What We Believe / Mission
What We Believe
That God is the creator and ruler of the universe and all that is in it and that he exists in three different personalities, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the son of God who was sent to earth to save us from our sins. He was crucified, arose from the dead and ascended to Heaven with the promise of a return. Salvation comes from our faith in Jesus Christ thru baptism.
We believe in baptism, at the age of accountability and after your confession that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, wherein we baptize you for the remission of your sins and salvation. Mark 16:16 - He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.
The Bible is the inspired word of God and the final authority in life and doctrine and that it was written by the Apostles under the guidance under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Members of churches of Christ believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and should be our only source of religious direction.
Though God has made Himself known to us in nature, it is only through a study of His written Word, the Bible, that we can discover what His will is for our lives (Psalm 19:1; II Timothy 3:16-17).
The Bible teaches us that God granted to Jesus Christ complete authority in all religious matters after He was raised from the dead (Matthew 28:18). Jesus placed that authority into His spoken Word, which will judge us in the end (John 12:48; Revelation 20:12-13). He passed that Word along to the apostles by the Holy Spirit (John 17:8; 14:25-26). They wrote it down, preserving it for us in the New Testament (Ephesians 3:3-5; I Peter 1:23).
A Cappella Singing
ONE of the unique features of the churches of Christ is our A Cappella singing. This is simply singing without the accompaniment of musical instruments in our worship assemblies. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the singing as we praise God and Christ. As we sing, we want our spirits to commune with God through His Spirit. We pray that you will find the music both beautiful and meaningful.
The Lord's Supper
ANOTHER uniqueness is that each Sunday we remember Jesus' sacrifice and celebrate our resulting freedom from sin by participating together in the Lord's Supper, or Communion. During this memorial, plates containing unleavened bread pass throughout the congregation.
This bread represents the "body of Christ" which the Apostle Paul teaches corresponds to the church. Participants will break off a piece of bread, eat it, and meditate upon their relationship with the church for which Jesus sacrifice Himself.
Next, trays filled with individual cups are distributed. These cups contain grape juice that represent "the new convenant in Jesus' blood." Each participant drinks the contents of one cup, replaces the cup in the tray, and remembers the promise they made with God during their immersion for their sins' forgiveness. The Lord's Supper is offered to baptized believers each Sunday as Jesus commanded.
Prayer and Scripture Reading
THROUGH prayer and reading the Bible, we talk to and listen to God. During worship, selected men will lead us in these activities. Most worshipers participate by simply bowing their heads during the prayer, however, you are welcome to assume whatever submissive posture you are comfortable with in prayer. You are encouraged to follow the Bible readings in your own Bible or one of the Bibles provided in the pews.
EACH Sunday, plates are passed to collect the weekly tithe of our members, which support the many ministries here at our church. We do not expect our guests to contribute. If they choose to contribute, we gratefully accept their gift. However, the work of this congregation is the responsibility of its members.
WE have an exhortation that helps to focus on building a stronger spiritual life. Most Sundays our minister, Mark Seim, delivers the sermon.
Songs of Meditation / Commitment
AT the conclusion of the sermon, we sing a song to allow for each of us to think about our relationship with God and the many ways He enriches our lives. People are invited to respond by coming to the front of the Auditorium for immersion for the forgiveness of their sins, prayer, or to indicate a desire to become a member of our church family. We understand that Christ's invitation is open every day, every hour. Any time is the appropriate time for prayer or baptism.
If you wish further explanation about our worship or any aspect of Christian life, we would welcome an opportunity to study the Bible and share Christ with you. Ask any member to introduce you to the minister or congregational leaders.
Or you may call the church office at (609) 646-1181. Our address is 2535 Shore Road, Northfield, New Jersey 08225, USA.
To Worship God
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." Matthew 22:37
To Serve Those Around Us
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:39
To Love Our Christian Family
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13: 34-35
To Share Our Faith
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…" Matthew 28:19
To Mature The Church
"… teaching them to observe all that I commanded you." Matthew 28:30