Our Beliefs

 

As members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God, and proclaim Him as Savior and Lord of the world.

Our Faith and Practice

The membership of this church consists of those who unite as a body of Christ by confession of faith and baptism or those who transfer their membership from other churches by statement.  A letter of transfer is unnecessary.

We baptize by immersion as taught in the New Testament Church. We accept those who have been baptized and are comfortable with their baptism.

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper each time we meet to praise God. Christ is the host at the communion table. We practice “open” communion and come at His invitation. All who wish to participate are invited to do so.

 

Our Church Family

Through the power of the love of Christ, we seek to be bound together for worship, fellowship, and for service.  We seek to encourage and nurture each other by the gift of ministry bestowed on us by God’s Holy Spirit for the encouragement and building up of the entire church.  As family we seek to give strength to each other through love and prayer, and praising God through devotion, song, and action.  We seek to grow in awareness of our responsibility to proclaim Christ to those who do not know Him.  Knowing the great love Christ has for everyone, we welcome the new, the wandering, the poor, and the unloved.

 

 


 

A Message from our Pastor

 

Hello Everyone!

It is an honor for me to be not only sharing this with you, but to those I have been called to serve and worship with here at Benton First Christian Church.

As a Pastor, I am no different than any of you.  We all have a ministry that God calls us to and all He requires of us is to say, “Yes Lord.”  Admittedly, that does not always seem easy to us, or, what we would be comfortable doing!  When I was first asked by my Pastor if I thought about going into the ministry, my answer was swift and decisive; “NO!”

However, my Pastor asked me to pray about it….I couldn’t very well say “NO” to a request to pray!  I had read Psalm 147: 3

“He heals the brokenhearted

 and binds up their wounds.”

NKJV

This is exactly what God had done for me, then my wife, and our marriage!  This is what God was calling me to do for others.  Our ministry does not end there though.  Our ministry really does start and end with our relationship with God through Jesus, His only Son.  Knowing God means to have a personal and intimate relationship with Him…daily.  And this is our prayer for you, wherever you decide to worship.

We are not a large congregation by any means, but we are “large” in our love for God, our love for one another, and if given the opportunity, our love you too!

 

Pastor Joe