Questions about our church

Questions about our church...

  1. How long is the service? Our Sunday service meets in a home. We gather for dinner at 5 PM and our service begins around 6 PM. Churches began in Jewish synagogues, but very quickly began meeting in homes.
  2. What about children? We don't have child care, but children are welcome and can learn to sit with adults during Bible study.
  3. What’s the service like? Our service consists of some singing, mostly hymns, yet we are not driven by music, but by the teaching of the Word. We have a time of fellowship, announcements and prayer requests. The pastor will open the Bible and teach.
  4. How large is the church? We are not enamored with size, but want to minister to anyone who comes in the doors. If we are small (which we are), we are as content as if we are large.
  5. Will I be welcome? We try not to complicate church so you will feel welcome. We are not impressed with “excellence” but we do things decently and in order. We think that much of the talk about excellence has just resulted in churches putting on a well-crafted show. We just want to be friends and family–loving each other, growing in the Lord, and serving in our community.
  6. Does the church promote a social gospel? We don’t think we can “advance the Kingdom.” We are not building the Kingdom. We believe the literal Kingdom of God will come when the literal King comes. In the meantime, our job is to be faithful to the message of grace.
  7. Is the church controlling? We don’t have a long list of “do not,” because a grocery list of “thou shalt not” doesn’t lead one to spiritual growth. We just teach the Bible, as written and let it be our only guide for living. We are not legalistic.
  8. Will I be asked to give money? Like any church or organization, we have expenses. We don’t talk about money unless the Biblical passage we are teaching is about money. We have a small basket in the front of the church, and you can put in any amount you desire, whenever you desire.
  9. How do people normally dress? Come as you are.
  10. Do I need to bring a Bible? If you have a Bible, bring one. It's always good to have a Bible of your own you can highlight and mark with notes. We also have Bibles on our welcome table for those who do not have one, to use during the service. Our pastor teaches from the King James Version because of its preciseness and accuracy and its underlying Greek text, but we are not KJV only. Many use the New King James Version of the Bible, some use other English translations.
  11. What about gender issues? We believe God created Man in His own image. Male and Female he created them.
  12. Do you teach Calvinist or Reformed Theology? No. In fact, we reject all forms of it. We are dispensational. To be dispensational means to believe God has related to mankind through the course of human history in unique ways. Each of these unique historical relationships between God and people is called a dispensation. If you believe this Biblical teaching, and you should, you are dispensational. We believe whosoever will may come to believe in Jesus Christ; any man, woman, boy, or girl. We believe only Israel is called by God. All people today have free will to choose to believe.