“To uphold the sound preaching and teaching of the Gospel of Christ, to expose lost souls to God’s plan of salvation and to assist and encourage individuals to live in full accordance with the will of God while glorifying Him in all aspects of their lives whether at home at work or in the community.” Matthew 28:19-20
We would like to encourage you to make a careful comparison of our church with the one described in your Bible. We believe that you will find this church is striving in every way to be the church of the New Testament.
If you are seeking a church home where God and His Word are honoured, the Bangor church of Christ is the place. You are very special to us and we are anxious to see you as a part of our fellowship, activities, and serving the Lord Jesus Christ. We at the Bangor church of Christ invite you to come grow with us.
God’s Plan of Salvation
We hear of a variety of ways that a person could enter into the many denominations and other religious organizations that exist today. Some religions accept new members based a person’s previous religious affiliations. It is understandable that these denominations can do what they wish, as they are human organizations. However, in the church that belongs to Christ, it is absolutely necessary to follow the Bible as the only guide to obtaining salvation and church membership. The Bible describes admission to church membership as a new birth (John 3:1-21). “The word of God is the seed of the kingdom” (Luke 8:11). The word is planted in the human heart (Luke 8:12). When the word is believed, it germinates and conception takes place. Luke 8:11-15 describes the worldly influences that prohibit the word from taking hold in the human heart.
No one can be born again until he or she hears and reads the word of God and obeys it (Acts 15:7). They must believe what they have heard (Romans 10:9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11). The message of the gospel will convict a person of their sins if they believe it. This state of belief causes the believer to repent of their sins. Sins are transgressions of God’s laws (1 John 3:4). All of us have sinned (Romans 3:23, 6:23). Repentance is a deliberate change of allegiance from Satan and self to God. Once a person repents in the privacy of his or her heart, he or she must publicly confess faith in Christ (Matthew 10:32, Romans 10:9-10). The confession of faith in Christ leads one to the final step for being born again, baptism (Acts 8:12, 36-39, Mark 16:15-16, 1 Peter 3:21). Baptism is a burial in water (Romans 6:1-5, Colossians 2:12). The person is brought forth up out of the water, having been buried just as Christ was on our behalf. He or she is baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27) and becomes a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), hence, the new birth! Every person who comes to Christ must follow this same path since God does not treat people differently (Acts 10:34).
Worship is an integral part of the Christian’s life. It is an opportunity to pay homage to God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, His son. It is an opportunity to be taught of His ways and to fellowship with other Christians. Worship nurtures the spirit and facilitates the Christian’s growth in the Lord. Worship must follow the scriptural pattern (Hebrews 8:5).
The worship of the church consists of five basic components: singing (without instrumental accompaniment), prayer, teaching (preaching), giving (collection), and communion (the Lord’s Supper). These acts occur each Lord’s Day (Sunday) which is the first day of the week and none is omitted. It is necessary for the leaders of the church to be diligent in preserving the nature of worship without additions and innovations. Such innovations as taking communion on special occasions and days, i.e., Christmas, New Year’s, weddings and funerals are all increasing in popularity. Additionally, instrumental music or simulated rhythmic “mike thumping” and other techniques amount to little more than spiritual entertainment. As Christians we must be watchful and aware of all tendencies that move us away from scriptural worship.