We are not a denomination.

We have no earthly headquarters and answer to no convention, council, college or regulatory body.  Jesus Christ is our only head (Colossians 1:18).  We have no creed or church manual.  The Bible is our only guide (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).  Individually, we just call ourselves “Christians,” according to the Biblical example in Acts 11:26.  Collectively, we call ourselves the “church of Christ” because that, too, is Biblical terminology (Romans 16:16).  Simply put, we are a congregation of Christians who are endeavoring to do all things according to the pattern of New Testament Christianity (2 Timothy 1:13).

We strive to teach “the whole counsel of God"

(Acts 20:27).  This includes our teaching about salvation.  What a blessing it is to know that Jesus paid the price to save our souls (Hebrews 2:9; Romans 3:24)!  The Bible teaches that salvation is a free gift of God that has been made possible by the death and resurrection of Christ (Romans 4:25; 6:23).  Because salvation is by God’s grace, it is impossible for anyone to earn or merit his own salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).  Indeed, it is “the grace of God that brings salvation” (Titus 2:11).  Yet, as is true with any offer of a gift, the offer must be accepted.  Just because the offer of salvation has been made does not insure that all people will enjoy the gift itself.  As a matter of fact, most people will be tragically lost in eternity because they will have rejected God’s gracious offer (Matthew 7:13-14).

The acceptance of the offer is based on man’s faith.  

When a person trusts in Jesus Christ (John 8:24; 3:16), repents of his past sins (Acts 17:30; Luke 13:3), confesses his faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10) and allows himself to be immersed in water (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16), then, and only then, will the benefits of Christ’s death be applied to his spiritual account.  His faith will have been proven to be alive and well (James 2:14-26).  Any faith that will not obey all of the conditions God has placed upon the reception of the gift of salvation is described in the Bible as “dead” faith (James 2:26), and consequently will not save.

Our Obligation to God   In this life we all have obligations.  We should provide for our family, obey the laws of the land, pay our taxes, love our spouse and children, be good neighbors, and many others.  But what about our obligations to God?  The following verses can give us guidance regarding our responsibilities to our heavenly Father.   We must be grateful to God. Heb 12:28 - Therefore, since we received a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe…” Serve with wholehearted obedience. 1 Sam 15:22 - Samuel said, "Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…” Let our actions demonstrate our faith. Matt 7:21 - "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven…” The only true wealth is found in putting God first in our lives.  Matt 6:24 - "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love…

  •   People ask, “Why should I become a Christian? What’s the advantage of being a Christian instead of a non-Christian?” There are many biblical reasons for our becoming a New Testament Christian, but here are some reasons I can think of. Our Past — The inspired writer Paul tells us in Romans 3:23 “….for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” Since our sins separate us from a holy God (Isaiah 59:1-2),…

  •   What is important to you? What do you really search for in life? People will work for and spend their time looking for what they value most.   Luke 12:34 - "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This is true with physical things and it is also true with spiritual things. We invest in what in what we are interested in. There is no more valuable or important goal…

Shepherd's Corner

Words of Wisdom to help you through the week.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our Active congregation has something for everyone.

We are so excited to welcome the Threlfall family to Ripon! Matt will become our fulltime minister in January. We had a wonderful potluck lunch and welcome party for the Threlfalls yesterday. We are looking forward to serving the Lord together!

"A Family of God rooted in Christ"

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