• What We Believe

    We are not a denomination.  We have no earthly headquarters and answer to no convention, council, college or regulatory body.…

  • I

    Visiting an unfamiliar congregation can be intimidating. Let’s take away the mystery so you know exactly what to expect.  …

  • About Us

    We teach and adhere to the following principles and items of faith: Repentance and baptism by immersion in water in…

Roman 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope, preserving in tribulation, devoted to prayer.” We as Christians must be faithful in tribulation knowing that God will be with us. We need to continue in our trust in God and keep on obeying the will of God. God will be there for us, to give us the strength to overcome all the adversities that we face without fear. We need to continue in prayer knowing we cannot do it alone, we need God. God does answer our prayers, not only when we think we need them, but every day of our lives.

Romans 12:13 says “contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.” Christians are to help other Christians who are in need. We are family, we need to take care of each other. Also, we need to remember what Paul said in 1 Timothy 5:1-16. Relatives ought to take care of their own and not charge the church. Also in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “If a man does not work do not let him eat.” But we need to remember that there are many cases of genuine need among us and we must take care of these. At the end of verse 12 is says “practicing hospitality,” The idea is that Christians must be active in the pursuit of hospitality. It must be done or given in a cheerful and loving manner.

Verse 14 continues with more applied Christianity. “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Implied in persecution is unjust and malicious maltreatment. It is because one is a Christian, not because he or she has done wrong (1 Peter 3:13-17). When one is persecuted unjustly, there is a temptation to want to get revenge, but this is forbidden for a Christian because he or she is to act right, because of who he or she is, not to react to what people do to him or her. He is to return good for evil, and that implies that he or she will pray for the one who is persecuting him or her. It is not always easy to practice applied Christianity, but that is who we are. We must be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving.

 

 

 

Deacons      The necessity for deacons to help manage all the needs for service in the church; in Acts 6:1-7 this was recognized and men where appointed. The bible explains the importance and the qualifications of men to serve in the church as deacons. Every congregation has its own needs and is to select qualified men with the talents to fill positions of service. It is important that we do not overlook the needs of anyone because we are too overcome with things to be done to best reach all that have need. In (1Timothy 3:8-13) we see the qualifications for deacons and how these men are to be selected. Once the need is recognized and the elders have selected a nominee they will be put before the congregation.      We are blessed with many wonderful deacons doing so much, seen and unseen, that we could not do without them. They have desired the position and fill it well with much effort and service to our Lord. I cannot say enough about these men and their loving wives that support them in all they do. We have so many members that volunteer to help out with so many tasks anytime…

  •   In 1 Kings 18:20ff, Elijah a great man of God goes up to Mount Carmel and sent a message to King Ahab to bring the people and the prophets of Baal up to the mountain. Elijah then proceeded to ask the people why they waffle between worshipping God and Baal. He tells them that they need to choose one or the other. After saying this he sets up a way to show the people…

  •   In our recent gospel meeting with Bill Steward, he made this statement more than once. He would never say no to a work of serving the Lord. He took the can’t out of his vocabulary. As we view our Christian walk here on this earth, how many times have we said I can’t? I am reminded of Jesus’ words when He spoke about the men with ten, five, and one talent. Matthew 25:14-30 The…

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"

Go to top