Learn What We Believe
Allow us to introduce ourselves:
The Pleasant View church of Christ is a non-denominational body of believers. Although we do not claim to be the only Christians, our goal is to be “Christians only.” Our membership is made up of many people from many cultures, races, generations and backgrounds. The common faith we have in God and His Word keeps us together as a large family.
Each individual church of Christ congregation is self-ruled and independent of other congregations. Each congregation is governed by a plurality of elders selected from among the members. These are men who meet the specific qualifications for this office given in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. At this time, at Pleasant View, we have three elders.
Jesus said, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). We try, to the best of our ability, to follow this command in structuring our worship services. By careful study of the New Testament churches, it is revealed that items of worship observed by the first-century church were singing, preaching, giving, and partaking of the Lord’s Supper.
One worship practice that sets the church of Christ apart from most Christian churches is acappella singing. This is a part of our heritage that was embraced because there was no mention of instrumental music in the first-century church (Matthew 26:30, Acts 16:25, Romans 15:9, 1 Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:18-19, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 2:12, James 5:13). The result is a beautiful blending of all voices, seeking to praise and glorify God in spirit and love.
Another place you may notice a difference between our church and other religious groups is the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper. It is observed in memory of Christ’s crucifixion. In Acts 20:7, we find “And upon the first day of the week … the disciples came together to break bread.” We follow this example and honor Jesus every week by participating in this communion. Those who participate have accepted Christ as the Son of God and as their Savior by being baptized.
If you visit a church of Christ, there may be a baptism following the lesson. After study, prayer, and meditation, an individual may feel ready to be baptized as a means of remission of sins, reception of the Holy Spirit, and salvation. (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, 1 Peter 3:21). When a person is baptized into Christ for these reasons, he or she becomes a Christian and a member of the church. No further steps are required for church membership except continued love and service to the Savior.
Since Christ died to save the whole world and the invitation to share in the saving grace is open to everyone (Acts 10:34-35, Revelation 22:17) we do not believe that anyone is predestined for salvation or condemnation. To accept or reject Christ is a matter of choice. Wherever you are at this moment, we hope you will decide to accept the love and salvation offered by Christ.
We want you to go to heaven and live in eternity with the father, but to do that, one must get back to the Bible. We strive as a fellowship to use the Bible as our only guide for church practices and means of salvation. The Bible contains all one needs to know to become a child of God.
Through the death of Jesus on the cross, we all have opportunity for eternal life. If you have any questions, we will be happy to teach you what the Bible says about salvation and how to obtain it. One of our elders, or our minister, Chris Kearney, is available to you for further study or to answer your questions. You may reach either by phone or through e-mail. We look forward to getting to know you through a visit to our worship services, small group, or a fellowship activity.