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Originally founded as the Second Street Church of Christ in the latter part of the 1800’s, the Meadow View Church of Christ has its foundation in a movement that began in the early part of the nineteenth century that has come to be called “The Restoration Movement”. It was not a movement that was started by any one individual or group, but many individuals and groups who had as their desire the “restoration” of the New Testament Church as it is found in the pages of the New Testament. They all felt that the way to unite Christians was not to adhere to man-made creeds, doctrines, or statements of faith, but to simply follow the divinely-inspired blueprint for the church that began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2).
The Meadow View Church of Christ continues to be committed to following only the Bible as our rule of faith and practice. We are not a denomination but are an independent and autonomous body of believers. The object of existence is not to add another to the many denominations that are now found. A divided church is contrary to the teaching of Christ and His apostles (1 Cor. 1:10; John 17:21). We have “No creed but Christ.” “No book but the Bible.” “No name but Christian.” There is no synod, council, or ecclesiastical authority that makes decisions for us or imposes their beliefs on us. Jesus Christ is our only “High Priest”. All Christians are considered to be “priests” and “saints”, able to offer up prayer and sacrifices to God through Jesus. The local congregation is under the authority of the elders, who are to watch over the flock as overseers.
We practice two God-ordained ordinances:
1) Immersion (baptism) of the penitent believer in water for the remission of sins and
2) the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper (communion).
Other historical and doctrinal facts are summarized in P.H. Welshimer’s excellent tract entitled, “Facts concerning the New Testament Church” which is available at the church.
What must I do to be Saved?
The Bible teaches that salvation and the forgiveness of sins is achieved only by the grace of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7
The Bible teaches that one receives God’s grace by:
I. Having faith in Christ, trusting Him as both Lord and Savior. John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 11:6
II. Repenting from sin. Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 2:38, 17:30; II Corinthians 7:10; II Peter 3:9
III. Confessing Christ. Matthew 10:32-33; Acts 8:37; Romans 10:9-10
IV. Being immersed (baptized) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Mark 16:16; Matthew 28:18-20: John 3:3, 5; Acts 2:38, 22:16; Romans 6:3-11;
Galatians 3:26-27; Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:21
Division of the Bible
We believe that the Old and New Testaments are both the inspired Word of God, but that the New Testament is the exclusive book of authority. Everything that is necessary for the unconverted to do in order to become a Christian, and everything that is necessary for the Christian to do in order to go to Heaven, are found in the New Testament. The old law is nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14). The Old Testament was for the Jew, the New for the Christian. Many commandments found in the Old Testament are found in the New; but they are binding upon us, not because they are found in the Old, but because they are re-enacted in the New Covenant.
Baptism is a positive command. On the authority, subject, action and design, the Scripture is plain. We do not believe there is any virtue in the water. But we believe baptism is an act of obedience commanded by Christ in order to receive salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the personality of the Holy Spirit. He is not an emotion of sentiment, but a thinking intelligence. He can be grieved, rejected, or resisted. He is the third person of the Trinity. In conversion the Spirit operates through the Word. He has told us what to do to be saved. God has ordained that the gospel is the power unto salvation.
The Lord's Supper (Communion)
1. A memorial. Jesus said: "This do in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19)
2. A communion. (1 Corinthians 10:16) Not a communion with one another, but with Christ.
3. To build us up in Christ. The more we reverently think of His death for us, the more we are determined to live for Him.
Who can partake:
Compare 1 Corinthians 11:23 and 1 Corinthians 1:1, 2. We here learn that Paul says all who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ gave it to His followers and has never taken it from them. It is the Lord's table and is spread for His people, and no man, can rightfully deprive one of God's children from partaking. Closed Communion is unscriptural.
How often to partake:
From Acts 2:42 we learn that the Lord's Supper had a prominent part in the worship of the early disciples. By comparing Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:1, 2, we discover that when the disciples met it was to partake of the Lord's Supper, and it was their custom to meet every Lord's Day.