Who We Are
Thank you for visiting our website.
The Blyth Road Church of Christ, which meets at 706 Blyth Road, welcomes visitors. You will, at all times, be considered by the congregation to be our honored guest. You may not be familiar with the Church of Christ. If this is the case, please allow us to introduce ourselves. The brethren are a group of baptized believers, over which the Lord Jesus is head (Ephesians 1:21-22). From the Bible we learn God’s Word is complete. It is all man needs for life and Godliness (2 Peter 1:3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Following God’s word only, the brethren reject doctrines and commandments developed and practiced by men (Matthew 15:7-9). Accepting any other authority is to reject Christ (1 Peter 4:11). The brethren are self-governing and are not obligated to any district or national organization.
We co-operate with sister congregations in efforts to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, but at no time do we possess any control over them; nor they of us. Each local congregation is overseen by Elders, who meet biblical qualifications (1Timothy 3: 1-7).
Deacons are to carry out scriptural decisions made by the Elders (1Timothy 3:8-13). The preacher is not a Pastor or Elder, unless he meets the qualifications revealed in the Bible, and is appointed to serve as a member of a local congregation’s Eldership. The preacher is simply a faithful member of the Lord’s church who has dedicated his life to teaching and preaching God’s Word (2 Timothy 1:13; 4:1-2).
What can you expect as a visitor?
The Bible reveals God’s will regarding worshiping Him. Just as the first century church assembled on the first day of the week, the brethren at Blyth Road do likewise. We do not assemble to entertain or be entertained. Following biblical example, Christians are to worship God in decency and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40).
We assemble as a congregation to worship God on Sunday, the first day of the week (Acts 2:42; Acts 20:7). In the assembly, God is worshiped through prayer (Acts 2:42; Acts 20:7), singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, without instruments of music as it was in the first century church (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16), partaking of the Lord’s Supper as taught by the Lord and His apostles, who gave example (Acts 20:7); (1 Corinthians 11:23-29), contributing financially (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:12; 9:6-7), and the preaching and hearing of the word of God (Acts 2:42; & 20:67; Romans 1:16; 1 Timothy 4:1-4). This is the pattern for worship given by the Lord Jesus and His apostles.
Should I desire to become a member of the Church of Christ, what must I do?
First, you must understand that brethren cannot vote you into the Lord’s church. God has His own plan for you and no one can change it. Any person who will repent of sin (Luke 13:3-5), confess Christ as the son of God (Matthew 10:32-33; Acts 9:37), be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38), will be added by Jesus to His church (Acts 2:47). Was it not Jesus who said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16)? As a new creature in Christ, (Romans 6:1-7), you must then be faithful to the end of your life (Revelation 2:10b; Matthew 10:22).
Striving to be Christians only (Acts 11:6; 1 Peter 4:16), we wear no name but Christ’s (Colossians 1:18). Are we a perfect people? No! But by the blood of Christ we have been forgiven (Revelation 1:5b). Even though we make every effort to become more like Christ every day, sadly, from time to time, we let Him down. When we fail to remain faithful to God and Jesus we are grieved, and make every effort to repent (1 John 1:7-9). Failing to repent, we will die in our sins, forfeiting our reward of Heaven (Revelation 2:10b) (Matthew 10:22).
Again, thank you for taking your valuable time to visit this website. Should you visit the Blyth Road Church of Christ you will find worshiping God, as the first century church did, a refreshing experience.
Blyth Road Church of Christ
706 Blyth Road, Victoria,
Times We Meet
Sundays @ 9:00am, 10:00am, 5:00pm