What to Expect

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We want you to be comfortable when you visit the worship of the Kent County church of Christ. So here is an idea of what you can expect at one of our Sunday morning services. You do not need to know any creeds, when to stand and sit, or repetitious prayers. Come as you are, God will handle the rest! You are our honored guest and we’re happy you’re interested in visiting us. We look forward to meeting new friends and welcoming those who want to know more about having a closer relationship with God our father through His son Jesus Christ.

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Jesus
Matthew 28:16-20

 
God–Centered Worship
The worship of the Churches of Christ is simple because it is based entirely on the worship authorized in the New Testament. We do not try to improve on God’s plan with ideas of men; we strive to engage in all worship and service with decency and order. (1 Corinthians 14.40.) Our worship to God includes the Lord’s Supper, Giving, Singing, A Lesson, and Praying.
Singing
A careful study of the New Testament will reveal that the singing of the early church was not accompanied by any mechanical instrument. Paul, teaching the Church in Ephesus, said the purpose of our songs is to praise God and to teach and admonish one another. (Ephesians 5.19, Colossians 3.16.) The New Testament does not authorize the use of mechanical instruments at worship. Christians are not governed by the Old Testament. (Hebrews 1.1-2.)
Prayer
The only way a Christian could speak with God is through prayers. Christ has said that whatsoever we shall ask should be in His name. (John 16.23.) Also, we are commanded to pray everywhere. (1 Tim. 2.8.) The apostles prayed everywhere and in every situation. (Acts 12.5, 16.25; Romans 8.26; 1 Thessalonians 5.17.) Everyone does not pray his own prayer out loud. We are led in prayer by a brother who speaks his prayer publicly, and the rest of us follow him silently as we pray together.
Communion or Lord’s Supper
This is a memorial celebration that we engage in every Sunday. We follow the model of Christ’s last supper, during which He encouraged His followers to remember His death through the drinking of “the fruit of the vine” and “the breaking of bread.” We remember Christ’s blood as we drink and Christ’s body as we eat. In 1 Corinthians 11:23 we see the only feast Christ instituted to be done in His remembrance. Acts 20.7 teaches that the breaking of bread was done on the first day of the week and no other day. 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 with Christ. (1 Cor. 10.16.)
Giving
God gave to show His love for us (John 3.16), and so we are expected to give to support the Lord’s work. 1 Corinthians 16.2 says it should be done on the first day of the week–the only day the Bible commands. Upon the first day of the week we are to give as we have been prospered and not a certain amount. Visitors and guests need not give, we’re happy to have you! After the communion, we pass out baskets and encourage our members to partner with one another and with God by giving money to enable the church’s work in the world. The work we do focuses on showing Christ to the world and helping those in need in our Rhode Island communities.
Teaching
It is expected of Christians to study the word of God so that he can abide in the teaching of Christ (2 John 9), and also preach the gospel. (1 Timothy 4.16.) The purpose of preaching is to give spiritual instruction, reproof, and/or encouragement. During this part of the service, our pulpit minister will direct us in a study of God’s word. We strive to present lessons that are Bible based, challenging and relevant.
God Fearing People
When you visit the Kent County church of Christ you will meet people of all ages; people with different backgrounds, different skin colors, different educational levels, and just about any other difference you can imagine. What brings us together is a love for and respect for God.
We believe listening to God and obeying Him are the most important things we can do. While we often fail, we are striving to improve everyday to honor and serve Him with all our hearts.
God Enabled Community
We hope you will also notice how connected our members are to one another. The church here is a family. We help one another in tough times and celebrate with one another in good times. We are all willing to make sacrifices for one another because of the sacrifice God made for us.
Bible Focused Study
We would love for you to visit our weekly Bible study periods at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings and at 6:30 pm Wednesday evenings. During these sessions we divide based on age or interests to study the Bible in depth.
Children and Teens
Our children receive a thorough education in what it means to love and serve God. From birth through high school, students are introduced to the personalities, stories, and life lessons contained in their Bibles. The teachers are also full of creativity and love!