We would like to encourage you to make a careful comparison of this church with the one described in detail in your Bible. We believe that you will find this church is desirous in every way to be the church of the New Testament.
If you are seeking a church home where God and His Word are honored, Greenville Avenue church of Christ is the place. You are very special to us and we are anxious to see you as a part of our fellowship, activities, and serving the Lord Jesus Christ. We at Greenville Avenue church of Christ (GACC) invite you to come grow with us.
The Plan of Salvation
One will hear of a wide variety of avenues for admission to the many denominations and other religious organizations today. Still many others have no plan for admission but admit members on the profession of having complied with God’s expectation of them in some previous organization. It is possible and understandable for those denominations to do what they wish, as they are human organizations. However, in the church that belongs to Christ, it is utterly necessary to follow the Bible as the guide to admission to church membership. The Bible describes admission to church membership as a new birth (John 3:1-21). Since physical birth requires a male and a female to produce a new offspring, so too, does the spiritual birth. “The word of God is the seed of the kingdom” (Luke 8:11) [Male]. The word is planted in the human heart (Luke 8:12) [Female]. When the word is believed, it germinates and conception takes place. Luke 8:11-15 describes the influences that prohibit the word for taking hold in the human heart.
No one can be born again until he or she hears or reads the word of God and obeys it (Acts 15:7). They must believe what they have heard (Romans 10:9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11). The message of the gospel will convict a person of their sins if they believe it. This state of belief causes the believer to repent of their sins. Sins are transgressions of God’s laws (1 John 3:4). All have sinned (Romans 3:23). Repentance is a deliberate change of allegiance from Satan and self to God. Once a person repents in the privacy of his or her heart, he or she must publicly confess faith in Christ (Matthew 10:32, Romans 10:9-10). The confession of faith in Christ leads one to the final step for being born again, baptism (Acts 8:12, 36-39, Mark 16:15-16). Baptism is a burial in water (Romans 6:1-5, Colossians 2:12). The person is brought forth up out of the water, having been buried just as Christ was on that person’s behalf. He or she is baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27) and becomes a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), hence, the new birth! Every person who comes to Christ must take the same route since God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34).
Worship is an integral part of the Christian’s life. It is an opportunity to pay homage to God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, His son. It is an opportunity to be taught of His ways and to fellowship with His saints. Worship nurtures the spirit and facilitates the Christian’s growth in the Lord. Worship must follow the scriptural pattern (Hebrews 8:5).
The worship of the church consists of five basic components: singing (without instrumental accompaniment), prayer, teaching (preaching), giving (collection), and communion (the Lord’s Supper). These acts occur each Lord’s Day (Sunday) which is the first day of the week and none is omitted. It is necessary for the leaders of the church to be diligent in preserving the order of worship without additions and innovations. Such innovations as taking communion on special occasions and days, i.e., Christmas, New Year’s, weddings and funerals are all increasing in popularity. Additionally, instrumental music or simulated rhythmic “mike thumping” and other techniques are beginning to take on the air of entertainment. Gimmicks to raise money for the mission of the church have been around for a long time and will not likely go away. Leaders must be watchful and knowledgeable of these and other tendencies to move away from scriptural worship.
Gaining - “Each member is to be actively involved in seeking to save the lost through daily examples and behavior, extending invitations to others to worship services, conducting Bible classes and correspondence courses, etc., as well as the support of, and participation in other soul winning efforts.”
Attraction of Non-Members (Acts 2:47)
Grounding - “Each member is to be an active participant in a ministry according to their interests and abilities." - Involved in Ministry (Acts 2:44-46; Eph. 2:10; Titus 2:11-14;Gal. 6:10)
Growing - “Each member is to grow in knowledge by continued participation in existing Bible classes and available workshops and seminars, to enhance understanding and skills in the teaching and application of God’s word." - In the knowledge and likeness of Christ (Acts 2:42; Eph. 4:11-16)
Glorifying God - “Each member should see their efforts and lives as a means of giving glory and honor to God. Each individual should present to God their best effort in worship, ministry and life." - In Worship and Life (Rev. 4:11; John 4:24; Rom. 12:1-2; I Cor. 6:19-20; Matt. 5:14-16)