1. Service times:
Worship: 11:30 A.M. – Every Sunday (1Cor 16:1-2, Acts 20:7, Heb 10:25).
Bible Study: 10:30 A.M. – Every Sunday
Bible Study: 1:00 PM – Every Wednesday
2. Non-instrumental – We are acapella only (Eph 5:19, Col 3:16, Heb 2:12).
3. King James Version of the Bible is the translation we use. Although many versions are unreliable and altered by the translators, we do not issue blanket condemnation of all other versions (2Tim 2:2, Mt 4:4).
4. Autonomous – We are a self-governing congregation after the scriptural pattern. The biblical leadership in the First Century was made of qualified men appointed to be elders (also called Bishops, Overseers, Shepherds, Presbyters, and Pastors). There is always more than one man serving as an Elder in a scriptural Eldership. Where there are not enough men qualified to make up an Eldership, the responsibility of the guidance of the congregation falls to the men of the congregation, appreciating the more scripturally mature, in making decisions. This is the case with the Church of Christ Ludington at this time. We hope and intend to have a qualified Eldership some day. (1Tim 3, Titus 1, Phil 1:1).
5. Self-Supporting -We do not ask visitors for money, and we do not attempt to make money in any other way than by the contribution of our members. The contribution is taken only once a week, and only on the First Day of the week, and is a free will offering, no tithe. (1Cor 16:1, 2, Heb 7).
6. Cooperation – We are not averse to working with other congregations of the churches of Christ whom we perceive to be faithful to the Lord (2Cor 9, 1Cor 16).
7. Bible Classes – We have adult and children Bible classes for Bible study. During worship everyone remains together as we find in scripture (1Cor 11-16, Heb 10:24-26).
8. The Lord’s Supper – We follow the scriptural pattern of observing the Lord’s Supper (also called “communion”) every week, and only on the First Day of the week. (1Cor 11:17-34, Acts 20:7).
We use unleavened bread. We use multiple containers to contain the “fruit of the vine” (i.e. grape juice) that memorializes the blood of Christ.
9. The Invitation – We have a sermon/ lesson from God’s Word during worship, at the end of which, we always offer the Lord’s invitation to come to Him by obeying the gospel plan of salvation. We also offer to those who have done so in the past the opportunity to publicly confess and repent from public sin, for which we would offer public prayer on their behalf.
These items do not complete a comprehensive list of beliefs or practices. This list is designed as a public service to any who might desire to know what sort of congregation meets at 3816 West Fountain Road in Ludington, Michigan. These topics are often telling-signs that people are interested to know when seeking to visit with churches of Christ.
We are happy to answer further questions, and we would be pleased to discuss the Bible with you. Call us anytime, Steve 231-425-6044