South Gate Church of Christ
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
 
South Gate Church of Christ is a congregation of New Testament Christians who are excited about the redemption found only through the blood of Jesus Christ, and we strive to share this teaching from God’s Word with those we encounter.

We want you to visit us at the South Gate Church of Christ and we want you to feel comfortable. We know an unfamiliar place can be intimidating.  Let us tell you what you can expect when you honor us with a visit.

Background

A brief description of our background may help you understand us better.  Our goal is to "restore" the New Testament Church in our time: to determine from the Bible what the church was like in the beginning, and to be like that. We believe this is a worthy and reverent goal. We want to be a Bible centered church. Yet, we know our conclusions aren't flawless, and that our practices are sometimes colored by habit, preference, tradition, or convenience.

Now, let us walk you through a worship service. There may be some variations from this description because every Church of Christ is autonomous.

Setting

Some congregations meet in homes or rented facilities. However, most, for the sake of convenience, have erected a church building. When you first enter our building, you will enter what we refer to as the "auditorium". There are no reserved seats, so feel free to sit anywhere you choose.

Singing

One of the unique things about the South Gate church of Christ -- and something you may find strange in todays culture -- is that the music is "acappella". That is, we sing without the accompaniment of mechanical musical instruments. This is a conviction with us, not just a preference.  We are seeking to worship according to the New Testament pattern. Since the New Testament leaves mechanical instrumental music out (1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18, 19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12) so do we.  We further think you will find the singing very meaningful and everyone is invited to participate as we use our human hearts, the instruments our Heavenly Father gave us to sing praise to Him.

Prayers

There will be several prayers to our Father during the service.

Preaching

You will notice that the preacher doesn't have a title. He will not be referred to as Pastor or Reverend. He will probably be referred to as brother or by his first name. He will not be wearing any ecclesiastical clothing which sets him apart. The reason for this is that we are all equal in the priesthood of believers.

Invitation

At the close of the sermon, the preacher will "extend an invitation". This is simply an expedient time to invite those who are moved to do so to make a commitment or request prayer support. He will encourage those who wish to "respond" to come to the front of the auditorium, while the congregation sings a hymn. Some may respond for baptism, some to confess sins, some to ask for prayer for a specific need. If anyone responds for baptism, you will witness the baptism during this service. The baptism will be by immersion for the remission of sins (Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:38).

The Lord's Supper

If you visit on a Sunday morning, the Lord's Supper will be included in the worship proceedings. Again, the reason for this is our desire to follow New Testament teaching. The first century church celebrated this observance every first day of the week (Acts 20:7).  They did this the first day of every week (1 Corinthians 16 :1,2; 1 Corinthians 11 :17-34).  During this memorial, plates containing unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:23-25). Each participating person breaks off a piece of the bread and eat it. Next, trays filled with small cups will be distributed. The cups will contain grape juice, symbolizing the blood of Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:23-25). Each Christian should partake.

Offering

If you visit on a Sunday morning, trays will be passed to collect the weekly financial offering (1 Corinthians 16:1,2). As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation. Feel perfectly comfortable in just passing the collection plate on down the row.


We were brought together by our recognition that we are sinners in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus. (Mark 2:17; Romans 5:6-9; Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:7) That is the reason we can worship together, stick together, and with God's help, accomplish some things that make a difference. You won't have to look very deep to find our failures, but you will find people who love God and the Bible. We hope you will not find anything in our services that is not sanctioned by the Bible. If you do please let us know as we sincerely strive to be Bible centered Christians.