McLish Avenue Church of Christ FAQ Page
The church of Christ is simply the church you read about when you open up your New Testament (Mt. 16:18-19; Acts 2:47; Rom. 16:16). We are not a denomination (1 Cor. 1:10-13). We are not a product of the restoration or reformation movement. We are New Testament Christians who believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word and that we must follow it to get to Heaven (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Mt. 7:21).
The church of Christ was naturally founded by Jesus Christ (Mt. 16:13-18). Jesus Himself built the church (Mt. 16:18). He purchased the church with His own blood (Acts 20:28). He is the head of the church (Eph. 1:22-23). And, He is coming back to receive the church to glory (1 Cor. 15:24). Unlike some critics have assumed, the church of Christ was not started by Thomas Campbell, Alexander Campbell, Barton Stone or any other man. To see why these men could not have started the church of Christ click on "more."
Since most modern denominations were founded within the last 500 years, many assume the church of Christ was founded during this time also. Actually, the church of Christ was founded on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Jesus promised His disciples that some of them would not die until they saw the kingdom present with power (Mk. 9:1). Jesus promised to build that kingdom which is the church (Mt. 16:18-19). In Acts 2:47, when the gospel has been preached for the very first time and men and women obey God in baptism (Acts 2:38) the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:47). While many have a false assumption about the Lord’s church, we can know it was founded during the first century and that it still exists today.
Most man-made religious groups have a local headquarters that runs that group. For example, the Catholic denomination’s headquarters are located in Rome. Thus, many people think the church of Christ must have a local headquarters. Contrary to popular belief, the Bible does not authorize a local headquarters because Jesus is still reigning over His church from Heaven. Jesus is still the head of the church (Eph. 1:22-23). He is reigning at the right hand of the throne of God as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Heb. 1:1-4; Rev. 19:16). In fact, the Scripture specifically teaches that Heaven is our headquarters. “Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven” (Ps. 119:89). If God’s Word is already settled in Heaven, there is no need or authority for a man-made headquarters. This matter all comes down to the authority of the Bible. Did you know that we are not to do anything that we don’t have specific authority for from God? To learn more about the authority of the Scriptures, click the "more video" link to watch the video, "Authority and Application of the Bible." Click on "more text" to read the transcript of this video.
Oftentimes people ask the question, “How do I join the church of Christ?” To be blunt, you can’t. Now, we don’t say that because we don’t want you to be a part of the Lord’s church. Nor do we say that to be unkind. Rather, we say it because you don’t “join” the Lord’s church like you join man-made denominations. When one obeys the plan of salvation, he is automatically “added” to the Lord’s church and wherever he goes in the world he is already a member of the Lord’s church. Isn’t that a wonderful thought? To know that you being a part of the Lord’s church does not depend on men allowing you to join? Do you want to know what to do to be “added” to the Lord’s church? If so just click the "more video" link to watch a video titled "What Must I Do to be Saved?" Click on "more text" to read the transcript of the video.
The word pastor is one of those religious words that has been so grossly misused that you have un-teach people the error involved in using it before you can teach them the proper use of it in Scripture. In the New Testament there is not a single “Pastor” who is in charge of the church. In fact, in the New Testament the word Pastor is never applied to the preacher. The only time the word pastor is used it describes the work of an elder. The McLish Avenue Church of Christ has faithful elders/pastors who rule the flock and watch out for our souls (Heb. 13:17).
We love to have visitors at the McLish AvenueChurch of Christ. In fact, you will always find a warm and friendly welcome at the church of Christ. Our services are very simple. We have singing, prayer, preaching, partaking of the Lord’s Supper and giving. Would you like to know more about what to expect at the worship service of the Lord’s church? Click on "more" to find out.
The Mclish Avenue Church of Christ is everywhere in Ardmore and its surrounding areas. Now, I know that probably wasn’t the answer you were expecting, but allow me to explain. Unlike the way we sometimes use the word church, in the New Testament the church is not the building, it is the people (Acts 7:48-50). The Bible says to Christians, “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually” (1 Cor. 12:27). Since the church is the people and not the building, we are located everywhere our members are. However, if you are looking for the directions to our building we would be glad to help you with that also. Click "more" to see directions to the building where the McLish Avenue Church of Christ meets.