Westside church of Christ
What is the church of Christ?
How We Feel About the Bible
We believe that the bible is the inspired word of God. II Tim. 3:16 "All
scripture is inspired of God." The word "inspired" in the original language
means "God-breathed." Or, as Peter said, "Knowing this first, that no
prophecy of the scripture is of private interpretation. For prophecy came not
in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were
moved by the Holy Spirit (II Pet. 1:20-21)." This is the only way God has
ever let his will be known.
We believe that the bible is the sole source of authority in all things
spiritual. If we add or take away from God's word we sin. (Rev. 22:18, Deut.
4:2; Prov. 30:6). In the religious world men are often adding to God's word.
Some create "new revelations." Others will simply do what the bible has not
authorized because it "sounds good" to them. Not once in the scriptures do
you read the church participating in secular activities, but man added to the
word of God to appease men! Then, sometimes, man subtracts things from
God's book. Some subtract things forbidden by God in order to "fill pews."
Paul wrote, "be not deceived neither fornicators ... nor adulterers, nor
homosexuals, nor sodomites ... will inherit the kingdom of God (I Cor.
6:9-11). Yet men like to remove these words from this passage because it
sounds more appealing. Others will subtract what God has commanded in
order to make people feel comforted in their sin.
We believe that the Christians are to live by Christ's Law. Paul wrote that
the Old Law, the Mosaic Law was abolished in Christ's death (Eph. 2:15).
The Hebrew letter was written to Jewish Christians wishing to live under the
Old Law. The Hebrew letter says this about the Old Law, "In that he says s
'new covenant,' He has made the first obsolete (Heb. 8:13)." Let it be
understood by the reader that the Old Law still serves a purpose and should
be studied. "For whatever things were written before were written for our
learning, that we through patience and comfort of scriptures might have
hope (Rom. 15:4)."
Who We Are
We do not tie ourselves to any name but the name of Christ Jesus. Christ said,
"Upon this rock (that is the fact that he is the Son of God) I will build my church
(Matt. 16:18)." Since the church belongs to him, should it not then bear his
name? Should we as followers of him bear his name also?
The name that the assembly should meet under is a name that is godly. The
following names are mentioned in the bible:
churches of Christ - "The churches of Christ greet you." Rom. 16:16
church of God - "To the church of God in Corinth" II Cor. 1:2
church - "To the church of the Thessalonians" I Thes. 1:1
Paul wrote, "Christ is not divided is he? Paul was not crucified for you was he?
Or, were you baptized in the name of Paul (I Cor. 1:13)?" The obvious answer to
each of these questions is a resounding, NO! Yet, the Corinthians were living as if
that were the case. "For it has been declared unto me concerning you ... that there
are contentions among you. Now I say, that every one of you says, "I am of Paul;
and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ (I Cor. 1:11-12)." He was rebuking
them for creating denominations among themselves!
The following names are the only ones that a follower of Christ can bear:
Christian "And they were first called Christians in Antioch." Acts 11:26
Saint "Salute every saint in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:21
Disciple "The number of disciples was multiplied." Acts 6:1
Brethren "To ... the faithful brethren in Christ Jesus." Col. 1:2
If we bear a name other than these we are showing the same contentious attitude
for which the Corinthians were rebuked. This is why we are to be simply
What to Expect When Visiting With Us
Singing: There are nine passages in the New Testament that depict the manner of
music that is holy and acceptable before our Lord and God. They are as follows:
Matt. 26:30 "After they had sung a hymn, they went out to the mount
Mark 14:26 "After they had sung a hymn, they went out to the mount
Acts 16:25 "And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang
praises unto God."
Rom. 15:9 "I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto
I Cor. 14:15 "I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the
Eph. 5:19 "Speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."
Col. 3:16 "Let the word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to
Heb. 2:12 "I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst
of the church will I sing praise unto thee."
James 5:13 "Is any merry? Let him sing psalms."
Scriptural worship is done with our lips and hearts not with our hands and
Prayer: Paul wrote that we are to "pray without ceasing (I Thes. 5:17)" and "In
everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known
unto God (Phil. 4:6)." Each service we will spend time with the Lord in prayer.
One man leads the prayer while the rest of the congregation lets their minds focus
upon the prayer being offered on their behalf.
The Lord's Supper: Each Lord's Day (that is the first day of the week) we partake
of the Lord's Supper. The Supper consists of two emblems; the bread and the fruit
of the vine. The bread is always to be unleavened (no rising agents). When the
Lord's Supper was first observed with Christ it was during the Passover. During the
Passover week the Israelites were required to remove all leaven from their homes.
Thus, we use unleavened bread. The fruit of the vine is commonly called grape
juice today. In Acts 20:7 we find our authority to partake of the Lord's Supper on
the first day of the week. Paul's participation in this action gives us the authority to
do the same. AS Paul said in I Cor. 11:23-32 we do this in remembrance of Christ
and proclaim his death until He comes.
The Collection: Paul also commanded the saints to lay by in store that which we
have prospered on the first day of the week (I Cor. 16:1-2). This is a
commandment given to the saints. If you are visiting, do not feel obligated to
contribute. The collection is only taken on the first day of the week per 1
Corinthians 16:1-2. If you are visiting during a week day service, there will be no
Preaching/Teaching: You can expect to hear the whole counsel of God taught
each time you are with us. You will not receive lessons on man's opinions. You
will not hear lessons on earthly things. When you worship with us you will hear
lessons on spiritually minded things.
Loving Attitude: A great deal of space on this page has been spent talking about
authority. Making certain that one understands who we are and what it is we do.
However, it is all for naught if we have not love. Christ told his disciples that the
world would know them by one trait. It was not by the sign outside. It was not by
the name they professed. It was by their love one for another (John 13:35). Paul
told the Corinthians "if I have not love I am nothing (I Cor. 13:2)."