NEWNAN CHURCH OF CHRIST
Who We Are, What We Believe,
What We Do & How We Live
Realizing that no single document outside of the Bible can fully capture the meaning of what it is to live as a Christian within community, the following is offered as a brief attempt to highlight our identity, beliefs, practices, and lifestyle within the Newnan church family. If after reading you have further questions or need clarifications—which we hope you will—please speak with one of our ministers, shepherds, deacons or ministry leaders.
Who We Are
The Newnan church of Christ is a local community of Jesus-followers who exist to worship God the Father, win people to Jesus Christ the Son, and walk by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ while living lives of holiness, humility, and honor.
We are a body of believers with roots in the American Restoration Movement, dating to the early 1800s. We believe there are many strengths in this historic stream of faith, while at the same time recognizing its weaknesses. Among its strengths are an emphasis on Scripture, the importance of Christian baptism, weekly observance of the Lord's Supper, and congregational singing in our worship assemblies.
We believe God has given us freedom in worship styles and outreach methods with the ultimate goal of bringing glory to God, building up the church, and bringing home the lost. We utilize a cappella congregational music in our Sunday morning assemblies, while occasionally including special music and videos, solos, dramas or other special events which would utilize instrumental accompaniment. We include a blend of contemporary praise and worship songs as well as hymns and psalms in our singing. This demonstrates our freedom of expression in worship and desire to become "all things to all people" through a balance of worship styles that are relevant to our culture, time, and place.
As to organization, we believe Christ is the only head of the church and that every member is under His authority and also in submission to one another. We understand every member to be a minister of Christ, called to serve in His name. We recognize there are different gifts and functions within the body of Christ, but do not believe there is any hierarchy in which one member or ministry is more important than another. Everything we do is directed toward the kingdom goal of bringing God’s lost children back into loving relationship with him.
We believe every member of our church family is accountable to Christ and to one another. We believe the Bible teaches that our local church family is to be organized as a flock under the loving and watchful care of shepherds (men who are also referred to in Scripture as elders, bishops, and presbyters) and that the ministry of the church is to be entrusted to spiritual men and women who serve as deacons and leaders in ministry.
What We Believe
We believe there is one true and living God, the Creator of heaven and earth, who upholds and sustains all things by his power and might, and who reveals Himself to us as a loving Father to his children. We believe in Jesus, our unique Savior and Lord, who relates to God as a Son to a Father, submissive to and fulfilling His will. And we believe in the Holy Spirit, who comforts, convicts, and guides us into right and holy living.
We believe the entire Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is God's inspired word to humanity and is the final authority for Christian faith, life and practice.
We believe Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God through whose sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection from the grave we can receive forgiveness of sins, victory over death, eternal life, and empowerment for daily living by accepting and receiving Him in faith.
We believe Jesus, who ascended into heaven and now sits at the Father’s right hand, will one day return to take His people to eternal rest and glory with God in heaven.
We believe the Holy Spirit convicts humans of sin and leads us to salvation in Christ; that the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer to transform his or her life to become more and more like Jesus by convicting, comforting, strengthening and equipping God's people with spiritual gifts.
We believe all humans are created in the image of God and that since the first sin of Adam and Eve all people fall short of God's
glory as sinners and cannot attain salvation by their own efforts. Salvation is only by God's grace, rests entirely on the finished work of Christ, and is a gift which must be received by faith. Those who wish to receive this gift confess their faith in Jesus, repent of their sins and are baptized.
We believe the church is Christ's body on earth, that Christ is head of the church and that all who have received Jesus by faith are members of His body. We believe local church families are autonomous and independent, yet interconnected and interrelated communities of believers who are called by Christ to share the good news of Jesus with the world and to build up fellow believers in the faith in order that God may bless the world through the church.
What We Do
We practice baptism of believers by immersion for the forgiveness of sin and the reception of the Holy Spirit. Through baptism believers share in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ in order to be born into a new life and a new relationship with God.
We observe the Lord's Supper as instituted by Christ during His last Passover meal here on earth. Our weekly observance of communion invites all believers present in our corporate worship to join with us in remembering, recognizing and proclaiming the Lord's death until He comes again.
We engage in active service to our community, country and world through a variety of outreach and service ministries. Whether providing food, clothing or finances to families in need, teaching children’s Bible classes in the inner city, working in an area soup kitchen, going on mission trips, or giving to disaster relief, all members of the Newnan church are expected to be actively involved in not only talking about their faith but demonstrating its reality in everyday life.
How We Live
We will protect the unity of the Newnan church family by acting in love toward other members, by being mutually submissive to each other and by celebrating our oneness and settling our differences according to the example and teachings of Christ.
We will share in the responsibility of the Newnan church family to spread the gospel by praying for kingdom growth, both locally and abroad, by inviting others to be a part of our church life and worship together, and by warmly welcoming those who are our guests.
We will share in the work and ministry of our church family by giving our time and talent to at least one ministry of the church. We encourage everyone to uncover and unleash their spiritual gifts and abilities, to be equipped for works of service, and then to work in the ministry to which God calls them. Every member is a minister and every minister has a ministry.
We will support the testimony and work of the Newnan church by daily godly living, regular ministry participation, and weekly worship and small group involvement, sharing our time, talents, love and service with others and by our financial gifts of tithes and offerings. Each member should experience at least three “touches” of corporate church life each week, through active participation in Sunday morning worship, Sunday school class participation, and weekly small group gatherings or service activities (such as Men’s Prayer Group, Ladies Bible Class, CORE Group, Wednesday evening Bible study, youth and children’s ministries, singing at local nursing homes or serving at Bridging the Gap).
We believe the way to grow a church larger is by making it smaller. Every member is encouraged to be an active member of a small group, which we call CORE groups. CORE stands for Care (for each other), OutReach (in service to the community) and Evangelism (sharing Jesus with others). CORE groups provide fellowship, encouragement, and spiritual growth through studying God’s word in members’ homes or at the church building, often sharing meals together, and allow shepherding and accountability to occur in an atmosphere of love and acceptance, while also providing an opportunity to invite our neighbors to receive new life in Christ and share in the life of our church family.
As members together in the Newnan church family, we will seek individual and corporate spiritual maturity through our own personal and communal devotion to Christ, exercising and growing our faith through spiritual disciplines including worship, celebration, prayer, Bible study, meditation, silence, solitude, simplicity, fasting, sub-mission, service, confession, and guidance.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with the elders or preaching minister, please call the church office at 770-253-3684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.