Sundays 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
If you enter the hall during this meeting, you will see us gathered around a table upon which is a loaf of bread and a container of wine. You will also quickly realize that there is no clergyman, elder, or other person in charge. If you were to ask someone what the program is, the reply would be that there is none.
However, you will also notice that any brother in fellowship with us may call a hymn to be sung by all, give thanks, or have the privilege of blessing the bread and wine. Our God-given knowledge and sound mind are used in Spirit-led prayer and singing in the assembly just as they should be in every aspect of our daily lives. "
If you were to ask if anyone will be preaching, the answer you would hear is that we have not come together to hear a sermon but to praise and worship the Lord Jesus and remember Him in His death. This was His request on the night of His betrayal: "this do in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:14-20; I Corinthians 11:23-29) .
You may also wonder why the bread and wine are not passed to you. This is because the Bible teaches the following:
1. The breaking of the bread is not an isolated act. It involves fellowship with others. In I Corinthians 10:16, we read, "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?" Communion has the thought of fellowship, of sharing together. When you break bread with us, you are not only remembering the Lord with us but you are also expressing fellowship with us in the teaching and position of gathering out to the Lord alone, apart from man-made denominations and gatherings. It would not be right for you to express fellowship with us in the breaking of the bread unless you are convinced that the way we gather and what we teach is according to the Bible and you are willing to walk in that way.
2. Although the breaking of bread is the privilege of every Christian, it is very clear that this privilege can be forfeited by sin in a believer's life or by association with anything contrary to the Word of God. The Christians gathered at Corinth were told to excommunicate a brother who was living in sin (I Corinthians 5:11-13). We are told in I Timothy 5:22 to "Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partakers of other men's sins." The laying on of hands is an expression of fellowship. If we were to accept someone into fellowship with us whom we did not know very well, we could easily associate ourselves with sin ("Know ye not that a little leaven leaventh the whole lump?" I Corinthians 5:6). For fellowship to be genuine, you must be well known by the assembly and vice-versa.
3. In the local assembly, the brothers and sisters are responsible to care for each other (I Corinthians 12:25). If someone is habitually absent from the gathering or falls into sin, the Bible teaches that the assembly is to seek to restore such a one to the Lord (Galatians 6:1, II Corinthians 2:7-8). In order to restore someone to fellowship with the Lord and with the Lord's people, the assembly is to take steps of correction depending on the individuals case (I Thessalonians 5:14, I Corinthians 5:11). It would be impossible to practice this truth of Godly care and discipline if a Christian breaks bread with us one Lord's day and then goes to a denomination or some other group to break bread on another Lord's day then, sometime later, come back to break bread with us.
4. It is the assembly which receives or excommunicates (Matthew 18:15-20). If you feel led by the Word of God to identify yourself with us in the breaking of the bread, then you should express your desire to someone in the assembly. A short time would then be allowed for any in the assembly to visit with you. Providing that there is nothing in your life and association that would prevent you from breaking bread with us, you would gladly be received to break bread with us each Lord's day. Of course, you would also be received to break bread in any of the assemblies associated with us in various places by a letter of commendation (II Corinthians 3:1).
Gospel or Ministry Meeting
Sundays 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Once a month, we have gospel meeting during which one or two brothers preach the good news of God's free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
At other times, it is an "open ministry meeting" where one, two, or three will minister the Word of God that all may learn, be comforted, and grow in the love and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Tuesdays, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Prayer is very important. The Bible teaches that "In everything by prayer and supplications with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God" (Philippians 4:6). On Tuesday evenings, we gather to pray as an assembly, in a position of dependency, to Him who is our all in all.
Bible Study is also very important. The Lord Jesus said, "Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life and they are they which testify of me" (John 5:39). On Tuesday evenings, after spending time in prayer, we look at one book from the Bible and study it chapter by chapter in an open discussion.
Sundays 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Every Sunday morning, there are classes available for children aged 3 and up, including adults. The main purpose of these classes is to present Christ and grow in the Word of God.
Young Peoples and College and Career
Saturdays 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
These two groups meet every other Saturday night from October to June. Young People, those in high-school, and College and Career, those in college or working, meet to study the Word of God and enjoy fellowship with one another.
Ladies' Bible Study
Wednesdays 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
This group meets every other Wednesday morning to pray and study God's Word together and also to have a time of fellowship with one another.
Fridays 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
This group is for boys and girls aged 8-13. The children enjoy times of singing, teaching from the Word of God and a time of activities. The purpose is to present Christ the Savior to young children in the neighborhood and from the inner city.