Who are you?
We are an assembly of Christians trying to learn more about God, His will for our lives, and how we can serve the needs of our community, the world, and each other. The Bible teaches us Jesus Christ is the head and founder of the Church because He paid for it with His life! As a congregation of the Lord’s Church, we make every effort to study the pattern set up in the New Testament for our worship, leadership structure, and daily behavior. Most importantly, we follow the New Testament teachings about bringing the lost to salvation in Jesus Christ through discipleship and baptism for the forgiveness of sin.
WHY DO YOU FOLLOW THE BIBLE SO CLOSELY?
We follow the Bible closely because we believe it is the Word of God provided to us by ancient authors God inspired through His Holy Spirit. We believe the testimony of the biblical witnesses we read in passages such as 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21. Searching and studying the Bible is emphasized by Scripture itself and expected of Christians, as we see in 1 Corinthians 3:1–2; Hebrews 5:11–14; 1 Peter 2:2. Like the Bereans in Acts 17:11, we want to search the Word of God to make sure what we say and do lines up with God’s teachings. There is no need for men to add their own practices and doctrines to what the Bible says. Because our elders recognize the importance of Bible study, our congregation has classes on Sunday morning and Wednesday night for adults, youth, and children. There is a place for you to fit in and study the Bible with us, no matter your age or life situation.
WHAT ABOUT GOD AND JESUS?
We believe there is only one God, the creator of the universe and life itself, just as the Bible describes. Both the Old and New Testaments are valuable for showing us God’s nature, how He relates to His people, and what He expects of those who want to please Him. We also believe in God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and that Jesus was sent here in the flesh in accordance with God’s prophesized plan to bridge the gap created between God and man when Adam and Eve sinned. The Bible’s teachings about Jesus’ miraculous birth, His earthly ministry, His death on the cross for our sins, and His glorious resurrection provide us hope in a world of despair.
HOW DO I GET TO HEAVEN?
On the night before His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus taught the disciples He was “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” and “no man comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:1-7). Only by being in Christ through baptism can we enter the place of rest He is preparing for us! The direct commands of Jesus in Matthew 28:19 and Mark 16:16, the beginning of the Church in Acts 2:27–39 (as well as the other examples of conversions in Acts), and the teachings of Romans 6:1–11; 1 Corinthians 1:13–14; 12:13; Galatians 3:27 show the New Testament pattern of salvation is water baptism for the forgiveness of sin. Before a person is baptized, they need to hear and understand the Gospel, repent and turn away from life of sin, and confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. This pattern is also seen in the biblical examples and teachings from the early Church (Matthew 10:32–33; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 8:37; 17:30–31; 26:20; Romans 10:9; 1 John 4:3).
WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHEN YOU SAY “THE CHURCH”?
The New Testament teaches the Church is the spiritual Body of Christ. A person becomes part of the Church when they are baptized (Acts 2:47; Romans 6:5). It shows a pattern of individual congregations led by elders with qualifications spelled out by God in 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:5–9. The Mt. Juliet congregation is independent and not part of a larger group of churches. The ministries of our congregation are led by deacons, men who meet the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:8–13. Christians are taught throughout the New Testament to love, encourage, and support one another, show compassion to those in need, to study God’s Word, and to spread the Gospel to a lost and suffering world.
WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN TODAY?
The world we live in is becoming more and more accepting of sin and behavior condemned by God in His Bible. The Mt. Juliet congregation and its leadership work hard to remain true to God’s teachings despite the direction of popular culture and religion. It is challenging to be different from our culture when it comes to issues such as sexuality, marriage, and the sanctity of life, but we choose to obey God rather than accept sin. Jesus told His followers the world would hate them because it hated Him first (John 15:18–19). However, because of God’s love for people, Jesus died to save the world (John 3:16). Therefore, we intend to share the Good News and show love no matter how the world treats us. Our mission is to show people the hope we have because of Jesus Christ, and when they ask us why, we tell them with meekness and gentleness (1 Peter 3:13–17).
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN THE WORSHIP SERVICE?
Our worship services involve many aspects including public prayer, acapella singing, giving by members, communion, and a lesson. If you would like to know more about our worship practices, please visit our Experience Mt. Juliet page.
Our Prayer for You
We pray you will give us the opportunity to get to know you, your needs, and help you find out what God’s plan is for your life. God, by his grace, sent Jesus to pay the price for our sin and allow restoration of a relationship broken by sin. If you need to take advantage of this free and special gift, we would love to study with you and assist you in starting a new life of freedom in Christ.