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Frequently-Asked Questions

How big is your church?
We usually have around 150-180 people on Sundays. We have lots of families with kids from infants through high-schoolers.

 

How many elders and deacons do you have?
We are blessed to have four elders and seven deacons.

 

Do I have to dress up for church?
We gather together for the very special purpose of worshiping the Almighty God. As a result, we are honored to worship Him and strive to do so with reverence and awe. It makes sense that this attitude would reveal itself in how we dress. However, what we wear is not what God is focused on—a poor man in rags can worship God just as well as a rich man in a suit.

We encourage people to dress respectfully since we are I the presence of the God of the universe, but there is no dress code. Sometimes we have members who come straight from work and we are just happy that they have come: We aren’t judging them for how they look. We’ll do the same for you. We’d much rather you join us than not join us for fear that you aren’t dressed appropriately.

 

Why don't you use musical instruments in your services?
We get asked this a lot. It’s one of the first things people notice when they visit us. The simple answer is: Our goal is to worship God the way that He has told us to in the New Testament, and since we are commanded to sing to one another (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16) but we do not find where we are told to use instrumental music in our worship, we don’t have them.

We know that many people don’t like to sing much and don’t think they are very good at it. The good news is that our focus isn’t on how we sound, but on the praise we offer from our hearts. You don’t have to be a great singer to participate with us. And if you are visiting, no one will look at you oddly if you don’t sing along with us.

 

Do you have “kids' church”?
We love kids! On Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, we have Bible classes for kids from 2 years old up to high-school aged (we have a study for adults too). It is important to us to help children learn about God.

When class is over on Sundays, the kids join the grown-ups in our worship assembly. We want them to be present and see their parents worshiping God, and we believe that even when they are young, they can already understand many of the things of God that we are talking about. 

We do have a room near the auditorium where parents can take a child who is struggling in the worship assembly. This nursery room has a live feed to the auditorium so that parents don’t have to miss out on the service.

 

Does your church believe in salvation by works or by grace?
How are we saved? Can there be any more important question for us to ask? We don’t think so.

The Bible clearly teaches that we are saved by grace (Eph. 2:5,8; II Tim. 1:9). On the other hand, the Bible just as clearly teaches that there are some things we must do to be saved. For example, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Rom. 10:9-10). While we must believe and confess, that does not change the fact that we are saved by grace. The apostles also told the first mass group of believers: “Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38). We must also repent and be baptized to have our sins forgiven (i.e. – be saved).

Since the Bible teaches that there are things we must do to be saved, some people accuse us of teaching a works-based salvation. But the Bible clearly teaches that only Jesus can save us and no amount of good deeds will ever take away our sins. We rely on grace! And if God tells us that we must do something in order to receive his grace in Jesus Christ, then we will do it. We are saved by grace, and there are some things we must do to receive that grace.

We know that this is a less common way to teach what the Bible says, so you may have some questions about it. If so, let’s discuss this further. Feel free to reach out through the contact page of the site, and we will try to find a mutually beneficial way to open the Bible together to see what God says about all of this. What a wonderful subject to study!