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HEATH CHURCH OF CHRIST

The church of Christ in Heath, Kentucky conducted its first worship service in the early 1950's. Since then, and within its sixty-three years of existence, the Heath church of Christ has tried to maintain excellence in sound doctrinal practices and strong scriptural teaching, and continues to do its part in the spreading of the gospel in the community of Heath and its surrounding area. When you come to visit, we want you to know that you are our honored guest and we hope to be an encouragement to you as you are to us.

Within these next points we are going to be outlining for you our worship practices and why we believe they should be done the way they have been commanded for us to do.

WE BELIEVE IN THE INERRANCY OF SCRIPTURE

In 2nd Timothy 3:16-17 the inspired Paul wrote, "All scripture is God breathed and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, for correction, for instruction, and training in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."

  • We believe that the Bible gives us everything we need to be complete in the Lord Jesus Christ and to be an heir in His divine kingdom.
  • We believe that everything was put in the Bible for a reason and is especially important for our learning.
  • We believe that the Bible was given by Almighty God through the inspiring of His servants 2nd Peter 1:19-21. The Bible is life and the giver of it to all whom come to accept and obey its teaching correctly.
  • We believe that the Bible are the words of Christ and God's communication with His people during this New Testament age.

WE BELIEVE IN BAPTISM FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS

  • We believe that baptism is a response of those who are obedient in their faith Mark 16:16.

The inspired Peter in Acts 2:38 gave the first gospel invitation to those who wanted to know how to be saved when he said, "Repent and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

We know that the gospel call is still in effect today because of what we read in verse 39, “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off as many as the Lord our God will call.” The only way to be added into Christ’s church is to become like Christ in death as well as resurrection (Romans 6:1-11).

The way that the Father allows us to come into contact with the blood of the Lamb is water. The baptismal waters symbolize the blood of Christ that washes our sins away. That is why Jesus tells Nicodemus in John 3:5, “For whosoever is born of water and spirit will enter the kingdom of God. The only way to be added into the Lord’s church is to be baptized (Acts 2:41).

WE BELIEVE IN NEW TESTAMENT WORSHIP

  • We believe that baptism is a response of those who are obedient in their faith Mark 16:16.

The inspired Paul tells Timothy in 2nd Timothy 1:13, "Hold fast to the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus." Paul makes it very plain that the pattern of sound words is what we learn in the New Testament. It is important to understand that the New Testament is our pattern of what we should follow in worship of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In Ephesians 4:4-6 the inspired Paul teaches the Christians at Ephesus that there is unity in Christianity, but he also emphasizes that to have unity in spirit there must be a unity in belief which in turn brings peace to the church itself.

THE UNITY IN FAITHFUL BELIEF IS VERY PLAIN

  1. One body = one church
  2. One Spirit = Christians which are made up of those who have received the Holy Spirit at baptism (Acts 2:38)
  3. One Lord = Jesus Christ
  4. One Faith = learned only through the Bible
  5. One Baptism = only means of salvation (Mark 16:16)
  6. One God = Our heavenly Father in heaven

Faithful belief is only obtained through a worship service that testifies these foundations in word as well as deed. Anything in the church that is imposed by man that goes against this framework that we see in Scripture cannot be classified as part of the one body of Christ. At the Heath Church of Christ, we take this very seriously and do our best to adhere to the confines of worship as taught in the scriptures.

SCRIPTURAL WORSHIP SERVICES

  1. Singing acapella – Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
  2. Prayer – Acts 2:42; Colossians 3:17
  3. Lord's supper every week – 1st Corinthians 11:23-26; Acts 20:7
  4. Giving every week – Acts 2:42-45; 1st Corinthians 16:2
  5. Preaching - 1st Corinthians 15:1; 2nd Timothy 4:2
  • SINGING ACAPELLA In Ephesians 5:19 the inspired Paul says that singing is its own language that we share with one another. This means together we are using this harmonious language to bring glory and honor to the Lord. In Colossians 3:16 we learn again through the inspired Paul that within this means of worship we teach each other and by everyone singing this shows unity. Acapella is how we sing because not everyone can play an instrument and even if it is accompanying the singing, it is still making itself exclusive from the rest of the group. In acapella singing everyone gets to participate. The reason why is because the Lord has given us a natural instrument, not made with human hands called the voice. Most importantly, the main reason why instruments are not used in New Testament worship is because God does not give us the authority to use them. It is for this reason that the Heath church of Christ does not use musical instruments in worship.
  • PRAYER Prayer is an essential part of the Christian life (Colossians 3:17), but it is essential to the worship service because it allows us to connect with the Father in a very personal way. When we pray together as a church this shows unity in the belief and convictions that we have and the worship that we are bringing before our Father in heaven. It is for this reason the early Christians prayed together in Acts 2:42.
  • LORD'S SUPPER Jesus Christ asks of us today just like He asked of the apostles to take of the bread and fruit of the vine in remembrance of Him. The inspired Paul teaches in 1st Corinthians 11:29, "for as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." Why do we come to worship? It is for the reason that the inspired Paul says is the reason we partake of the Lord’s supper, so we can proclaim our conviction that Jesus came. He lived as a man, He died for the forgiveness of sins, He was resurrected on the third day, and He is now living and will come again. When we partake of the Lord’s supper weekly we are reminding each other of this fact that reinforces our faith in Him.
  • GIVING 1st Corinthians 16:1-2 teaches all Christians that every week we need to give back a portion of the things that we have received. The size of our portion is taught in 2nd Corinthians 9:6-9. It needs to be planned and most importantly done in a cheerful manner. We do not believe in tithing because it very clearly teaches in 1st Corinthians 16:2, "storing up as he may prosper, and in 2nd Corinthians 9:7, "so let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or out of compulsion." God leaves the amount up to us. We must choose first how much we are going to give and most importantly, we must do so with a cheerful and willing heart.
  • PREACHING Paul's admonition to Timothy in 2nd Timothy 2:4 was to "preach the word." The word of course being the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The entire Bible encompasses the Gospel message and the sermon is a time where a man who has been chosen by the congregation to preach will get up and lead the congregation in a period of scriptural thought and exhortation. Any preaching must be done for the encouraging, challenging, and edification of the Christians and also to help bring the lost to Jesus.