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CONCORD ROAD CHURCH OF CHRIST

ELDERS’ STATEMENT TO THE CONGREGATION

INTRODUCTION

We wish to share with the congregation some things on our minds. When we were asked to serve as elders, we each pledged to serve and faithfully carry out our responsibilities as an elder of the Concord Road congregation to the very best of our abilities.

We want to be the Lord’s servants who share in His vision for world evangelism and the salvation of souls. We accept the heavy responsibility for leading the unsaved to God’s will, for repeatedly reminding others of what God has told us, and for continuously warning about the dangers of being enticed by what seems right in view of the changes taking place in the world around us. Paul did this continually (Acts 20:31). We are fearful and concerned about the souls of every member of this congregation, including our own. May our Lord help each of us to continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

Good communication begins with our making sure that we clearly articulate our mission, purpose, and source of authority for all our decisions. We ask your help as we focus on our mission.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

We want all who visit the assembly of the Concord Road church of Christ or all who know us personally to feel that in some way, they are seeing Jesus in the lives of the Christians here. Our speech, our dress, the activities we engage in, our attitude, our concern for everyone regardless of their status in life, and our love for each other and for the Lord in all that we do must set us apart from the world if we are to win the world to Christ.

Our only creed is Christ. Our sole source of authority for all that we do is God’s Word, the Bible, to which we are totally committed. On any matter where the Bible speaks, we are firmly committed to its commands, precepts and principles. We are committed to the authority of the scriptures teaching salvation by grace through faith, repentance, and baptism by immersion for the remission of sins. We are committed to the one church that Christ established, the autonomy of the local congregation, and to the New Testament pattern of worship. Each first day of the week the church assembles in worship with a-cappella singing, observance of the Lord’s supper, liberal giving, prayer, and teaching of God’s inspired word. We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within each Christian, but we do not believe He has sustained the miraculous signs such as speaking in tongues as they were practiced in the infancy of Christianity in the first century. We are committed to the perpetuation of an undenominational church where the Bible is our sole authority without the creeds and traditions of men.

Where God has not given a command, we believe we must follow the pattern of the early church as recorded in His Word, and, if no pattern, we feel the liberty to use our best judgment even though it may alter some previous practices. Paul makes clear the use of a pattern in his writings to Timothy: “What you heard from me, keep as a pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 1:13). Paul further states: All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good works.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

The Church, the Body of Christ, the Kingdom of Christ must maintain its identity both in name and in doctrine. Within this context, the congregation must follow the dictates and examples of the New Testament. In doing so, we thus glorify God, build relationships with Jesus, teach daily applied Christianity, stand firm against sin, avoid divisive factions, lead the wayward to salvation, teach Christian doctrine, and in all things show love.

There must be balance in the proclamation of the gospel. By this, we mean we must not place so much of our teaching and preaching on God’s grace and love that we overlook faith, obedience, works, sin and its consequences, and the judgment to come. Neither should we place so much emphasis on obedience or Christian works that we de-emphasize God’s saving grace and love.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. All the elders are available for counseling on Biblical and spiritual matters and view this as an important part of our role as servants. If you wish to discuss something with the elders or with an elder, every effort will be made to meet with you at your most convenient time and place.
  2. We believe it is important to know and to listen to each member of the congregation. We strive to do this by our being together in worship, Bible classes, fellowship and social activities and visits. One of our goals is to visit with and/or meet personally with each of our members.
  3. We want to be open and to listen to the congregation. In part, we strive to achieve this through periodic congregational meetings. We recognize that we have a diverse congregation with members from various backgrounds, social structures, age groups and traditions. There can be diversity of ideas and opinions in the church without division, but we must never compromise truth. We wish to be considerate of every member as we make judgmental decisions in matters of opinion. We urge you also to be considerate and accepting of others so that all can draw closer to God and become more effective servants.
  4. There is wisdom in the plurality of elders because it allows for different viewpoints and ideas. In our eldership, we each have our say, but that doesn’t mean we each have our way, and yet we are not divided. We spend time in Bible study and prayer together. The basis for all our decisions and activities is adherence to God’s Word. If the matter is one of judgment, we seek to do what is in the best interest of the entire congregation. We stand together on all our decisions.
  5. We are deeply committed to see that what is fed to the church is scripturally correct whether taught from the pulpit, in the classroom, or in any other teaching opportunity. This a primary responsibility of the elders (Acts 20:28-31 and Hebrews 13:17). Where there are different ideas on what is doctrinal, we must go to the Bible and with study, with open minds, and with love, work them out. We ask for your prayers, cooperation, and understanding in this area as in all areas of our ministry.
  6. We believe that all God’s Word is important and must be followed, not just direct commands. It is not within man to direct his steps (Jer. 10:23). God’s word gives us numerous examples of things unimportant to men but obviously important to Him, i.e., Moses’ striking the rock, Nadab and Abihu’s offering strange fire, Uzzah’s touching the ark, Naaman’s healing and many more.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, we are committed to the whole duty of man, which is to fear God and keep his commandments (Eccl. 12:13-14). This is our aim and goal for this eldership and for our congregation. With God’s guidance, your prayers, cooperation and support, we will all grow spiritually together as we press on to the goal of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. We ask God’s blessing for each member of the congregation and for each of us as elders as we all seek to serve and glorify Him.

We thank you for your support, understanding, prayers and spirit of cooperation. For this we are truly grateful for we know there must be times that you wish things had been done differently and in some cases not done at all. We realize that in the area of communication, we can always improve and it is our sincere desire to do so.


Elders of the Concord Road Church of Christ

Shawn Everson, Carl Hadge, Rick Scott, Dwayne Stubblefield, Ron Thomas, Buddy Williams