WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT
Welcome to the Puyallup church of Christ. We are so thankful for your visit to our site. Hopefully, one day you will wish to visit us in person and maybe you have no idea what to expect when you come, but would like to know a little about us. Please know that you would receive a very warm welcome, many smiling faces, and some warm handshakes.
Our Bible classes are offered for all ages two years old and up. Only the Bible and Bible subjects will be taught in our classes.
Our worship services are held in what we refer to as the "auditorium." There are no reserved seats, so please sit anywhere you choose. You may be asked to fill out a visitor's card, so the church can write or call to thank you for your visit with us. Our preacher may also introduce our visitors to the congregation, but you will not be embarrassed in anyway. There will be a hymnbook available for your use. One of the unique attributes about the churches of Christ is that the music is "a cappella" (no musical instrumentation).
Every Sunday mornings, the Lord's Supper is included in our worship service. The churches of Christ observe this memorial every Sunday in our desire to follow the New Testament teachings. "On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread.." Acts 20:7. 1 Corinthians 11:23-24 tells us, "...Jesus, in the night in which he was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is My body which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." The bread represents the body of Jesus. Break off a piece of the bread and eat it. Next, small cups will contain, "fruit of the vine," usually grape juice, symbolizing the blood of Jesus, because 1 Corinthians 11:25 says, "In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." If you choose not to participate, don't be embarrassed. Feel free to just pass the plate or tray to the person next to you.
Every Sunday morning we pass the collection plates for the weekly financial offering. As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation or offering; please feel free to pass this on to the next person near you.
Our preacher is not referred to as a Pastor or Reverend. You will probably hear him referred to as brother or just by his name. Plain Bible teaching is the purpose of each sermon, and you're encouraged to follow in your own Bible as the lesson is presented. The sermon will likely be approximately 20-30 minutes.
At the close of the sermon, the preacher will "extend an invitation." He will encourage those who wish to respond to come to the front of the auditorium. What kind of people can you expect to find? Pretty much the entire spectrum: traditionalists and those who prefer anything new over everything old, legalists and liberals and a lot in between, friendly people and sometimes unfriendly people, loving people and cantankerous people, those who are babes in Christ and those that have been Christians a long time. You may see your next door neighbor here, or a friend from where you work or go to school!
We were not brought together by an illusion of our perfection or righteousness. We were brought together by our recognition that we are sinners in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ.
HEARYou must hear the gospel and then understand and recognize that you are lost without Jesus Christ no matter who you are and no matter what your background is. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Before you can be saved, you must understand that you are lost and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:8) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).
BELIEVEYou must believe and have faith in God because “without faith it is impossible to please Him: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) But neither belief alone nor faith alone is sufficient to save. (James 2:19; James 2:24; Matthew 7:21)
CONFESSYou must, with sincere heart-belief, confess that Jesus is Lord. He is Lord whether you confess it or not, but it is unto your salvation that you must acknowledge His deity and His ownership (Romans 10:9-10). This confession is the external expression of an internal spirit of complete submission to every aspect of His word and will. As with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save (Matthew 7:21).
REPENTYou must repent of your sins. (Acts 3:19) But repentance alone is not enough. The so-called “Sinner’s Prayer” that you hear so much about today from denominational preachers does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Indeed, nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever told to pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” to be saved. By contrast, there are numerous examples showing that prayer alone does not save. Saul, for example, prayed following his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), but Saul was still in his sins when Ananias met him three days later (Acts 22:16). Cornelius prayed to God always, and yet there was something else he needed to do to be saved (Acts 10:2, 6, 33, 48). If prayer alone did not save Saul or Cornelius, it will not save you either. You must obey the gospel. (2 Thess. 1:8)
BE BAPTIZEDHaving believed, repented, and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, you must be baptized for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38) It is at this point (and not before) that your sins are forgiven. (Acts 22:16) It is impossible to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without teaching the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation. (Acts 8:35-36; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21) Anyone who responds to the question in Acts 2:37 with an answer that contradicts Acts 2:38 is NOT proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ!
LIVE FAITHFULLYOnce you are saved, God adds you to his church and writes your name in the Book of Life. (Acts 2:47; Philippians 4:3) To continue in God’s grace, you must continue to serve God faithfully until death. Unless they remain faithful, those who are in God’s grace will fall from grace, and those whose names are in the Book of Life will have their names blotted out of that book. (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Galatians 5:4)