Unity in Christ

Modern Christianity is a divided Christianity.  There are in this country several hundred rival religious groups.  Each has its own denominational name.  Each has a different creed or book of church order.  Each has its own separate organization.  Yet all claim Christ as their King.

Jesus wanted his followers to be united.  In praying to His Father He said, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”  (John 17:20,21)

How can we in the twenty-first century achieve the unity Christ desired?  (1) We must discard all denominational names which divide men religiously, (See 1 Corinthians 1:12,13) and unite under the name of Christ.  (See Acts 11:26;  Romans 16:16).  (2) We must abandon all ecclesiastical authority (popes, councils, synods, presbyteries, conferences, assemblies and associations) and accept only the authority of Jesus Christ.  (3) We must discard all man-made creeds and books of church order and accept Christ as our only creed and the New Testament as the sufficient book of discipline for the church.  Unity in Christ is not to be achieved on the basis of documents written and approved by men, but on the Bible and the Bible alone.

 Claude

The Cemetery

In 1957, when the North Main Street Church of Christ began as a outgrowth of the Jericho church of Christ, it was understood that members of both congregations would be buried in the cemetery at Jericho and that the two congregations would share in the upkeep expense. This worked well until recent years when the cemetery began to be full. Fortunately, members of the Jericho church donated land to the church to be used for a new cemetery.

We have been invited to share in the use and expenses of this new cemetery. The expense for each congregation will be in proportion to the size of each. Therefore, we will be responsible for 1/3 of the expense.

In order to cover the expense, we are giving everyone an opportunity to contribute whatever they can. You may give your check or money to Phil Forrest or one of the other elders. We would like to have this done by February 16 so that work may begin in the spring. Further details will be given at the end of services today.

Claude