"You shine as lights in the world, holding forth the word of life..." - Philippians 2:15-16
What is a local church supposed to be? A local church is a group of faithful Christians, penitent believers who have been baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of sins. This makes them members of the one body, or church, of Christ (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:38,47; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 1:13,18).
To do God's work in God's way, He wants His people to work and worship together as a spiritual team (Acts 2:42-47). In New Testament times, multitudes of local churches of Christ were planted by the gospel all over the world (Romans 16:16). There were no denominations; there was no man-made hierarchy of leadership over cities and regions and countries. The guiding ideal of our local church is that we conduct ourselves "in a manner worthy of the gospel . . . standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel" (Philippians 1:27). In a dark and dying world, this joint effort centers on "holding forth the word of life" (Philippians 2:16).
So, a local church uses the New Testament, our perfect guide from the Holy Spirit, as the ideal rule of faith and practice for teaching, worship, and work (Colossians 3:17). The church relationship has been organized by God to equip its members to grow in the wisdom of God's Word toward the fulfillment of our souls' salvation (Ephesians 4:11-16). In our worship assemblies, it is each Christian’s aim to honor God in singing, prayer, partaking the Lord's Supper every Sunday, making financial offerings, and listening to God's Word preached (Acts 2:42,47; 20:7-11). This is just like the original churches we read about in the New Testament. We want our worship to God to be grounded in truth (John 4:24). Such draws us to the center of the universe before the throne of God and revitalizes us (Revelation 4:1-11). We trust that the Holy Spirit, through the inspiration of the Bible, shows us the right way to salvation and explains how the Lord wants to be worshiped (cf. 2 Tim. 3:15-17). The writer of Hebrews says, "So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God." (Heb. 12:28).
We find that the short-cut to getting God and his word in our hearts is what God says to Timothy: “Do your best/Be diligent/Study/Make every effort to present yourself to God, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15).
The family at Rocky Point does this in a couple of ways: we study on our own and we study with others.
- On our Own: Investing ourselves into reading and studying God’s word should be enjoyable. Though at times the scriptures may be difficult to understand we want to come to enjoy God’s word as much as David did: More desirable than gold and sweeter than honey (Ps. 19:7-10). For your enjoyment in studying today, try the Enjoy Your Bible! audio and lessons for free.
- With Others: Currently there are four studies
- Sundays @ 9 a.m. at the building: Seeing the Gospels as they Work Together
- Thursdays Ladies Neighborhood Bible study: @ 10:30 a.m. using Cassandra Martin’s workbook God Pass By Me.
- Wednesdays: Equippers for the Work: A Study of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers (Eph. 4:11-16
- Thursdays @ 7 p.m. Neighborhood Bible study: Letters from Home: An Investigation of the NT letters and their authors.
This church is a spiritual family. Members of this local church are here to help each other through life's toughest challenges and serve God all the more through the blessings of life's successes. We strive to have and show genuine love and involvement in each other's lives. By working and worshiping together we help each other become the very best tools that the Lord reaches for to use in his kingdom (cf. Eph. 2:10; 2 Tim. 2:21). We are a people fitted for God’s hand to use for his purposes awaiting the day when he carries us home. There is no limit to the spiritual good that can be done in a local church of Christ by doing the Lord's work in the Lord's way. Where would we be without the Lord and his family?