The church of Christ dates back to the days in which the New Testament was recorded (Romans 16:16), as it was founded upon the Day of Pentecost, A.D. 33 (Acts 2). Centuries later in America the first churches of Christ were established based on a movement whose sole purpose was to go back to the Bible for all religious authority.
The church of Christ strives to return to the New Testament, which is God's covenant with man through the blood of Jesus Christ (Heb 8:13; 1 Peter 1:18-19), for all authority of faith and religious service to the Almighty God (2 Tim 3:17; 2 Peter 2:3). This guiding authority is what our worship services are based upon as we are commanded to sing (Eph 5:19; Col 3:16), pray (Eph 6:18), study (2 Tim 2:15), preach (2 Tim 4:2), give as we are prospered (1 Cor 16:2), and observe the Lord's Supper each week (Acts 20:7). We believe that our lives are to be Bible-based and Christ-centered as we serve Jehovah God in all aspects of life.
We are not a group of perfect people, we all make our share of mistakes, but we also know that God has called all mankind to live righteously and godly in this present world (Rom 12:1-2; Titus 2:12). We have found the one Friend that can atone for our mistakes and shortcomings, and that Friend is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Heb 5:9).
Brookland, AR Congregation History
The church of Christ at Brookland, Arkansas first met in May of 1953 with 20 people in a one room block building. J. B. Hamilton preached the first sermon and Owen Evans lead singing. Roy Moore was the church treasurer. A large room as added in 1958. In 1967 the room was made larger and classrooms were added. Later a baptistry was added and the first room was turned into additional classrooms. The first full time minister was Bud Littles.
In 1977, six acres across from Pine Log Road in Brookland, Arkansas was purchased for the construction of a new, larger building. It was completed in April of 1978 and the first service at the current location was held on April 19, 1978 with 212 worshippers present. The fellowship building was later constructed in 1993.
Paul wrote in Colossians 3:17, "Whatsoever ye do, in word or deed, do all in the name of Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him". To do a thing "in the name of Christ" means to do it by His authority (see Acts 2:38; I Cor. 1:10). Whatever we do during worship must be authorized by Christ. Jesus said, "God is a spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). The word "must" is an obligatory word; that is, if worship is to be acceptable to God, it has to be exactly as He prescribes. To worship Him "in spirit" means that our worship must be sincere (from the heart). To worship God "in truth" means that our worship must be according to the way He directs in His word for His word is truth (John 17:17).
The Brookland Congregation Worship Consists Of The Following:
SINGING: Our singing is "a cappella", or singing without the use of mechanical instruments. The New Testament does not authorize instrumental music; therefore, we do not use it. Paul writes, "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord" (Eph. 5:19). Note that the melody is to be made "in your heart."
PRAYER: They "continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine, and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers" (Acts 2:42).
PREACHING: During the worship a sermon from God's Word is presented to the congregation by a preacher or minister. This allows every person in attendance to learn what the Bible teaches and for everyone to be edified and encouraged to live a faithful life to God. Again, the early Christians "continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine..." (Acts 2:42).
OBSERVANCE OF THE LORD'S SUPPER: Held at the beginning of each Sunday morning and Sunday evening worship service. Self contained unleavened bread and fruit of the vine containers are available in the foyer for your convenience and safety. The bread and the fruit of the vine symbolize the body and blood of the Lord as He was crucified (I Cor. 11:23-25). This memorial supper is observed each first day of the week in keeping with apostles example: "Upon the first day of the week when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them ready to depart on the morrow and continued his speech until midnight" (Acts 20:7).
GIVING: Containers are available at the back of the main auditorium on each side so that offerings can be made at any time. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 16:2, "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store as God hath prospered him that there be no gatherings when I come". So each Sunday Christians give back to the Lord as they have prospered. The offering is used to do the work of the church, including evangelism, edification, and benevolence.
God's Plan of Salvation for Mankind
Hear God’s word: Mark 12:29, Acts 2:22
Believe God's word: John 20:31, Romans 10:9-10
Repent of our sins: Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38
Confess that Jesus is the son of God: Acts 8:37, Matthew 10:32
Be Baptized for the remission of our sins: Acts 2:38, Mark 16:15-16
Live Godly: 2 Peter 1:5-11