Niagara Falls Church of Christ

2011 Tennessee Ave.,  Niagara Falls, NY  14305

(716)285-6534 (716)285-6534 (for phone and fax)

James Lawrence, Herschel Walker - Elders

Eddie J. Cornelius, Minister Emeritus

Purpose

What is the church of Christ?

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Since our "name" is so non-specific, that is a good question to ask. First of all, we do not consider ourselves to be part of any denomination. We are simply Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We have laid aside all denominational creeds and doctrines and we are guided only by the Bible in all matters of faith. We have done this, not because we want to condemn others who are seeking God, but because we earnestly desire to pattern ourselves after the body of believers Jesus established in the first century.

In the Bible, God did not "name" this body of believers. There was only one body, so names were unnecessary. Individually, they were referred to as "Disciples" or "Christians" (Acts 11:26). As a group meeting together in different locations, they were referred to by many descriptive phrases such as; "the flock" (Acts 20:28), "the temple of God" (1 Corinthians 3:16), "the body of Christ" (Colossians 1:24) or simply "the church" (Ephesians 5:25).

Collectively, the Apostle Paul referred to them as "the churches of Christ" in Romans 16:16, indicating what he had always taught, and that is, the "church" belongs to Christ (Colossians 1:18,24). Most often, this body of believers were simply referred to as the "church in (whatever location)" (1 Thessalonians 1:1, Colossians 4:16 etc..). Our "name simply reflects this Biblical description and our desire to be the church of Christ.

We firmly believe that God wants all believers to be united, however, this unity must be based upon His terms written down in the Word of God and not upon the dividing doctrines and teachings of men. We do not consider ourselves as "perfect," nor do we believe that we have attained all that God wants us to be. We simply follow Him, and trust His Word to lead us.

What To Expect

During

Your Visit With Us

First of all, we want you to relax and be comfortable. You are in the midst of a caring family, and we want you to feel welcome. If this is your first visit, you might be nervous, however, we will do our best not to embarrass you or make you feel uncomfortable. While we want you to worship with us, you have absolutely no obligation to participate in any part of the service that you do not want to. There will be a leader for each part of the service. We do not encourage individual "spontaneous testimony" during the service as this tends to disturb the atmosphere we feel simple group worship deserves (1 Corinthians 15:40).

We sing acappella, that is, without accompaniment. We do this, not because we can't afford an organ or piano, but because we believe they distract from the pure sacrifice of praise from our lips offered to God by the voices which He created (Hebrews 13:15). This is what we believe the Bible teaches (Ephesians 5:19). We will be lead in prayer by one of the men of the congregation. We will also have the opportunity to participate in the Lord's Supper. We do this every Sunday, just as the early Christians did. We use fruit of the vine and unleavened bread, each representing a part of Christ's sacrifice for us. Please feel free in refraining from partaking of this memorial if you wish. Also, each Sunday, the church family has an opportunity to share in the physical aspects of our work through the collection or offering. This is also in keeping with the pattern of the first century church. We do not expect you to contribute, if you chose to, thank you.

Each Sunday, we are privileged to hear a message from the scriptures and this message will include some form of exhortation or encouragement for us to make use of God's Word in our daily life. Again, there will be no pressure for you to respond in any way that would embarrass you. All listeners will be encouraged to consider the things that are taught and to contact the speaker or other leaders of the assembly concerning further study or assistance.

Do You Have Any Questions?

We hope you do. We welcome any opportunity to talk with you about being just a Christian. Again, we promise that your questions will not place you under pressure to do something that you do not understand or want to do. We don't like to be treated that way either! At the rear of the auditorium in the rack, there may be a number of booklets and tracts. that cover a variety of subjects and may answer some of your questions. They are free, so help yourself. If we can be of any assistance to you please do not hesitate to ask.