Who is the Kenwood church of Christ?
The Kenwood church of Christ is made up of followers of Christ-that is, we are Christians (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Acts 11:26). Jesus Christ is the head of His church (Colossians 1:18) and our Savior. His church was purchased with His blood (Acts 20:28). As a result, we purpose to do things His way, by His authority, as we strive to glorify Him in all that we do or say (Colossians 3:17).
The Lord's church was established in the first century on the Day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. Any church that claims to belong to Jesus Christ should reflect the pattern described in the New Testament. At the Kenwood church of Christ, we simply follow the pattern and use the Bible as our only authority to be pleasing to the almighty God (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3).
What must one do to be saved?
Jesus instructed His disciples to "make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19) and to "preach the gospel to all creation" (Mark 16:15). Therefore, no matter who you are or where you are from-you can be a member of the Lord's church, the one that He shed his precious blood for.
God desires for "all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4). He chose to share this knowledge through the teaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16) which we find in His Word, the Bible. The gospel of Christ is the power of God to save all men from their sins (Romans 1:16).
The New Testament clearly states that one must believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God (John 3:16; 20:30-31). In order to have this belief, one needs to hear the gospel (Romans 10:14-17). After hearing the gospel and believing what it says with "all your hear" (Acts 8:37) one must repent of, or turn away from your sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 17:30-31). One must then, confess with their mouth that Jesus is the Son of God (Romans 10:9-10). Finally, one must be baptized for the forgiveness of sin (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16). When someone follows this pattern and obeys the gospel of Christ, God adds that person to His church (Acts 2:47; 1 Corinthians 12:13).
What is our purpose?
The goal of the Kenwood church of Christ is to preach and teach the gospel message of Jesus Christ to everyone we come in contact with (1 Timothy 2:4). We strive to achieve this goal through gospel preaching in our worship services and teaching in our Bible classes that are offered for all ages. We also support the preaching of the gospel in other places (2 Corinthians 11:8; Philippians 4:15-16).
In keeping with the pattern of the churches in the New Testament, the Kenwood church of Christ meets weekly to encourage one another and to build each other up (Acts 2:42; 9:31; Hebrews 10:24-25).
We have an approved example in the New Testament of the church taking care of the material needs of its members (Acts 2:44-45; 6:1-6). At Kenwood, in keeping with Bible authority, we help those members of the Lord's Body who are in need.
The first-century church that is described in the New Testament worshipped (Acts 2:42). As in everything we do, the Kenwood church of Christ patterns its worship after the New Testament church. Therefore, our services are simple, spiritual in nature, and orderly.
The Lord's Supper
Jesus Christ commands us to partake of the memorial of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine every first day of the week to commemorate His death on the cross for our sins. (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
The New Testament provides a pattern of congregational singing without any use of mechanical instruments of music (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
We are a church that is dedicated to prayer. At each service, we set aside time to approach our Heavenly Father in prayer (Acts 2:42; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
New Testament churches were commanded to give of their means on the first day of the week for the work of the church (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).