What is a local church supposed to be? A local church is a group of faithful Christians, penitent believers who have been baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of sins. This makes them members of the one body or church of Christ (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:38,47; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 1:13,18).
To do God's work in God's way, He wants His people to work and worship together as a spiritual team (Acts 2:42-47). In New Testament times, multitudes of local churches of Christ were planted by the gospel all over the world (Romans 16:16). They were all undenominational and independent of any man-made hierarchy. The guiding ideal of a local church is to "conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel...standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel" (Philippians 1:27). In a dark and dying world, this joint effort centers on "holding forth the word of life" (Philippians 2:16).
So, a local church uses the New Testament as the rule of faith and practice in divinely authorized teaching, worship and work (Colossians 3:17). The church, under scriptural leadership and skilled teachers, is geared to equip you to know and grow in God's Word (Ephesians 4:11-16). In our assemblies, it is our sincere aim to have uplifting worship in singing, prayer, partaking the Lord's Supper every Sunday, giving and listening to God's Word preached (Acts 2:42,47; 20:7-11). This just like the original church we read in the Bible did. This is done to be pleasing to God, as "worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24). Such draws us before the throne of God and revitalizes us (Revelation 4:1-11).
A church should not be a gathering of familiar strangers. This church is a spiritual family striving to provide mutual support of love, warmth and caring. "Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the Day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:24-25). Members of this local church are here to help each other through life's toughest challenges. We strive to show genuine love and involvement in each other's life. This facilitates mutual acts of caring and service. Christians, by working and worshipping together, can help each other become the very best persons the Lord wants us to be. We are ultimately fitted for heaven. There is no limit to the good done by right minded people working together in a local church of Christ, doing the Lord's work in the Lord's way.