What to expect

Some churches of Christ meet in homes or rented facilities. Most for the sake of convenience, have erected a church building. You will enter what we refer to as the “auditorium.” There will be rows of chairs or pews for the worshipers. There are no reserved seats, so feel free to sit anywhere you choose.

The People

What kind of people can you expect to find at Logan Martin? We are a diverse group. Our members come from all walks of life and with varied backgrounds. Understand that some are mature Christians and some are just babes in Christ and need more spiritual growth. That’s our goal here at Logan Martin. We didn’t just get together because of an illusion that we were all perfect, quite the opposite. We were brought together by our recognition that we are all sinners in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus (Mark 2:17; Rom. 5:6-9; Eph. 1:7; 1 John 11:7).

That’s the reason we can worship together, stick together, and with God’s help, accomplish more things that make a difference.

You won’t have to look very far to find our failures. But, bottom line, you will find people who love Jesus and love the Bible.

The Singing

In a book rack near you, there will be a hymn book for your use. Most songs, however, will be projected on a large screen up front. When the song leader announces a number, you can turn to that number in the hymn book to find the words and music.

One of the unique things about churches of Christ, and something you may not know, is that the music is “a capella”. That is, we sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments.

This is a conviction with us, not just a preference. It has its 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 Cor. 14:15; Eph. 5:18,19; Col. 3:16; Heb. 2:12). 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 will find the singing meaningful, with everyone being invited to participate.

Prayers

There will be several prayers during the service and there may be prayers for specific needs and/or request.

The 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 minister, or just be called by his first name.

He won’t be wearing any special robes which set him apart. The reason for this is our belief in the priesthood of believers we all are equal (Matt. 23:8-12; Gal. 3:26-28; 1 Pet. 2:5,9).

The sermon will last between 20 to 25 minutes and we think that you will find it uplifting and Bible-centered.

The 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 make a commitment to Christ through baptism or request prayer support.

He will encourage those who wish to “respond” to come to the front of the auditorium while the congregation sings a hymn.

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 none at all. Some may respond for baptism. Some to confess sins. Some to ask for prayer for a specific need. Some to “place membership” with this church. If anyone responds for baptism, you will witness the baptism during this service.

Baptism

The baptism will be by immersion and for the remission of sins (Acts 8:35-39; Rom. 6:3,4; Col. 2:12; Acts 2:38).

The 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 New Testament teaching. The first century church celebrated this observance on the first day of the week. We assume from this that they did it the first day of every week. We know from respected historians that in early centuries the Lord’s Supper was an every-Sunday commemoration. (Acts 20:7)

During this memorial, plates containing pieces of unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus (1 Cor. 11:23-25). Each participating person will break off a piece of the bread and eat it. Those participating have been baptized into Christ. 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 (1 Cor. 11:23-25). Each participant will drink the contents of one of the cups.

The Offering

If you visit on a Sunday morning, trays will be passed to collect the weekly financial offering (1 Cor. 16:1,2).

As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation. God does, however, command our regular members to “lay by in store on the first day of the week.”

What Will Be Expected of You

Nothing at all! You are welcome to participate, but don’t feel obligated to. Just observe if that is your choice.

You will be asked to fill out a visitor’s 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.