What’s the Purpose of this Church

When I have opportunity to talk to people about what I do for a living, or when people find out that I am a pastor of a church, one of the first questions that I get asked is “What kind of Church is it?” Now most of us know what they are looking for is, what denomination is your church.

Church should not be defined in relation to denominational distinction, nor should it be identified with any one person or group of people! When we allow ourselves to align our definition of our church to a denominational moniker or association of believers, we are no better than those in the early church that Paul talked about in his First Letter to the Church in Corinth when the believers were putting on the label of the person that led them to Christ!

The purpose of Church is to connect individuals to Christ! It is the job of the church to show people that Christ did not come to condemn them. (John 3:17) That whatever life they lead, regardless of how they got there, is worth saving and God sent his son.

The purpose of the Church is to be seen as an extension of Christ into the local community. Too many times we allow our labels to define what our interaction in the community will be, we allow our labels to define what other churches we will partner with, or what other organizations we will support. The early church “gave to each as they had need”

The purpose of the Church is to raise up the next generation to be Christ followers! Not to teach our children how to better separate ourselves from the world but how through one man (Adam) sin came into the World, but by one man, who was completely human, yet also completely God, salvation is available!

Restoration Christian Church is a non-denominational Independent Christian Church that seeks to be as close to what the early church was in the book of Acts. We follow no other creed but Christ, in matters of Doctrine we seek unity, in matters of Opinion we offer liberty and in everything that we do, we do it with Love!

We hope that you will find our church to be a place that you can call home!

Why Another Church in Rogersville?

Probably the most thought, if not the most asked question, by just about everyone is…

“Why Another Church in Rogersville?”

That’s a great question, so let’s take a quick look at why!.

Webster County is by current information 63% un-churched, people who don’t claim to go to go to church anywhere! That’s a huge number, how that breaks down to us is, if we were to take all the un-churched people in Webster County, it would take approximately 98 new services (either existing churches adding a second or third service or new churches starting,) with an average attendance of 200 people, to church all those in Webster County that don’t go to church anywhere! Those same numbers go for Greene County as well! So while Rogersville is only one portion of Webster County, we also include people from Greene County and even Christian County! Take all those folks who are not going to church anywhere, and we have a huge task before us still!

Why the Restoration Movement

PLEA: Accept Christ as authority in all things — Matthew 28:18

PLAN: of Salvation:

  • Hearing—Romans 10:17; Ephesians 4:21
  • Faith—John 3:16; March 16:16
  • Repentance—Luke 12:3,5; Acts 2:38, 3:19, 17:30, 26:20
  • Confession—Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:10; 1 Tim 6:13
  • Baptism (Immersion) – Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-6; Galatians 3:27
  • Christian Living—Acts 2:42; Romans 12; 2 Peter 1; Matthew 10:22; Revelation 2:10

PURPOSE: Unity of baptized believers—John 17. World Evangelism—Matthew 28:19

CREED: No creed but Christ—Matthew 16:16, 28:18

RULE OF FAITH AND PRACTICE: The Bible—John 20:31; 2 Timothy 3:16

NAME: (for the church) Church of Christ (Christian) – Matthew 16:18 (for individuals) Christian—Acts 4:12; 11:26, 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16

SLOGANS: “Where the Bible speaks, we speak; Where the Bible is silent, we are silent”, “In faith, unity; in opinions, liberty; in all things, love”

LORD’S SUPPER:

  • A gift from Christ — Matt 26:26-28
  • A reminder to the Christian of the remission of this sins — Matt 26:28
  • A source of spiritual strength — John 6:48-58
  • A means to Christian unity — Acts 2:42, 20:7, 1 Cor 10:16,17

CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP: Christianity in action—Matt. 5:16; Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 15:58. 100% responsibility of Time, Talents and Treasure—Matt 25:14-30. Not less than 10% (a tithe) of our income to the church—Matt 23:23. The Lord’s method is best—1 Cor. 16:2; Matt 6:21

DENOMINATIONS: We are not a denomination. A denomination is a religious organization with its own set of theological principles—Matt 15:9; 2 Cor 11:1-15; Gal 1:6; Col 2:20-23; 2 Peter 2

GOVERNMENT: Democratic rule in each congregation only—1 Tim 3; Titus 1.

We are free in Christ !