Members of the Riverside church of Christ are simply Christians...we are not a denomination or even non-denominational. We're just "Christians". It is our goal to always please God, and we believe that the best way to do this is to follow the pattern established by the first church of Christ in the 1st century, revealed in the New Testament.
You can expect a warm, friendly welcome. Friendliness is a natural response of a Christian. We believe that one of the basic foundation principles of Christianity is love and friendship toward our fellowman Matthew 22:36-40. Neither does it permit respect of persons on the basis of poverty or wealth James 2:1-9. Jesus is our superb example in friendliness, in that he was compassionate toward all humanity, regardless of their status in life. We believe you will find that same spirit among Christians today. Therefore, when you visit us, you will be considered an honored guest. You will be greeted with kindness and courtesy. Why not give us the opportunity to become your friend? Proverbs 18:24.
You can expect our service to be with reverence and order. We strive to engage in all worship and service with decency and order 1 Corinthians 14:40. Each item of worship is usually announced and often briefly explained by the men who lead us in our worship. This enables each of us to know what is going on and helps us to better prepare our minds for worship. We try to avoid all extremism in worship. Neither ritualism nor emotionalism is characteristic of our worship. You can expect our worship to be spiritual, reverent and orderly.
You can expect our worship to be simple. It's simple because it is based on the worship authorized in the New Testament. Jesus taught that our worship was to bespiritual and according to truth John 4:24. Our worship to God includes the Lord's Supper, giving, singing, prayer and teaching the gospel. We do not try to improve on God's divine plan and beauty with pageantry or innovations of men. We believe you will be impressed with the simplicity of our worship.
You can expect congregational singing. Singing is a vital part of our worship. All members of our congregation will blend their voices together in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. The purpose of our songs is to praise God, to teach and admonish one another through our singing Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16. Since the command to sing is specific and addressed to the individual, we do not add a mechanical instrument of music in our worship in songs. Many who have visited us have been highly impressed with the beauty and spirituality involved in congregational singing. Why not come and see for yourself?
You can expect us to give a free-will offering. As the Bible teaches, we give liberally asGod has prospered us, on the first day of the week1 Corinthians 16:1-2. Liberality is an evidence of our devotion to God 2 Corinthians 8:1-8. There are many factors that determine the amount of our offerings, but above all they must be free-will offerings 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. When the offering is taken, it is entirely the choice of our guest whether they will give an offering or not. We will not embarrass you by personally asking for an offering. Neither do we want you to feel embarrassed if you choose not to or cannot afford to give.
You can expect our public prayers to be led by men 1 Timothy 2:8-13. Prayer is a vital source of strength in a Christian's life. We pray often in private and with one another. When we come together in an assembly, prayer is a very important part of our worship. Prayers are offered frequently when we assemble together for worship. In keeping with an orderly fashion of worship, it is usually announced that we will be lead in prayer by a certain brother. Everyone does not pray his own prayer out loud. A brother who speaks his prayer publicly leads us in prayer, and the rest of us follow him silently as we pray together. This allows us to worship reverently and orderly. It also avoids noise and confusion.
You can expect us to partake of the Lord's Supper on the first day of every week [Sunday]. Jesus instituted this supper as a simple memorial of his death on the cross Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. As we partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine, our minds are to be centered on the events of the cross. In this act we have communion or fellowship with Christ 1 Corinthians 10:16. It was the practice of the early church to eat the Lord's Supper every first day of the week Acts 20:7. We do not practice closed communion. As the communion is passed to each individual in the assembly, we each examine ourselves that we may partake of it in a worthy manner 1 Corinthians 11:27-29. We do not examine, encourage or forbid any guest concerning his participation in the Lord's Supper. It is the choice of our guest. However, we would hasten to point out that there can be no communion or fellowship with Christ unless we are faithful children of God 1 John 1:5-7; Galatians 3:26-27.
You can expect Christ-centered, Bible teaching in our classrooms and pulpits. We believe the Bible to be an inspired, authoritative book 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Word of God 1 Peter 4:11. Our Bible class teachers usually teach directly from the Bible. The Bible will support the sermons you will hear from our pulpits. In sermons, scripture references are given to enable the listener to check the Bible for himself to see if we are speaking the truth. We encourage you to check what we say by searching the scriptures Acts 17:11; John 5:39.