Church of Christ
What to Expect When You Visit the
Chase Park Church of Christ
We understand that visiting an unfamiliar church can be something which makes a person apprehensive. It is our hope that we can set your mind at ease in this regard. These are a few things that you can expect when you visit the Chase Park Church of Christ.
We strive to be very visitor friendly. Most of our members were visitors at one time. It is our goal to follow the "Golden Rule" of our Lord (Matthew 7:12) by treating others as we would like to be treated. Many of our members will introduce themselves to you and ask if they can assist you. You will never be singled out, made to stand, speak, or do anything that would embarrass you or make you feel uncomfortable.
You will find inside our building several small tables and wall racks which contain free materials for you to take. These are free to everyone. Our materials include tracts, booklets, DVD's and Audio CD's. All the materials are based on teachings from the Bible. We will never solicit money from you or offer to sell you anything. All of the materials provided are paid for by the contributions of our members for the work of God's kingdom.
A Focus on God's Word
We sincerely want to follow the teachings of the Bible in order to please God with our lives. Our sermons and Bible classes will always be based on what is found in God's word. We believe that the Bible contains the words of God to mankind (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We encourage our members and visitors to bring their Bibles and follow along to make certain that what we teach is found in God's word. We strive to do Bible things in Bible ways, and to call Bible things by Bible names. We simply seek to bring honor and glory to God by striving to be just what He has stated He wants us to do and be.
We strive for our worship services to be simple, uplifting, and reverent toward God. Jesus stated that anyone who worships God must do so sincerely, with the right spirit, and according to God's truth (John 4:24). We begin with one of our ministers welcoming everyone to the services. Sometimes he will say a prayer for a very sick member or members who are mourning the loss of their loved ones. He will talk about upcoming events and what will take place during our worship time. After this we will worship God by engaging in the following actions:
Our singing is congregational, and everyone is invited to participate. You can sing along with us or you can simply listen. The first thing you may notice is that we do not use mechanical instruments during our worship to God. This is done because the church in the New Testament did not use mechanical instruments during their worship. We seek to follow the Biblical example of this and the command to sing with our hearts to God (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:15). After hearing this kind of singing for the first time during a worship service, many comment about how beautiful the singing is and how it is easier to concentrate on the meanings of the various songs we sing.
There is no set posture required for prayer. Many people will close their eyes in order to better concentrate on the prayer, but this is not required. In our prayers we acknowledge God's power and holiness. We thank Him for the multitude of blessings that He has brought to our lives. Prayer is also a time in which we bring our burdens and needs to God because we trust Him to help us.
Lord's Supper Memorial
Every Sunday morning we remember the death of Jesus Christ on the cross through the observance of the Lord's Supper memorial. While this memorial is specifically for members of the church, it is open to all in attendance. This memorial was established by Jesus Christ Himself on the night before He died on the cross (Matthew 26:26-29). The bread in this memorial is unleavened and is a memorial of the body of Jesus Christ. The grape juice, or "fruit of the vine", is a memorial of His blood that He shed so that we can be forgiven of our sins. Everything we are as Christians is because of our Lord's death upon that cross. We want to always remember His great sacrifice.
Our pulpit minister will normally present a lesson from God's word. The lesson is intended to be encouraging and loving. The sermon will never be designed to hurt or tear people down. Instead, it will always be presented in an effort to strengthen people spiritually and bring them closer to God.
Each Sunday our members cheerfully give back to God a portion of what He has blessed them with materially (2 Corinthians 9:7). Visitors are not expected to participate in this contribution, and no pressure will be placed on you to do so.
We place a great emphasis on Bible study. All that we are to be and do as children of God is learned from God's word (2 Peter 1:3). There will be several adult classes, and you may choose any one you are interested in, or feel would best meet your spiritual needs. We also provide quality Bible classes for children of all ages from cradle roll to teenagers.
To see a list of our Current Bible Classes, use the "Finding My Faith" menu item above.
If you still have reservations, we invite you to either watch one of our services live online, or watch one of our archived services, in the "Live Streaming Recorded Video" links below. We hope you will see that there is nothing to fear. We would love to meet you and be encouraged by your visit with us.