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We are not a denomination.

We have no earthly headquarters and answer to no convention, council, college or regulatory body.  Jesus Christ is our only head (Colossians 1:18).  We have no creed or church manual.  The Bible is our only guide (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).  Individually, we just call ourselves “Christians,” according to the Biblical example in Acts 11:26.  Collectively, we call ourselves the “church of Christ” because that, too, is Biblical terminology (Romans 16:16).  Simply put, we are a congregation of Christians who are endeavoring to do all things according to the pattern of New Testament Christianity (2 Timothy 1:13).

We strive to teach “the whole counsel of God"

(Acts 20:27).  This includes our teaching about salvation.  What a blessing it is to know that Jesus paid the price to save our souls (Hebrews 2:9; Romans 3:24)!  The Bible teaches that salvation is a free gift of God that has been made possible by the death and resurrection of Christ (Romans 4:25; 6:23).  Because salvation is by God’s grace, it is impossible for anyone to earn or merit his own salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).  Indeed, it is “the grace of God that brings salvation” (Titus 2:11).  Yet, as is true with any offer of a gift, the offer must be accepted.  Just because the offer of salvation has been made does not insure that all people will enjoy the gift itself.  As a matter of fact, most people will be tragically lost in eternity because they will have rejected God’s gracious offer (Matthew 7:13-14).

The acceptance of the offer is based on man’s faith.  

When a person trusts in Jesus Christ (John 8:24; 3:16), repents of his past sins (Acts 17:30; Luke 13:3), confesses his faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10) and allows himself to be immersed in water (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16), then, and only then, will the benefits of Christ’s death be applied to his spiritual account.  His faith will have been proven to be alive and well (James 2:14-26).  Any faith that will not obey all of the conditions God has placed upon the reception of the gift of salvation is described in the Bible as “dead” faith (James 2:26), and consequently will not save.

  Sometimes the best way to illustrate a point is through the telling of a life situation that the listeners are able to understand. Jesus demonstrated this teaching method by the use of parables. When we speak of forgiveness of sins, an excellent biblical example is the narrative we call The Prodigal Son. In Luke 15, the Lord relates the case of a father and his two sons. The younger son comes to his father demanding his share of the inheritance. The father grants this son’s wish and the son departs “into a distant country” where he “squandered his estate in loose living.” When his wealth is spent, the son finds himself reduced to one of the most repulsive jobs a Jew could have, feeding pigs. Not only is he tending swine, he is so hungry he contemplates eating with the pigs. Luke 15:17 tells us, “When he came to his senses” he decides to return home, repent of his foolish sinfulness, and beg to be employed as a servant. While he is on the road home, the text relates one of the most heartwarming and encouraging scriptures in the Bible. ”And he (the son) got up and came to…

  •      In the physical world if we neglect to take care of our yards, fill our gas tanks, or take care of our bodies, we will soon reap the negative consequences of such carelessness. These thoughtless acts, while sometimes serious, do not have eternal costs. Spiritual negligence, however, is much more serious and can yield dire everlasting results.    In Matthew 23:23, Jesus warns his listeners of neglecting the commandments. “Woe to you, scribes…

  •     Remember the game from our childhood, Hide-and-Seek?  With sweaty palms and a racing heart, it was a thrill to have “It” walk right by you as you froze and held your breath for fear of being discovered.  Now, the fun of the game is replaced with frustration when I unintentionally “hide” the remote control, my keys, and reading glasses.  These are physical examples of hiding, but what about trying to hide our sins…

Shepherd's Corner

Words of Wisdom to help you through the week.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our Active congregation has something for everyone.

We are so excited to welcome the Threlfall family to Ripon! Matt will become our fulltime minister in January. We had a wonderful potluck lunch and welcome party for the Threlfalls yesterday. We are looking forward to serving the Lord together!

"A Family of God rooted in Christ"

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