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  • It is our purpose to be identified as disciples of Jesus along with the Christians and Disciples of the first century. We believe this to be possible to all who will learn, believe, and be guided by the plain teaching of God’s word. When Jesus declared such to be “the seed of the kingdom” (Luke 8:11), He was emphasizing that the word of God when planted in the hearts of honest people, and obeyed, will produce Christians and Disciples just as it did in the first century - nothing more and nothing less. We teach that one who responds to this gospel message does so in faith, repentance, Spirit. (Matt.28:18-20; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:38

  • It is our sincere desire to be non-denominational. Neither are we inter-denominational. We wear no other name than Christ’s and are known simply as Christians, members of the body of Christ. (Acts 11:26Ephesians 1:22-23). Collectively we refer to ourselves as the church of Christ, and with only scriptural descriptions to identify ourselves as saved souls who belong to Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:23)

  • There is no man, or committee, who legislates for the church. We have no one to answer to except Christ our Lord. He is the head of the church (Colossians 1:18). There is no human head. As was true in the first century, there is no inter-congregational organization. Congregations in different locations, with Christ as Lord, function independently of each other. According to the authority of Christ, when a church matures to the point where two or more men meet the qualifications, elders (shepherds) are appointed to look after all the affairs of the local church. Such men are appointed when they meet all the qualifications given in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. They then have the responsibility to “feed the flock” with spiritual food found in the scriptures, and to be examples for others (1 Peter 5:1-3; Acts 20:28). In churches of Christ, preachers are ministers or evangelists (Ephesians 4:11-16).  They are friendly and caring teachers of the gospel.

  • We strive for unity among all who obediently respond to the commandments given in the New Testament. Such is in harmony with the prayer of Jesus, and the pleadings of the apostles (John 17:20-211 Corinthians 1:10Ephesians 4:1-6). We consider such unity to be possible, or Jesus would not have prayed for it. Since division has always been the result of departure from God’s pattern, we believe division can be healed by a return to the revealed truth of God’s word. 

  • We sing songs of praise to Him. In our assemblies, we encourage congregational singing, each one mutually edifying the others. Though we do not use musical instruments, we make no judgment of those who do. (Colossians 3:16-17; Ephesians 5:19-20)

  • We pray to Him. Each prayer is led by one but involves the entire congregation. Our prayers involve praise and honor to God, thanksgiving to Him for our many blessings, repentance and requests for forgiveness, and petitions to Him for help with trials, illnesses, and other challenges of life. We encourage and uplift each other.

  • We are disciples making disciples, and we enjoy relational and transformational lessons, discussions, and discipleship training that enable us to put the scripture into action today.  Our lessons and sermons are designed to teach God’s word to uplift hearts, comfort minds, and encourage obedience by those who listen so they can share the gospel with others.  

  • We take Communion together to remember the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. We celebrate the Lord’s supper as early Christians did, each Sunday, as this was the day of Christ’s resurrection and in accordance with the example in Acts 20:7.

  • We give as we've been prospered each first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). This is the responsibility of the members, not our guests.

We do our best to devote our lives to Christ each day.

We do not ignore or disrespect visitors or ask you for money. We do not confront or embarrass people. We will not insult your intelligence or waste your time – we recognize that God wrote the Bible for all people, and so all people can understand the Bible. You will not be made to feel out of place in any way. When you join our assembly do not expect entertainment, but only sincere participation in worship, encouragement, and learning. Do not expect to hear representatives of political, social, or cultural groups. Most of us are interested in those things, but not when we assemble to worship God. Our worship is simple and dignified.

6221 Proctor Rd. Sarasota, FL 34241

Office: 941-924-0095

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