exists for the purpose of living and teaching the good news of Jesus Christ and eternal life to a lost world. Jesus built His church, and we seek to follow Christ as His church (Matthew 16:18).
The Bible teaches that God is love and those who know God love their brothers (1 John 4:7–12). Christ loves sinners and died for them (Romans 5:6–8). Therefore, Christians strive to keep the commandment to “walk in love, as Christ loved us” (Ephesians 5:2). Furthermore, Christians love Christ so they keep His commands (John 14:23). The churches of Christ endeavor to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15–16). Love includes showing compassion and patience as Jesus did, and love includes humbly correcting errors in ourselves and others (Matthew 18:15–17; Galatians 6:1; 2 Timothy 2:24–26). Love is the "more excellent way" and the greatest of Christian virtues (1 Corinthians 12:31; 13:1–7, 13).
Since Jesus “purchased with His own blood” the church, He alone has authority as the head of the church (Matthew 28:18; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 1:22–23). The church follows Christ who sent the Holy Spirit to guide His apostles into all truth as the apostles and prophets have written the New Testament Scriptures (John 16:12–13; 2 Peter 1:20–21). The church is devoted to following the apostles' teaching as apostolic writers wrote Scripture moved by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:42; Ephesians 3:3–5; 2 Peter 1:20–21). Therefore, the church follows the Bible as the complete guide for every doctrine and good work (2 Timothy 3:16–17). The Bible teaches that each congregation is independent and self-governed. The churches of Christ are led by a plurality of men identified as elders who oversee and pastor a congregation (Acts 20:17, 28; 1 Timothy 3:1–7; 1 Peter 5:1–4). Deacons and ministers also serve under their leadership (1 Timothy 3:8–13; 4:6–16).
God seeks true worshipers to worship Him in spirit and truth as Jesus taught (John 4:23–24). By Christ, worship has changed. Now, all Christians are priests serving in God's spiritual temple, the church, and offering spiritual sacrifices of good deeds (Ephesians 2:19–22; Hebrews 13:15–16; 1 Peter 2:5). In addition to everyday worship, the churches of Christ meet every first day of the week when Jesus resurrected from the dead (Acts 20:7). The church assembles to partake of the Lord's Supper in communion with Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:23–26). The whole congregation gathers to hear the preaching of God’s Word (1 Corinthians 14). When the church comes together, we worship with congregational singing focused on words making melody in our hearts (1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). We pray with thanksgiving to God as our prayers comprise an essential part of worship, both public and private (1 Corinthians 14:15–17). We also give to further the mission of making disciples and relieve other Christians on the first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1–2).