Sunday, October 02, 2022 at 09:30am
Nearly 2000 years ago, the church of Christ was instituted on the first Pentecost following the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 2). We are striving to live by the New Testament, nothing more and nothing less. This we do to the best of our ability.
The mission of the church of Christ as outlined in the New Testament is to seek lost souls. We accomplish this in three ways:
First, the church is to proclaim the gospel of Christ to the world (Mark 16:15). The gospel is the only power to save mankind (Rom. 1:16) and the church is to profess and teach the saving message of the gospel (Matt. 28: 18-20). The apostle Paul made clear concerning those who reject the gospel message, "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake." (II Cor. 4:3-5)
Second, the church practices benevolence unto all who are truly in need, Christian and non-Christian alike (Gal. 6:10). James wrote, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." (James 1:27) Benevolent care for those who are in need is essential if the church is to function as God designed.
Third, the church must edify the brethren. After obeying the gospel, the believer is placed into fellowship with those of like precious faith. Unfortunately, many in the religious world often equate the Bible doctrine of edification with "entertainment". The two are not the same. Edification comes through two means, instruction (Eph. 4:15) and example (Rom. 14:19). Christians should seek to live lives so that the beauty of our risen Saviour can be seen in them.
We ask only that you investigate what you find here with an open Bible to see if it is the Truth. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You have our word that all we seek to do is hold forth "the word of life" (Phil. 2:16).- BCS CONGREGATION