A Message from the Members

We welcome you to visit the Southeast Church of Christ!  It is our hope that we can make you feel at home.  Perhaps you may be considering attending our assembly as a guest for the first time.  You may not know what to expect or fear that we may embarrass you in some way.  Let us assure you-our guests are welcomed and respected.
 

What You Can Expect at the Southeast Church of Christ

You can expect plain Gospel preaching with book, chapter and verse references.  Our effort is to preach so that everyone can understand the will of God and not to entice people with excellency of speech (I Corinthians 2:1-4). 

You can expect to see people worshiping God in Spirit and in truth.  God does not want to be worshipped in just any way.  God demands that we worship Him according to His will (John 4:24).  Whether it be singing, praying, giving or remembering our Lord’s death, we must do it according to the pattern set forth by the New Testament (Hebrews 8:5).

You can expect an opportunity to obey the Gospel.  At every service we hold, we extend for Christ, the invitation to obey the Gospel.  Please know that we do not demand anything other than what the Bible demands.  We do not call on people to give a testimony of some religious experience.  We simply give people the opportunity to obey the Gospel by repenting of their sins (Acts 17:30), confessing their belief in Jesus being the Son of God (Acts 8:37), and being baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (Acts 2:38).

Do not expect entertainment.  In most denominational churches, you will find all kinds of entertainment.  You will find plays and programs, games from basketball to bingo…maybe even a movie of some kind.  If you visit a modern church today, don’t be surprised if you find anything from free dinners served in a fellowship hall to aerobics in a church-funded gymnasium found either inside or near the church building.  Be assured, you will not find any of those things at the Southeast Church of Christ.  Why?  Because that is not the work of the church and there is no Bible authority for them.  In Colossians 3:17, Paul said that whatever we do, we must do in the name of the Lord (which means by the Lord’s authority).  Since there is no authorization from Jesus to try to please people by offering entertainment, we refuse to do it.

Do not expect any request for money.  The work that we do at this place is fully funded by the first day of the week offering commanded by God (I Corinthians 16:1-2).  Who is commanded to give?  The saints who make up the local church.  While you will see members of the Southeast Church giving financially to support the work, no visitors are requested to give. You will not in any way be put on the spot to offer.  Your participation in worshiping God and undivided attention to the Word is all we expect.

Do not expect a big musical production with contemporary music.  According to the New Testament, all God wants from us in worship is singing praises to His name.  That is all we do here at the Southeast Church of Christ.  We know that the fad today is to sing contemporary songs that sound like rock songs, only the lyrics are changed to something that has some religious meaning.  However, the Southeast Church of Christ does not do that.  First, there is no Bible authority for musical instruments.  Second, our aim is not to impress people with anything other than the Gospel of Christ.  We do not try to appeal to any specific group.  We do not cater to young people by trying to have the music they like.  Our goal is to appeal to everybody who needs the Gospel with the Gospel alone, for it is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16).

That is what you can expect to find at the Southeast Church of Christ.  Our services are simple and Bible-based.  Our aim is to glorify God, not man, to edify the saints and to win precious souls to Jesus Christ.  After finding the Messiah, Philip told Nathanael, “Come and see” (John 1:46).  This is our invitation to you…”Come and see.”

 

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