What should we expect when we visit the Scottsville Church of Christ?
Above all else, we believe it is our privilege to reflect Christ’s character the moment you walk through the doors of the Church building – from a warm welcome, to uplifting worship and practical messages it’s all about Jesus and His desire to have a personal relationship with each one of us.
What does Scottsville Church of Christ have for my family?
At the Scottsville Church of Christ, we know that people are God’s priority so people are our priority. Scottsville provides relationship and spiritual growth opportunities for every member of your family, at every stage of life – why not visit the Scottsville Church of Christ this Sunday and see for yourself?
Where is the Scottsville Church of Christ located?
Directions: We are located at 1370 Smith’s Grove Road, Scottsville, KY 42124. We at the corner of highway 31E and highway 101 in Allen County, approximately 10 miles from Barron River State park.
What time does Church begin?
Our Bible Classes begin at 9:30 AM, and worship begins at 10:30 AM on Sundays. We also meet on Sunday evenings at 6:00 PM. We have mid-week Bible Classes for all ages on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
How will I know where to take my kids?
We will be glad to help you find your child’s class.
A Person To Know….
And A Place To Grow….
II Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:15
Our message is a message of Hope in a world of despair, Peace in a world of turmoil, Love in a world of hate, Joy in a world of sorrows, and Faith in a world of doubt.
Our message focuses on one Man and what His sacrifice has accomplished for us (Eph. 3:10-11). A Man who lived a life of obedience for us (Rom. 5:19). A Man who died a death of the disobedient for us(Heb. 2:9). A Man who was resurrected and now makes intercession for us (Heb.7:25). A Man who is our “Hope” (I Tim. 1:1), our “Peace” (Eph. 2:14), and our “Life” (Col 3:4).
We believe and teach that salvation is totally by the Grace of God which he bestows on us through the blood of Jesus. We rest our hope fully, not partly or mostly, but fully, on God’s Grace (I Pet. 1:13). We do not earn, merit, acquire, or add anything to the sacrifice that Jesus made for our sins. Any response on our part (such as trusting in Him, and being baptized as a demonstration of our faith in Him) is simply an acceptance of His “Indescribable Gift” (II Cor. 9:15). Therefore, “We do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus the Lord” (II Cor. 4:5). I wrote the following poem years ago which briefly summarizes what we believe about Jesus Christ – Who Himself is Our Message.
Our mission is to help others come to “Know Him” and the power of His resurrection (Phil. 3:10). We want to help others understand that the gospel of Christ is the good news that Jesus died for all our sins (past, present and future). And that we are “complete in Him” (Col. 2:10) and that our lives have been “hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3). Our mission is to humbly submit to His will for our lives and allow Him to work in us “what is well pleasing in His sight” (Heb. 13:21). We believe God works “for us” (Rom. 8:31), “with us” (I Cor. 3:9), “through us” (II Cor. 7:6), and “in us” (Phil. 2:13). We believe that “He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think” by “His Power” that “works in us” (Eph. 3:20).
In short, our mission is to lead others to Jesus, learn more about Jesus, and live our lives for Jesus. We believe that by the power of His Spirit working in our lives we will be able to teach others, serve others and live in such a way that others can and will see Him in us. We strive to live so “that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ” (I Pet. 4:11). We do this by preaching a Person to Know (Phil. 3:10) and by providing a Place to Grow (Eph. 4:15). If you are looking for a church home perhaps God has led you here. If so, we welcome you into our spiritual family.
Our members meet regularly on the first day of the week to worship God and edify one another (Acts 20:7; I Cor. 14). Our services are designed for this purpose. In our worship assembly there is prayer (I Cor. 14:15), singing (Col. 3:16), preaching (Acts 20:7), communion (Acts 20:7), and an opportunity to give (I Cor. 16:1-2). We believe that God requires and expects each member to be at this meeting if possible (Heb. 10:25). We also have other occasions when various members meet for Bible study, singing practice, devotionals and other activities. We have Bible classes for all ages, a nursery, youth activities, senior ministies and a number of special events during the year. We currently have 5 elders, 3deacons and one minister serving our members.
We believe that our members are some of the best on the planet and invite you to worship with us whenever possible to experience the difference. We believe that the difference is worth the distance, no matter how far you have to come, and we believe that if you come often, you will agree. We strive to be a faithful group, a friendly group and a forgiving group. We are who we are, because He is who He is. We preach “A Person to Know” (Phil. 3:10) and we provide “A Place to Grow” (Eph 4:15)
Background Since each church of Christ is an individual entity and no one body governs all the churches of Christ, each worship service is a little different from the next, though most share common practices and beliefs.
We want to be a Bible-centered church. And we try to be. Yet we know that our conclusions aren’t flawless, and that our practices are sometimes colored by habit, preference, tradition, or convenience.
The Setting Some churches of Christ meet in homes or rented facilities. Many, for the sake of convenience, have built a church building. We meet in our building on 1379 Smiths Grove Road in Scottsville, Kentucky. When you meet with us, you will enter what we refer to as the “auditorium.” There will be pews for the worshippers, and there are no reserved seats, so feel free to sit anywhere you choose.
Singing In a bookrack near you, there will be a songbook for your use. When the song leader announces a number, you can turn to that number in the songbook to fing the words and music. Sometimes, the song leader will choose to use the overhead projector to show words to a song that is not in the songbook. Usually, those words can also be found in an insert in the bulletin you’ll receive when you enter. One of the unique things about churches of Christ–and something you may find strange–is that the music is “a cappella.” That is, we sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments. This is a conviction with us, not just a preference. It has roots in our restoration heritage. We are seeking to worship according to the New Testament pattern. Since the New Testament leaves instrumental music out, we believe it’s best to exclude it too.(1) You may consider us narrow on this point, but we believe you will respect our reason for it, and our conviction. And we think you’ll find the singing meaningful, with everyone being invited to participate.
Prayers There will be several prayers during the service. Inserted in the bulletin, you will find a prayer request form that you may want to fill out, so the church can pray for your specific needs and requests.
Preaching You will notice that the preacher doesn’t have a title. He won’t be referred to as Pastor or Reverend. He will probably be referred to as brother or mister. Or, possibly, just called by his first name. He won’t be wearing any ecclesiastical vestments which set him apart. The reason for this is our belief in the priesthood of all believers. That all are equal.(2) The sermon will likely be from 20-30 minutes long. We think you will find it refreshingly Bible-centered.
Invitation At the close of the sermon, the preacher will “extend an invitation.” This is simply an expedient time to invite those who are moved to come forward to make a commitment, ask for forgiveness, or request prayer support. He will encourage those who wish to “respond” to come to the front of the auditorium while the congregation sings. Don’t feel ill-at-ease during this invitation. You will not be singled out in any way. There may be several who respond or there may be none. Some may respond for baptism. Some to confess sins. Some to ask for prayer for a specific need. Some to “identify themselves” or “place membership” with this church. If anyone responds for baptism, you will witness the baptism during the service. The baptism will be by immersion.(3) And it will be for the remission of sins.(4)
Lord’s Supper If you visit on a Sunday morning, the Lord’s Supper will be included in the worship proceedings–because churches of Christ observe this memorial every Sunday. Again, the reason for this is our desire to follow the New Testament teaching. The first century church celebrated this observance of Christ on the first day of the week.(5) We assume from this that they did it the first day of every week. And we know from respected historians that in early centuries, the Lord’s Supper was an every-Sunday commemoration.(6) During this memorial, plates containing piece of unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus.(7) Each participating person will break off a piece of the bread and eat it. Next, trays filled with small cups will be distributed. The cups will contain “fruit of the vine,” usually grape juice, symbolizing the blood of Jesus.(7) Each participant will drink the contents of one of the cups. If you choose not to participate, don’t be embarrassed. Feel free to just pass the plate or tray to the person next to you.
Offering Also, if you visit on a Sunday morning, containers will be passed to collect the weekly financial offering.(8) As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation. Feel perfectly comfortable in just passing the collection plate on down the row.
What Will Be Expected Of You Nothing at all! You are welcome to participate. But don’t feel obliged to. You may also just observe, if that is your choice. You may be asked to fill out an Attendance Card. This simply provides information so the church can write or call to thank you for your visit. Supply the information if you are comfortable doing so. But feel free to decline this request if you prefer.
*Most text taken from “What You Can Expect When You Visit the Church of Christ,” by Joe R. Barnett, Copyright ©1992 Pathway, Inc. 1. 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12 2. Matthew 23:8-12; Galatians 3:26-28; 1 Peter 2:5,9 3. Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12 4. Acts 2:38 5. Acts 20:7 6. 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 8. 1 Corinthians 16:1-2