Who are we?
More important than who we are, is who Jesus Christ is. We define ourselves by our relationship to Him. Everything revolves around Jesus.1 We are Christians who meet simply around Jesus Christ. By “Christian”2 we mean a person who has Jesus Christ living in his heart as Savior and Lord. We consider ourselves to be one with all Christians who have a living relationship with God through faith in His only Son Jesus.3
Why are we called a Fellowship and not a Church?
The Church, as seen in the Bible, includes every true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. In the Bible The Church is one. The only way it is divided is by locality.4 For example, every believer in Beaver Falls would be included in the church of Beaver Falls. We hold to the high view that every believer is part of the church. The church today seems to be fractured into many pieces and each piece has taken the word “church” unto itself. Because we view ourselves as only a small part of the whole, we use the term fellowship rather than church since in our understanding the term “church” should be applied to all believers in a given locality.
Do we have a pastor?
The word “pastor” in the Bible means, “shepherd.” We have those who shepherd God’s people in our midst. In our study of the Scriptures we have not seen a pattern of one pastor over each church5, but rather brothers (plural) with proven experience charged with shepherding (pastoring) the flock (church members).6 Therefore we do not have what most people think of as “a” pastor, but we do have those who shepherd (pastor). We call them leading brothers or overseers.
Who is in charge?
Jesus is the Head of the church. The Church is to express His life and will, to be His hands and feet. The Bible speaks of the church as the body of Christ with Christ as Head. When Jesus desires to do something, He moves in His body (the church) through the leading of His Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus Christ, is present in every true believer. He speaks to them all, and leads them all, expressing the life of Christ through them. Leaders are called to discern what the Lord is doing and saying among the members, giving voice to it for the benefit of everyone. They are to teach the word of God (the Bible), equip the members to serve the Lord and one another, and guard the members from deceitful counterfeits of the Spirit. They are to lead by example and service.
How do I become a member?
We do not keep a membership roll. We consider anyone who is a true Christian to be a member of the body of Christ and therefore one with us. Practically, we consider anyone a member who knows the Lord and has demonstrated a commitment to meet with us on a regular basis.
What kind of meetings do we have?
The Christians in the Bible met together for fellowship, the breaking of bread, the teaching of the apostles, and prayer (Acts 4:32). In the same way we meet together for these reasons.
Fellowship is at its root a mutual exchange of the life of Christ. This happens in various ways and times but is specifically encouraged when we gather around the Lord’s Table on Sunday mornings. This meeting is an “open” meeting because it is open for anyone to share through testimonies, thanksgivings, praises, prayers, songs, psalms, expressions of the gifts of the Spirit, and other things that God might put on the heart of the believer. This meeting is all about remembering the Lord by giving thanks and worship to Jesus and His Father, the God over all. During this meeting we take of the bread and the cup as the Lord instructed us to do.
As the early church met around the apostles’ teaching, we meet around the words that they have passed down to us in the Bible. This is usually after the Lord’s Table. Gifted brothers preach and teach from the Word of God under the leading and anointing of the Holy Spirit.
We also meet together in group Bible studies during the week.
It is essential to meet together for prayer, which connects us as Christ’s body to Him as our Head. All those who meet with us are strongly encouraged to participate in this.
The sisters meet together monthly to explore spiritual issues and support each other in their personal walk with the Lord.
On a less formal basis, we also meet together for fellowship over meals and recreational activities.
See our Calendar.
How are finances handled?
The Lord is the One who supplies our need. He does so by motivating His people to give generously. When one desires to make an offering, there is a box in the back of the meeting room. In this way the Lord has amply provided, so that we can share with many who are in need.
What are the essential Christian beliefs?
Although many beliefs are held and agreed upon by most Christians, there are relatively few which are absolutely essential and must be accepted without dispute. These all have to do with Jesus Christ. The basis of them is the Bible, which we hold to be the revealed Word of God. They are:
- Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. This means that Jesus did not inherit the sinful nature of man and He is therefore the only person free of sin.
- Jesus is God’s only begotten Son. This means He is God Incarnate.
- Jesus died a substitutionary death for our sins. This is the basis of all our forgiveness and relationship with God.
- Jesus rose bodily from the dead.
- Jesus must be confessed to be Lord. This means that in reality Jesus Christ has been made the sovereign master of the believer’s life.
1 Col 1:16-18 “For all things were created by Him, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the Head of the body, the church, who is the Beginning, the First-born from the dead, that He may be pre-eminent in all things.”
2 2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are holding to your faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? –Unless indeed you fail to meet the test!”
3 1 Corinthians 12:12 “For as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.”
4 This view is derived from a study of the New Testament examples of the use of the word “Church” and the fundamental reality of the oneness of the Body of Christ.
5 Tit 1:5 KJV “For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that were wanting, and appoint elders in every city, as I gave thee charge.”
6 See Acts 20:28 and 1Peter 5:1-4