Getting Aquainted With Us

by Gene Taylor

The Centerville Road Church of Christ is a local, independent congregation of God's people, i.e., believers who have been baptized into Christ for the remission of sins, and who are committed to living by faith in Christ. We seek no affiliation with any organization larger than, smaller than, or other than this local congregation. When we have the opportunity to cooperate with other faithful congregations of God's people, these efforts are always done so as to protect the autonomy and independence of all the local congregations involved.

It is our sincere desire to come to a full understanding of the teaching of Christ. While we work together toward this goal, we agree to be tolerant of one another in matters of opinion and to not be contentious about matters on which we differ. Our joint action is based upon those things we all agree the Bible teaches that the local church is authorized to do. This article will explain our current areas of activity.

Evangelism

We actively support the preaching of the gospel in this area and overseas. In recent years we have had fellowship with brethren who preach in Central and South America, Eastern Europe and South Africa.

As an aid to evangelism, we sponsor an inspirational telephone message. Known as "Bible Call," it presents a different message of encouragement, enlightenment and comfort daily.

We do not use entertainment as a means of drawing people to Christ. We believe the drawing power of the gospel is sufficient to properly influence the good and honest heart. We believe the entertainment of young people is a duty of the home, not the church.

Edification

The teaching program has always been a high priority for the brethren who comprise the Centerville Road church. Faithful men and women of this congregation take an active part in this work.

All our Sunday Bible classes are on a curriculum in which the entire Bible is studied in three years. Every class, from the 2 and 3 year old's to the adults, study the same Scripture text each Sunday. A schedule of daily Bible reading is supplied each family so that parents and children can study together during the week in preparation for Sunday classes.

Our Wednesday evening Bible classes for the children, preschool through high school, also have a three year curriculum but different areas are studied in each class in order to consider topics which are of particular importance to each distinct age group.

Though all of this takes a lot of effort and coordination, the Christians of this church believe it is well worth the effort for they realize the souls of our children and the future of this congregation depend upon a well-balanced teaching program.

Special lecture series and "gospel meetings" which allow for intensive study are held at regular intervals throughout the year. A Vacation Bible School is conducted each summer.

Audio cassette tapes are made of every sermon presented and kept in the church's cassette library. A member may borrow them if he wants to study the lesson in greater depth or if he was absent at any service so he may listen to the sermon he missed. Personal copies of any of these lesson tapes are available at no charge to anyone requesting them.

Public Worship

Following the New Testament pattern, we assemble together on the first day of every week to partake of the Lord's Supper and to sing, pray, teach and give of our means. While there is no formal ritual for us to follow, our assemblies are always conducted "decently and in order" (1 Corinthians 14:40).

During these times we are together, any physical or spiritual needs of the members of this congregation are made known so their brothers and sisters in Christ may not only pray for them but also tend to their needs.

Organization

This congregation, in accordance with the teaching of the New Testament, is organized with elders and deacons. Elders have the responsibility to oversee the church making sure it receives proper teaching and that it keeps pure. Elders watch in behalf of the souls of all members of this local church. Deacons serve as special servants and, as determined by the elders, have particular areas of responsibilities in which they function.

Benevolence

This church is willing and able to take care of the needs of its own members and other needy Christians. We are also aware of the responsibility each individual has towards the needs of his own family (1 Timothy 5:8, 16). Individual Christians are always interested in the plight of their fellow man and will continue to care for those outside of Christ who have genuine physical needs.

If You Are Considering Joining Us

If you are a Christian and would like to join the disciples here (Acts 9:26), we ask that you meet and talk with the elders. Once identified as a member here, you will be encouraged to participate in the work of this congregation.

If You Are Not a Christian

We would like to study with you and present the wonderful news about Jesus Christ as it is revealed in the Bible. Home Bible studies can be conducted at your convenience. If you do not have a Bible, we would be more than happy to supply you with one.

Bible Correspondence Course

In order to encourage a greater study of the Bible, we offer a nondenominational Bible correspondence course to all who are interested. This course, based directly on the Bible, is conducted entirely by mail. There is no charge for the course and you will never be asked for a donation. To enroll, just send us your complete mailing address and request the course. Upon completion of the course, we will send you a certificate of completion which is suitable for framing.