"What Is The Southside church of Christ?"
Perhaps we should ask "who" we are as well as "what" we are, for the church is people.
Acts 8:1 refers to "persecution against the church...at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered
abroad." Likewise, we are the church that meets at 2920 New Hartford road in Owensboro, KY
(i.e., the "south side" of town).
The word "church" means the "called out ones." The church is composed of those who have
been "called out" of this world by the gospel unto Christ (II Thess. 2:14). The gospel tells of sin and
of its wages of eternal death (Rom. 6:23). It tells of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection (I Cor.
15:1-4). It urges all to receive forgiveness of sins. When one obeys the gospel, when he heeds its call,
he is then "called out of darkness into his marvellous light" (I Pet. 2:9). So, the church is made up
of those who have obeyed the gospel, who have been "called out" of sin unto salvation.
In the New Testament, we read of "the churches of Christ" (Rom. 16:16). This is a reference
to the various congregations or churches in different localities. "The church of God...at Corinth,"
and "the church...at Jerusalem" (I Cor. 1:2; Acts 8:1) are two congregations: two local churches.
We are the church which meets on New Hartford road in Owensboro, KY. We endeavor to work and
worship in the same way as did the "churches of Christ" in the New Testament.
WHAT WE ARE NOT:
1. WE ARE NOT A DENOMINATION: We are not associated nor affiliated with
denominationalism. Denominations such as are common in America are not mentioned in the Bible.
"The churches of Christ" are (Rom. 16:16).
2. WE ARE NEITHER CATHOLIC NOR PROTESTANT: We are not a Catholic
church. We honor and revere no man or human authority such as the Pope (Matt. 28:18). We are not
a "Protestant" church in the popular sense. We "protest" against sin, false doctrine, ungodliness, and
immorality, but we are not allied nor identified with Protestant denominationalism. Catholics and
Protestants are not referred to in the Scriptures. Christians are (Acts 11:26).
3. WE ARE NOT A SOCIAL CLUB: The church was purchased with the blood of Christ
(Acts 20:28). The Son of God did not die for a social organization, but for a "spiritual house" (I
Pet. 2:5). We are not a glorified social center in competition with country clubs and the YMCA. We
are the church. We worship God "in spirit and in truth" (Jn. 4:24). Not in fun, food, and frolic.
WHAT WE ARE:
1. THE SAVED: The church is the saved (Eph. 5:23). The church is not the Savior. Jesus
is. But the church is the body of Christ. All who believe and are baptized are saved (Mk. 16:16), that
is, they are "added to the church" by the Lord (Acts 2:38, 41, 47). The church in Samaria consisted
of the saved, those who had believed and been baptized after hearing an evangelist "preach Christ"
(Acts 8:5, 12, 9:31).
The Southside church of Christ which meets on New Hartford road in Owensboro, KY are
those who have obeyed the same gospel. Are we not, therefore, members of the same church?
2. SUBJECT TO CHRIST: Jesus is "the head over all things to the church" (Eph. 1:22-23). We have no synods or conventions to guide us. We are not a part of any amalgamation or
association of churches. We are subject only to the authority of Christ (Jas. 4:12).
The Southside church of Christ which meets on New Hartford road in Owensboro, KY is a
group of Christians drawn together by faith in Christ. We are neither Catholic nor Protestant. We are
simply men and women who have been saved from sin by grace through faith, that is, in obedience
to the gospel (Eph. 2:8-9; Heb. 5:8-9).
Our worship is simple because it is based on the New Testament. Prayers are led by men of
the church and congregational singing allows each to make melody in his heart unto God (Eph. 5:19).
Observance of the Lord's Supper "upon the first day of the week" shows the Lord's death until He
comes again (Acts 20:7; I Cor. 11:26). No solicitation for money is made. We engage in no church
socials or recreational affairs to entertain nor to raise funds. Christians contribute only upon the first
day of the week (I Cor. 16:1-2).
We are an independent congregation with no earthly headquarters of any kind. Christ is the
head of the church, and He rules and directs the church through His word (Col. 1:18; II Tim. 3:16-17). Our allegiance to the Lordship of Christ moves us to endeavor to reproduce faithfully the church
described in the New Testament. We do not follow any human creed. The Bible is our only guide
(I Cor. 4:6; I Pet. 4:11).
Now that you know who we are and what we are, please worship and study the Bible with
us. A warm, sincere welcome awaits you. Feel free to call upon us if you have any further questions
about us or about what the Bible teaches.
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon! Please write or call us with your
Bible comments or Bible questions.
Write: 2920 New Hartford Rd. Owensboro, KY 42303
Email: Jarrod Jacobs
Call: (270) 683-5386
This site has a map with directions to our building and a schedule of worship times.