WHEN YOU VISIT WITH US
Our worship is simple, and based upon the New Testament pattern because we want to be like the first Christians and worship God how He wants. We sing "psalms and hymns and spiritual songs" to God who is the object of our praise, and pray together making requests and expressing thanks (Ephesians 5:19; Philippians 4:6). Teaching and preaching is an important part of our assembly and it is our responsibility to proclaim only the truth as recorded for us in God's word (Colossians 3:17; 1 Timothy 3:15). Every Sunday, we remember the death of Jesus Christ by eating the Lord's Supper (Acts 20:7).
Everyone will be greeted with courtesy and kindness (Acts 10:34 - 35; Gal. 3:28).
A sense of good order will prevail at every service (1 Cor. 14:33, 40). You will see one of the members leading the congregation reverently and quietly in prayer (1 Tim. 2:1 - 5).
The Lord's Supper
If you visit on Sunday, the Lord's day, you will see the congregation partaking of the Lord's supper: eating bread and drinking of the fruit of the vine in memory of the death of Christ (Matt. 26:26 - 29). We do this every Sunday, like Christians in the first century (Acts 20:7).
You will see that a collection is taken only on Sunday and at no other time (1 Cor. 16:1 - 3). This congregation is supported by the free will offerings of its members. We do not ask nonmembers or visitors to financially support our work.
Like the first century Christians we engage in acapella singing of songs, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19). An organ, piano, or other musical instruments are never used. The words of our songs are easy to understand (1 Cor. 14:15) and sung from the heart (Col. 3:16).
The Bible is our only guide. The Bible is the book we study in our classes and refer to in our sermons. You will never be asked to accept what some man says about the Bible; rather, we want you to read the Bible for yourself (Acts 17:11). We want you to meditate and study on the things that you see and hear. You will hear God's plan for your salvation: faith in Christ (Rom. 10:17); repentance (Luke 24:27); confession of faith in Christ (Rom. 10:9 - 10); and baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
We strive to worship and serve God in the same way the early disciples did. Christ is our only creed and the Scriptures our only guide. The Bible is the final authority (Col. 3:17, Matt. 23:9) and we are certain that the Bible can be understood by everyone (1 Peter 2:2).
We are an independent and self-governed group, as God's Word directs. We serve God without belonging to any denomination. If this appeals to you, please contact us, or better still, come and visit.
“To seek and save the lost” Luke 19:10
“The perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” Eph. 4:12
WHO WE ARE
We are Christians. Christians just like those first century disciples of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed" (John 8:31). We seek only to follow the words and instructions of Jesus and the inspired men who wrote the Bible. Doing this means that we are an independent and autonomous church. It means we worship like first century Christians did. It means we believe and practice what the New Testament church believed and practiced. We seek to maintain the unity of the faith as presented by Jesus Christ and the apostles (Ephesians 4:3,13; cf Jude 1:3). The division of the religious world today is vastly different from the unity enjoyed by first century Christians (Acts 4:32). We believe denominationalism and division are not according to the revealed word of God. We are a spiritual family. We share a common relationship to God as "sons and daughters" (2 Corinthians 6:18). Because of this relationship, we sustain a common kinship to one another, and strive diligently to be "kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another" (Romans 12:10).
The church of Christ at Suwanee specializes in being a church, not a recreation center, day-care provider, counseling service, etc. We make no apology for that. Jesus Christ established His church for spiritual purposes. It is a "spiritual house" and each Christian is a "stone" offering "spiritual sacrifices" (worship) to God (1 Peter 2:4-5).
We are not a denomination, nor are we part of any denomination. Therefore, we are undenominational. We are not in any way tied to any inter-congregational or denominational organizations such as the United Church of Christ or the International Church of Christ. We are not Jewish, Catholic, or Protestant. Neither are we Buddhist, Moslems, Infidels, or Cultists.
We are not perfect, nor do we pretend to be. We do strive for perfection (Matthew 5:48; Hebrews 6:1) in the biblical sense of seeking spiritual maturity.
The Bible. We believe the Scriptures (The Bible) to be the inspired word of Jehovah God. The rules or by-laws of any religious Convention, Diocese, Conference or Society do not govern us. We do not submit ourselves to any denominations Manual, Discipline, Catechism, Confession of Faith, or Creed. We accept and submit to the Bible as our sole standard of authority (Colossians 3:17; 1 Peter 4:11). While we do not pretend that we know the answer to every question, we do believe that all things pertaining to life and godliness have been revealed to us in the word of God (2 Peter 1:3). We believe that we must search the scriptures for the answers. We ask everyone to be like the Bereans of Acts 17:11 - to search the scriptures daily to see if what we are teaching is according to the revealed word of God. Because of our unshakable belief that the Bible instructs us to "every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17), we are committed to speaking out upon the moral, ethical, and religious issues of our times.
We appeal to all men to reject the division of modern denominationalism and simply follow the Bible pattern for being Christians. We implore honest truth-seekers to lay aside denominational creeds and beliefs and accept the pure and simple doctrine of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He, Himself is God who came to earth and put on the likeness of man. (Matthew 1:23; Romans 8:3; Philippians 2:7). He is our Savior as He is the one who died for us (Romans 5:8). His blood became the atonement for our sins (Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10). We believe and teach that salvation is a gift of God (Romans 6:23), that man is saved by the grace of God through faith, and that man cannot save himself by works of merit (Ephesians 2:8-9).
This does not mean that we make the mistake of many and appeal to an aberrant gospel (Galatians 1:6) that states that "faith alone" eliminates the requirement of God for us to be obedient to His plan of salvation! Even Jesus was required to "learn obedience" and thus become "the author of eternal salvation to those who obey Him" (Hebrews 5:8-9). The Bible teaches, and thus we obey, follow, and teach the Holy Spirit inspired instructions for receiving the grace of God (salvation): 1. Believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior and only Begotten Son of God (John 3:16; John 8:24); 2. Repentance toward God and for sin (Acts 20:21; Acts 17:30); 3. Confess ones faith in Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9-10); 4. Be immersed (baptized) in water for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16).
After becoming a Christian, we believe that a consecrated, godly, and faithful life identifies us as belonging to the family of God (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Revelation 2:10; 2 Peter 1:10).