The Church Where You Live

Who We Are & How We Operate

It’s Not New – But It Might Seem Different

Christianity

Christianity follows the teachings of Jesus Christ, found in the Bible (“God’s Word”). The Bible calls Jesus “the Word”. The Bible is synonymous with Jesus Christ – God’s revelation to mankind.

A Christian is one who believes that Jesus Christ:

  • Is the anointed of God – the Son of God, and God the Son;
  • Came to earth in human form and lived a sinless life;
  • Was crucified as a once-for-all sacrifice for the sins of mankind;
  • Rose from the dead;
  • Has the power to save eternally all who place their trust in his sacrifice, forsaking any other way.

Authority

In the Old Testament, God spoke through the prophets. In the New Testament times and today, God speaks through his son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Word of God. The Word of God is the Bible.

Christians have free conscience as to which Bible(s) they possess. However, great care must be taken when teaching and preaching, as different Bible versions do not agree on Christianity’s key doctrines. For the sake of soundness, teaching and preaching should only be done from trustworthy texts with no copyright restrictions associated with them.

The Church

Jesus Christ is the church’s head. The church’s body is made up of all Christians, referred to in Scripture as “members of his (Christ’s) body”.

When Christians within the same geographical area congregate together, this constitutes an assembly, or “the local church”.

Church Governance

Bishops, or elders, (commonly called “pastors” today) faithfully teach the Word of God to and pray for the church body. A church has multiple elders, who collaboratively guide the local assembly. Elders are approved by other elders.

Deacons administer the physical needs of the assembly. They are chosen by members and approved by elders.

Approval of elders and deacons is subject to the criteria established in the New Testament.

Church Organization & Finances

The Church is separate and distinct from a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, a legal artificial entity known in law as a “church”. Constitutions of church corporations are legal, not spiritual documents.

The Church is not a storehouse, but a clearinghouse for benevolence. Land, buildings, property and accumulated finances are outside the purview of the Church.

Meeting places for the church may vary. When an assembly becomes too large for available accommodations, the group should divide, provided there is sufficient leadership for each group.

Membership

A person becomes a member of the body of Christ by virtue of trusting Christ as Savior and making a subsequent public profession of such via baptism. A Christian is a member of the Church whether or not they are a member of a non-profit organization.

Church Gatherings

The Church meets on Sunday in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The purpose of meeting is for Biblical instruction, mutual fellowship, encouragement, exhortation and prayer.

Music

Music is personal. Every Christian will not enjoy every song that is played or sung in an assembly. Therefore, much thought and great care must be taken to ensure that music unites by pointing the body to Jesus Christ. The demarcation of music in the church is not between ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary’, but between ‘good’ (God-honoring) music and ‘bad’ (ungodly) music.

Music in the church is not used for ‘worship’, or to stir crowds into a frenzy or altered states of consciousness. Music must not be vainly repetitive or self-serving. Music must complement the events in a church meeting. All music should be performed decently and in order.

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About

Who
I received Jesus Christ as my Savior in 1978. I have taught junior church for just about all age groups, drove a bus route for ten years, taught adult Sunday school, and pastored a start-up church. But this isn’t about me. That’s why my name isn’t here. If you read this site and want to know more, send me a message and I will reach out.

What
This is an attempt to reach the London, PA (Grove City Outlets) area with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What we’re doing is not new – I’m convinced it’s being done elsewhere, and has been for a long, long time. However, it might seem different, as in our quest to follow the Bible, we’re inevitably challenging many long-held beliefs and assumptions.

Why
We want to live the Christian life, which includes spreading the Gospel. And we’re looking for like-minded Christians.

How
We don’t waste time reacting to how things are done by others. We look at what the Bible says – and what it doesn’t say. We may ask hard questions and if necessary, make hard changes.

Where
As of this writing, we have no meetings scheduled. When we do, our target is the London area (by the Grove City outlet mall).

When
Our first service will be 10:30 AM on April 1 (Easter Sunday), 2018. We are meeting at the Holiday Inn Express across from the Grove City Outlets. Please reach out for more information, and keep checking back to this site.

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Contact

This is a contact page with some basic contact information and a contact form.