What to expect...
You can expect a warm, friendly welcome. Friendliness is a natural response of Christians. We believe that one of the basic foundation principles of Christianity is love and friendship (Mt. 22:36-40). True Christianity recognizes no social, racial, or gender differences (Gal. 3:28). Neither does it permit respect of persons on the basis of poverty or wealth (Jas. 2:1-9). Jesus is our example of friendliness, in that He was compassionate toward all humanity, regardless of their status in life. We believe you will find that same spirit among Christians today. Therefore, when you visit us, you will be considered an honored guest. You will be greeted with kindness and courtesy. Why not give us the opportunity to become your friend (Prov. 18:24)?
You can expect our worship to be reverent and orderly (I Cor. 14:40). The order of our worship is planned. Each item of worship is usually announced and often explained by the men who lead us in our worship. This enables us to know what is going on and helps us to better prepare our minds for worship. Our worship is neither ritualistic nor do we try to produce an artificial emotionalism.
You can expect our worship to be simple. It's simple because it is based entirely on the worship authorized in the New Testament. Jesus taught us that our worship was to be spiritual and according to the truth (Jn. 4:24). Our worship to God includes the Lord's supper, giving, singing, praying and teaching the gospel. We do not try to improve on God's divine plan by adding the innovations of men.
You can expect congregational singing. Singing is a vital part of our worship. All members of our congregation will blend their voices together in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. The purpose of our songs is to praise God and to teach and admonish one another (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). Since the command to sing is specific and addressed to the individual, we do not add a mechanical instrument of music to our worship in song. For the same reason we do not have choirs to sing for us or any type of mood music to entertain us.
You can expect our public prayers to be led by men (2 Tim. 2:8-13). Prayer is a vital source of strength in a Christian's life. We pray often in private and with one another. When we come together in an assembly, prayer is a very important part of our worship. In keeping with an orderly fashion of worship, it is usually announced that we will be led in prayer by a certain brother. Everyone does not pray his own prayer out loud. We are led in prayer and the rest of us follow silently as we pray together. This allows us to worship reverently and orderly. It also avoids noise and confusion.
The Lord's Supper
You can expect us to partake of the Lord's Supper on the first day of every week (Sunday). Jesus instituted this supper as a simple memorial of His death on the cross (Mt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-26). As we partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine, our minds are centered on the events of the cross. In this act we have communion or fellowship with Christ (1 Cor. 10:16). It was the practice of the early church to eat the Lord's supper every first day of the week (Acts 20:7). As the communion is passed to each individual in the assembly, we each examine ourselves so that we may partake of it in a worthy manner (2 Cor. 11:27-29).
You can expect us to give a free-will offering. As the Bible teaches, we give liberally as God has prospered us, on the first day of the week (I Cor. 16:1-2). Liberality in giving is an evidence of our devotion to God (2 Cor. 8:1-8). There are many factors that determine the amount of our offerings, but above all it must be free-will offerings (2 Cor. 9:6-7). We do not expect our visitors to give since giving is a responsibility of the members of the congregation.
You can expect Christ-centered Bible teaching in our classrooms and pulpit. We believe the Bible to be inspired and authoritative (2 Tim. 3:16-17). We believe that if a man speaks it should be from the Word of God (1 Pet. 4:11). The sermons you will hear from our pulpit will include citations from the Bible. Scripture references are given to enable the listeners to check the Bible for themselves to see if we are speaking the truth. We encourage you to check what we say by searching the scriptures (Acts 17:11; Jn. 5:39).
At the close of each sermon you can expect an invitation to become a Christian. The invitation gives you the opportunity to express your faith in Jesus Christ by repenting of your sins, confessing Christ before men and being buried with the Lord in baptism (cf. Jn. 8:24; Lk. 13:3; Mt. 10:32; Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:38; Gal. 3:26-27). We will not embarrass you by approaching you personally. The invitation is followed by a song encouraging obedience. If you choose to obey the Lord, you may come to the front and let your request be known. May we point out that the church does not have to be assembled for one to obey the gospel. We will make arrangements for any believer to be baptized at any hour of the day or night (Acts 16:33).
Why not accept our offer to visit?
Since you now know what to expect, why not visit us? You will be considered an honored guest.
As of July 1, 2015, we are meeting in our new location at 1400 Bean Dr. in Crowley, TX
Our newly renovated building is one block north of the Crowley High School athletic fields.
Meeting Times are:
Sundays 10:30am and 5:00pm
Sunday Morning 9:30am
Wednesday Evening 7:30pm
Ladies Bible Class Tuesday 10:30am
“The churches of Christ greet you” Those are the words of Paul, the Apostle of Jesus Christ, and we of the Crowley South Central Church of Christ echo that same sentiment to you today. But perhaps you’re wondering: Who or what are the churches of Christ? We hope the following will help answer that question.
Before the world ever began, God had a plan for you. That plan is revealed in the Bible and includes his church. The Bible tells us the church is part of the “eternal purpose” of God for every one of us that was made possible through Jesus Christ Ephesians 3:10-11. But there is a great deal of misunderstanding about the importance and identity of that church.
It was Jesus who said to his disciples, “I will build my church” Matthew 16:18. The Lord kept that promise; he built his church and it exists today. The word of God tells us the church is called “the body of Christ” Ephesians 1:22-23 and that there is “one body…one Lord, one faith” Ephesians 4:4-6. There are no denominations in the Bible, yet when we look around today we see so many different churches, different faiths, different teachings. All of these religious contradictions can be confusing.
But if we set aside the denominations, doctrines and traditions of men and simply go back to the Bible, we can belong to the church that Jesus built—the Lord’s church that is a part of God’s eternal plan to redeem us and bring us to heaven through his Son. If we follow the New Testament of Christ and do today what they did then, we can be today what they were then—simply Christians Acts 11:26. Nothing more, nothing less—just Christians. Not members of any denomination, but members of Jesus’ church we read about in the Bible.
We in the churches of Christ are striving to be faithful to the authority of God’s word and abide by the pattern he has given us for his church Acts 2:42; 2 Timothy 1:13. We kindly invite you to join us in going back to the Bible to be Christians only, a part of the Lord’s family, the church which he died to save with his blood Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:23-25. Please let us know if you would like to study the Bible to learn more about the Lord’s church and his plan for our salvation.
No Creed But Christ
No Book But the Bible
Serving Jesus Christ
All are welcome at each and every service. Visitors are considered honored guests. We encourage everyone to follow along and participate in our worship to God, and we invite you to ask any questions you may have.
Previously located at:1516 Business Hwy 1187
What to Expect When You Visit Us
We in churches of Christ take seriously the Lord’s words in John 4:24: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The word of God, and specifically, the New Testament of Jesus Christ Heb. 8:6-13, is our standard of truth for acceptable worship John 17:17. God has not left it up to us to do as whatever we please when we approach him; through the inspired apostles of Christ he has directed the church in the way we are to worship him. Our goal is to do as the early church, which “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” Acts 2:42. This makes our worship distinctive from what most are accustomed to seeing in other churches.
Because we are committed to following the God-given, Apostolic pattern for worship, we praise God in song, “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” Colossians 3:16. Our singing is not accompanied by a piano or band or other forms of instrumental music because we do not find authority for these additions in the New Testament. We learn from God’s word the church is to sing Ephesians 5:19, and we do not add to what God has instructed us to do or go beyond the authority of his word 1 Corinthians 4:6; Revelation 22:18-19. While most visitors find our a cappella singing unusual, they also find the four-part harmonies beautiful and edifying.
We learn from apostolic example and instruction to the early church that God’s people are to observe the Lord’s supper when they meet every first day of the week Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29, and so each Sunday we partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine in remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ. Also, our members give into a collection for the work of God’s kingdom in accordance with the teaching of God’s word 1 Corinthians 16:1-2.
In our worship assembly we also offer prayer to our Heavenly Father in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and listen to the preaching of the life-changing, soul saving gospel of Christ Romans 1:16. Our preaching is Bible-based, for we are to “speak as the oracles of God,” 1 Peter 4:11. We are committed to exalting God by teaching and preaching “the whole counsel of God” Acts 20:27 and citing book, chapter and verse as we exalt God and focus on hearing his will for our lives revealed in the scriptures.
You will also find a warm welcome from friendly folks who want to help you understand God’s will for your life and his plan for your salvation so that you can be sure you are saved by his grace and have the hope of eternal life. We hope you can attend one of our worship assemblies or Bible classes soon. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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Crowley South Central CHURCH of CHRIST
P.O. Box 706
Crowley, Texas 76036