We are a group of Christians that live in Spokane and its surrounding communities. Our group is diverse with regard to professional occupations, incomes, and education. We are unified by our common identity as Christians, since we share a common fellowship with Jesus Christ. For this reason, we work together to preach His gospel, serve His people, and support His work through personal, spiritual, and financial contributions. Each of our members is dedicated to this particular congregation, even though we are supportive of Christians everywhere.
Our congregation's objective is to promote discipleship in a manner that is both biblical and practical. A "disciple" is defined as a student of a master teacher. In our case, our Master is Christ, and we are His students and servants (John 13:13). We strive to follow His Word (the gospel of Christ) in order to more closely identify with Him (Matthew 10:24). We believe Christ's Word to be the only authority for what we do in His name; we appeal to no other authority. Therefore, we use this authority to determine how a person becomes a Christian, the life he (or she) is to lead thereafter, and all other matters concerning one's service to Christ.
Our congregation is merely a small group of believers. In contrast, Christ's church is greater in scope than any of us can know. The New Testament defines this universal body of Christ as a spiritual organization with Christ at its head (Ephesians 1:22-23). This means there is only one body of believers which God recognizes (Ephesians 4:4-6). This body (or church) is comprised of individuals, not congregations (1 Corinthians 12:12-14). It includes those who are living on earth as well as those who have already died in Christ. For more specific information on this, please click on the WHAT WE BELIEVE tab and scroll to "The Church of Christ."
We assemble every Sunday for Bible study and collective worship service. Our times are as follows:
- Sunday morning Bible study (for all ages): 9:30 a.m.
- Sunday morning assembly: 10:30 a.m.
What to Expect When You Visit Us
Our Worship to God: We meet collectively on the first day of the week (Sunday) to worship God, partake of communion, sing songs to praise God and encourage one another, give a monetary offering, hear lessons from God's Word, and "stimulate one another to love and good deeds" (Hebrews 10:24). Throughout this time of assembly, we pray to God for spiritual direction, for His forgiveness, and that He would receive our worship.
Since God is holy and all-powerful, He is deserving of our utmost reverence. Therefore we strive to maintain decency and orderliness in our assemblies (1 Corinthians 14:40) while avoiding formalism or legalism. Collective worship is patterned after what is instructed in the New Testament. Individual worship encompasses our entire lives, but continues to follow that same pattern. Our earnest desire is to "worship God in spirit and truth" (John 4:24).
Biblical Teaching: The purpose of our sermons and classes is to teach God's word, the Bible (2 Timothy 2:2). We believe that these Scriptures are sufficient for all that is required for life with God and a righteous conduct with one another (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:3). We do not appeal to any human creeds or human authorities, but to Christ alone. You will be able to sit quietly and follow along in your own Bible as the lesson is presented. Our lessons are sometimes accompanied by PowerPoint presentations to facilitate the learning experience. Our teaching is open to questioning and scrutiny, provided the Bible is the absolute authority for all matters pertaining to doctrine and salvation. We are not interested in popularity, pluralism, supporting non-biblical faiths, or the advancement of personal opinions. However, we strive to offer a reasonable and ready defense of all that we do and say to those who would ask (1 Peter 3:15).
Communion: As directed by Jesus (Matthew 26:26-29) and the apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 11:23-26), and following the example of the early church (Acts 20:7), we join in the memorial for the Lord every first day of the week. This refers to unleavened bread and fruit of the vine (grape juice) being taken by each Christian to honor and commemorate Jesus' sacrifice on the cross for our sins. While we do not expressly practice "closed communion," we firmly believe that the Lord's Supper is for genuine believers only.
Congregational Singing: We engage in congregational singing at every service (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16). This gives everyone an opportunity to participate in praise to God and edification of one another. We understand this to be an act of fellowship that is made possible by the participation of all members equally in a collective experience. Thus, we do not use instrumental music or separate choirs as an accompaniment to or replacement for our singing.
No solicitations: According to the pattern found in Scripture, we take up a monetary collection on the "first day of the week" (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). These are voluntary offerings from the members of this congregation (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). We do not ask visitors for contributions, and we do not expect them to give this. As our honored guest, we desire your presence and your attention to God's Word, not your money.
We Hope You Will Find Us to Be Christians Who...
- are not denominational or caught up in party affiliations, factions, and names (1 Corinthians 1:10-13).
- hold Christ as our only Savior and Leader (Ephesians 1:22-23, Colossians 1:18).
- are striving to be "made complete" in Christ (Colossians 1:28).
- treat strangers with courtesy and respect (Colossians 4:5-6).
- believe in God and His desire to save even the worst of sinners (1 Timothy 1:12-17, 2:4-5).
- believe that God teaches us through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and that His Spirit leads us heavenward (Galatians 5:16).
- believe that Christ's gospel—and not snacks and entertainment—should be sufficient to draw men to worship God (John 12:32, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5).
- realize that the salvation of one's soul is the ultimate and personal responsibility of each individual person to pursue (John 3:18-21, Romans 2:4-11).
We welcome you to our services regardless of your religious beliefs, and we encourage you to study God's Word with us. We want to help anyone who is sincerely seeking the truth which is in Christ (Ephesians 4:20-24). We want you to experience a warm, friendly atmosphere among us. We will do our very best to teach the Bible in its appropriate context and to practice genuine goodwill toward all people (Galatians 6:9-10).