Am I Saved?
- Hear the Word (Rom. 10:17)
- Believe in Jesus (John 8:24)
- Repent of your Sins (Acts 17:30)
- Confess the Name of Christ (Rom. 10:9,10)
- Be Baptized (Acts 22:16)
You can expect a warm, friendly welcome. Friendliness is a natural response of a Christian. We believe that one of the basic foundation principles of Christianity is love and friendship toward our fellowman. (Mat. 22:36-40) True Christianity recognizes no sex, social or racial differences. (Gal. 3:28) Neither does it permit respect of persons on the basis of poverty or wealth. (Jas. 2:1-9) Jesus is our superb example in friendliness, in that he was compassionate toward "all" humanity, regardless of their status in life. We believe you will find that same spirit among Christians today. Therefore, when you visit us, you will be considered an honored guest. Why not give us the opportunity to become your friend? (Prov. 18:24)
You can expect to see and hear a wholesome respect for the all-sufficient inspired Word of God. The Bible is the Sole and Complete Authority in religion today. (II Tim. 3:16-17; I Pet. 4:11; Phil. 3:16) Therefore, you can expect a rejection of all human creeds (Gal. 1:8-9; Rev. 22:18).
You can expect our worship to be simple. It's simple because it is based entirely on the worship authorized in the New Testament. Our worship to God includes partaking of the Lord's supper (Acts 20:7), giving (I Cor. 16:1-2; II Cor. 9:6-7), congregational singing (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16), prayer (I Tim. 2:8-13) and preaching the gospel (II Tim. 4:2; Prov. 30:6).
At the close of each sermon, you can expect an invitation to become a Christian. You will be given an opportunity to express your faith in Jesus Christ (Jn. 8:24) by repenting of your sins (Lk. 13:3), confessing Christ before men (Mt. 10:32), and being buried with the Lord in baptism (Acts 2:38; Gal. 3:26-27). We will not embarrass you by approaching you personally. We will make our appeal to you to become a Christian from the pulpit. Then an invitation song will be sung for your encouragement. If you choose to obey the Lord, you may come to the front and let your choice be known. You should also know that the church does not have to be assembled for you to obey the gospel. You can obey at any hour of the day or night by simply letting your request be known (Acts 16:30-33).
Since you now know much of what to expect when you visit the church of Christ at Cedar Grove, why not accept our special invitation to come and see. We would consider it to be a privilege and an honor to have you as our guest.
We believe that the Scriptures are inspired by God. Every individual can have confidence that the 66 books which compose our Bible are completely inspired by God. The Old Testament Scriptures are inspired by God. Peter teaches that Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Pet. 1:20-21). David said that the spirit of the Lord spoke by him and His word was in his tongue (2 Sam. 23:2). The New Testament Scriptures are likewise inspired by God. Paul said that he and other Bible writers had the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16) and the things that they wrote were the commandments of the Lord (1 Cor. 14:37). The New Testament writers received their revelation from the Lord Jesus Christ. “But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Gal. 1:11-12). To sum it up, “all” scripture is “God breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Being inspired by God, the Bible is a most powerful book (Heb. 4:12). Jesus possessed all authority (Matt. 28:18). He delegated this authority to His apostles (Acts 2:42). They expressed this authority in their writings (1 Cor. 14:37; 2 Pet. 1:3), therefore, the Bible has “all” authority. It is our standard in religion and Christian living (Col. 3:17).
The Bible teaches that man is saved by the Grace of God (Eph. 2:8). His Grace is a free gift. However, this does not mean that man is free from responsibility or requirements. In order for one to accept the Grace of God, one must be obedient, for salvation is offered only to those who are willing to obey (Matt. 7:21-23; Heb. 5:8-9). Obedience demands faith in Christ as the Son of God (Jn. 8:24; Heb. 11:6), repentance of all sins (Lk. 13:3, 4; Acts 17:30-31), confession of one’s faith in Christ (Matt. 10:32-33), and baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). At the point of baptism and not before, an individual is saved. One can not be saved until he takes this final step (Mk. 16:16; 1 Pet. 3:21). In order for one to remain in a saved condition, he/she must live faithfully to the Lord (Rev. 2:10).
We believe in the one church of the New Testament. The Bible teaches that there is only one true New Testament church. Jesus promised to build His church (Matt. 16:18). The Bible teaches that there is only one body (Rom. 12:4-5; I Cor. 12:12; I Cor. 12:20; Eph. 4:4; Col. 3:15). The body is identified as the church (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18). Since the body is the church and there is only one body, the logical explanation is, there is only one church. That church is identified in the scriptures as the Church of Christ (Rom. 16:16).
The church is not a denomination. The word denomination is defined as a religious body with a distinct name and doctrine which separates it from other religious bodies. It does not claim to be the church as a whole but only a part of it or a section of the body of Christ. The word denomination comes from the word “denominator” which means “division.” According to the scriptures, division is a direct violation of God’s Word (Psa. 133:1-3; Jn. 17:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:10). To claim to be a denomination is to claim to be a part of sin. Due to these facts, we maintain that the Lord’s church is not a denomination. It is the true church, the whole body of the saved, the original church revealed in the Bible long before denominations came into existence.
We believe in church autonomy. The Bible teaches that each congregation is to have elders and deacons who work autonomously from other congregations (Acts 14:23; Tit. 1:5; Phil. 1:1). There is no central earthly headquarters which determines what we believe and what we should and should not preach and teach. Christ is the head of the Church and he makes all decisions (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18).
We believe in church cooperation. Though each congregation is strategically located in its own place, we are all spiritually related. In the words of Abraham, “we are brethren.” Church cooperation is crucial to our survival. This principle can be seen throughout the New Testament, but especially in the book of Acts when the church first began (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-37; 2 Cor. 8:1-8). As long as a congregation of God’s people is striving to follow the Lord, free from religious error, we have the responsibility to extend our fellowship to them.
We believe that worship must be based upon New Testament doctrine. It should consist of preaching and teaching God’s Word (Mk. 16;15; Acts 20:7; 2 Tim. 4:2), prayer (Acts 2:42; 12:5), singing (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16), giving (1 Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 9:7), and observance of the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:25; Mat. 26:17, 26-29; Acts 20:7; Exod. 20:8). The singing is to be strictly “acapella” without the accompaniment of mechanical instruments of music (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). This would exclude seeking to imitate mechanical instruments such as humming and would likewise exclude hand clapping during the singing of spiritual songs. Our belief is not based upon tradition, but upon the clear teaching that there is no Bible authority for the use of mechanical instruments in worship. (Col. 3:17) The Lord’s Supper is to be observed upon the first day of each week (Sunday), not quarterly or just at certain times of the year (Acts 20:7). The components of the Lord’s Supper are unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine (non-alcoholic grape juice) (Matt. 26:17, 26-29).
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen tine heart: ...
But the LORD said to Samuel, Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart. Typically speaking, we have a tendency to make judgments of others based on their physical appearance. Here is a challenge for us all today. Let every decision you make concerning your fellow man be based upon the heart of that individual and not on the physical appearance. For in doing so, you will not only being treating people with dignity and respect, but you may also lead an individual to Christ.