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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.

     In the physical world if we neglect to take care of our yards, fill our gas tanks, or take care of our bodies, we will soon reap the negative consequences of such carelessness. These thoughtless acts, while sometimes serious, do not have eternal costs. Spiritual negligence, however, is much more serious and can yield dire everlasting results.    In Matthew 23:23, Jesus warns his listeners of neglecting the commandments. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.” While tithing was required of God’s people in order to be obedient, the things of the heart, justice, mercy, and faithfulness, speak to the character of a person and are here called the “weightier” provisions of the law. In other words, none of God’s laws should be neglected, but especially those that imitate the character of God (justice, mercy, faithfulness).    In Acts 6, we read of the early church neglecting the needs of the Hellenistic widows in the daily distribution of food. When this situation was…

  •     Remember the game from our childhood, Hide-and-Seek?  With sweaty palms and a racing heart, it was a thrill to have “It” walk right by you as you froze and held your breath for fear of being discovered.  Now, the fun of the game is replaced with frustration when I unintentionally “hide” the remote control, my keys, and reading glasses.  These are physical examples of hiding, but what about trying to hide our sins…

  • God is a most magnificent father who has bestowed on us, his children, all that we need to know to be pleasing to Him in this life and live with Him eternally in the life to come.  1 Peter 2:3 tells us, “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him.”  So, how is that knowledge attained?  2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is inspired…

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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