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 Virginia Church of Christ  

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God's plan for becoming a Christian:
 
1. HEAR the gospel of Christ
(Romans 10:13-17)
2. BELIEVE in Christ
(Mark 16:15-16)
3. REPENT of past sins(ACTS 2:36-47)
4. CONFESS faith in Christ
(Romans 10:9-10)
5. BE BAPTIZED into Christ (Acts 22:16; I Peter 3:21)
6. Live FAITHFULLY (Romans 12:1-2)
   
 
 
The church of Christ:
 
1. The Bible is its only guide(Romans 1:16;
I Thess. 2:13)
2. Wears a Biblical Name (Romans 16:16)
3. Established at the right place
(Isaiah 2:2, 3;Acts 2)
4. Established at the right time
(Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2)
5. Established on the right person(Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:36)
6. Saved are in it (Ephesians 5:23;
Acts 2:47)
7. Its members are enrolled in heaven(Hebrews 12:23)
8. Membership in it is obtained by obedience to God's commands including baptism(Acts 2:41-47; I Cor. 12:13)
 
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"..and upon this rock I will build my church" (MT. 16:18)
 
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"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (MK 16:15)

 
Bible correspondence course(FREE)click
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 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32)
 
 
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Virginia
Church of Christ
702 5th Avenue South
Virginia MN 55792

(218) 741-5831
 
www.virginiachurchofchrist.com
 
 
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Here are a few things you should know about the church of Christ
 
  • The creed of the church of Christ: The church of Christ has no creed but the Bible. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, and it is all we need to guide us in all religious matters (II Timothy 3:16&17).
     
  • The pattern for the church of Christ: In order for a church to be the same church which you can read of in your New Testament, it must follow the pattern God has set forth for His church. That pattern is the New Testament (Hebrews 9:15-17). The church of Christ follows that pattern.
     
  • The name of the church of Christ: Consistent with its claim to follow the New Testament pattern, the church of Christ goes by a Biblical name (Romans 16:16). It does not bear the name of any man, or any man-made doctrine. The church of Christ bears the name of the founder of the church (Matthew 16:18). The name which its individual members wear is the name given to those who followed Christ in the first century. That name is "Christian" (Acts 11:26).
     
  • The worship of the church of Christ: The church of Christ follows the New Testament pattern of worship which includes the following:

    --  The church of Christ worships on Sunday,which is the first day of the week (Acts 20:17; 1 Corinthians 16:1,2).

    --  The worship of the church of Christ is directed to God, and is done in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

    --  The worship service of the church of Christ involves participation in five acts of worship. These are:

    > singing (Ephesians 5:19);
    > praying (Acts 2:42);
    > partaking of the Lord's Supper (Acts 20:7, Matthew 26:26-29);
    > giving as you have been prospered to the church (1 Corinthians 16:1,2);
    > preaching (Acts 20:7).
     
  • The work of the church of Christ: The New Testament sets forth for the church a threefold work. The first work of the church is to preach the Gospel (Matthew 28:18-20) . The church is also to be involved in exhorting, uplifting and encouraging its members (Ephesians 4:11,12). The third aspect of the work of the church is helping those in need (Galatians 6:10).
     
  • Salvation and entrance into the church of Christ: The church which belongs to Christ is referred to in Ephesians 1:22, 23 as the body of Christ. In Ephesians 4:4 we are told there is only one body, while in Ephesians 5:23 we are told Christ is the Savior of that body. We are told in Galatians 3:27 that baptism places us into Christ.
     
  • In order to be prepared for baptism into the church, one must first hear the word of God (Romans 10:14-17). One must have a faith based upon the Word of God in order to please God (Hebrews 11:6). That faith must be an obedient faith (James 2:26). An obedient faith will cause one to repent of his/her sins (Acts 17:30). One with such a faith will not be ashamed to confess his faith before men (Matthew 10:32, 33; Acts 8:37). Then one with such a faith will be baptized for the remission of his/her sins. (Acts 2:38) Once this has been done, the Lord will add him/her to the church (Acts 2:47).

 


What to expect when you visit


We want  you to  visit the Virginia Church  of Christ, but  we  know that an  unfamiliar place can  be  somewhat  intimidating. So, let us  tell you what you can  expect  when you  honor us  with a  visit.

  • Background:  Our goal is  to  "restore" the  New Testament Church in our time-to determine  from the Bible what the  church (established by  Christ through His  apostles) was  like in the  beginning and  to  be  like that  church (Matthew 16:18).

  • The People: What  kind of  people can you expect to find?  Pretty much the  entire  spectrum, as  in  most  groups.  People of every age and  race may  be  Christians. You will find  people  who make  mistakes. You will also find  people at  different  levels of spiritual maturity who are striving to serve God, their families, and their  fellow man. You will not  find any  perfect   people, but  you will find  forgiven  people.   We  hope you get the  picture--we are a  diverse  group, coming from  different  backgrounds and  at different  stages of  knowledge and  spiritual growth. We are  human  beings striving together  to  love God and  our  fellow man.

The Worship Service

Now  let  us  walk you through a typical worship service.  When you  enter the  auditorium,  feel free to  sit  wherever you like.

  • Singing: In a  rack  in front  of you will be a  songbook  for  your  use.  When the song  leader announces a   number you can turn  to that  song in the book to  find the  words and   music. You can also see the song numbers in order on the song board on the wall at the front of the auditorium.  Since  we are  seeking to worship as the Christ has  taught us  to  do in the New Testament, our   music will be  vocal only.    We think you will find the  singing  meaningful with  everyone being  invited to  participate (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16).

  • Prayer: There  will be  several  prayers during the  service. This is not only a  fulfillment  of a  Biblical command, but a  desire  on the  part of us  humans  to  make  contact  with God.

  • The Lord's Supper: If you  visit  on a  Sunday, the Lord's Supper will be  observed. The Lord  commanded  us   to remember Him every time  we eat the  supper. We  know  from the Bible that the first  century  church observed this  memorial on the  first  day of each week (Acts 20:7). During this  memorial, a plate  containing pieces  of  unleavened bread  will be  passed throughout the congregation.  The  bread  symbolizes the  body  of Jesus.  Next,  cups  containing  grape  juice will be  passed--which symbolizes  His  blood.  (If you choose not to participate, do  not  be  embarrassed. Feel free  to pass the tray  to the  person next to you).

  • Contribution: After the Lord's Supper, we  fulfill another command; "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him".  As  our  guest, you are  not  obligated  to  make a  contribution. However, you may  do so if you  wish (I Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-13).

  • Preaching: After the Lord's Supper there will be a  sermon by  our   minister. He won't  be wearing any  special religious  garments  to  set  him  apart nor  will he  wear any title such as  "Pastor" or "Reverend." The  sermon will last about 30  minutes and  will be  Bible-centered and  very  practical in its  application  to  daily life.

  • Invitation: At the close of the  sermon, the  preacher will extend an  invitation.  This is an  expedient time  to those who are ready   to obey the gospel and become a Christian (see God's plan for becoming a Christian in the upper left margin) or request  prayer. Those who wish to do this can walk to the front of the auditorium during the "song of invitation"(i.e. the song immediately following the sermon). Don't  feel ill-at-ease during the invitation. You will not  be  singled out in any way.

  • What Will Be  Expected of You? Nothing at  all!  You are  welcome to participate, but don't feel that you must. You will be asked  to sign our  visitor's book in the foyer. This  provides  information so the  church can write to thank you for your visit. Supply the  information if you are  comfortable doing  so.

Please come back as often as you can!



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