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    We teach and adhere to the following principles and items of faith: Repentance and baptism by immersion in water in…

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.

                           This week our nation is celebrating its independence. For 244 years now we have been a free nation. We are blessed in many ways as citizens of the United States of America. Far too often these blessings are taken for granted. When we were attacked on September 11, 2001 a new wave of patriotism was renewed in many of us. In today’s world that patriotism has diminished somewhat.   Patriotism is defined as “love for a country and a willingness to sacrifice for it.” Other words related to the idea of patriotism are loyalty, devotion, self-sacrifice and brotherhood. Because of their love for our country and the people who populate it, men and women are willing to risk their lives to protect and defend our liberties and freedoms.   As Christians we have the privilege of taking the idea of patriotism to an even higher and greater level, to the spiritual level. One of the analogies that the Bible uses to describe the people of God is a kingdom or a nation. In fact, the kingdom was a central image Jesus used to relate his gospel to…

  • I’ve said this before, but I want to repeat it now because of what we have had to endure over the past several weeks and how I have had a lot of time to really reflect on life — its trials and tribulations and its joys. The application in present times seems appropriate. I listen to music frequently; sometimes just for pleasure, but more often, for relaxation, motivation, or inspiration. There are four songs that…

  •   Most, if not all, of us are well aware that Memorial Day is a day set aside annually to remember all of those who are no longer with us. While much of the attention and the “festivities” (parades, etc.) are focused upon those who have sacrificed themselves for our country, the occasion is also a time to remember those who have made an impact on our lives in other ways. It remains to be…

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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