What We Believe
And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." Mark 16:15-16
As the church of Christ in Lafayette, GA, we strive to meet both the spiritual and physical needs of our neighbors. 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 (James 2:1-9). Jesus is our 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 the Christians here at the LaFayette church of Christ. You will be considered an honored guest when you visit with us.
You can expect to see and hear a deep respect for the all-sufficient inspired Word of God. The Bible is the sole and complete authority in religion today (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Peter 4:11; Philippians 3:16).
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 (Matthew 16:18). The Bible teaches that there is only one body (Romans 12:4-5; I Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 12:20; Ephesians 4:4; Colossians 3:15). The body is identified as the church (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 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 (Romans 16:16).
Each member of the LaFayette church of Christ has their own unique gift that they can use in service to God: in attendance, service, giving, singing, and teaching. By working together, the body of Christ in LaFayette will accomplish great things this year.
We believe that worship must be based upon New Testament doctrine. It should consist of preaching and teaching God's Word (Mark 16;15; Acts 20:7; 2 Timothy 4:2), prayer (Acts 2:42; 12:5), singing (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16), giving (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:7), and observance of the Lord's Supper upon the first day of every week (1 Corinthians 11:25; Matthew 26:17, 26-29; Acts 20:7; Exodus 20:8). The singing is to be strictly a capella without the accompaniment of mechanical instruments of music (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
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 (John 8:24) by repenting of your sins (Luke 13:3), confessing Christ before men (Matthew 10:32), and being buried with the Lord in baptism (Acts 2:38; Galations 3:26-27). We also want you to know that the church does not have to be assembled for you to obey the gospel. You may obey at any hour of the day or night by simply letting your request be known (Acts 16:30-33).
We would love for you to visit with us at the LaFayette church of Christ!