Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good works,
not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is,
but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25, World English Bible
When prayers are led, you are encouraged to think the words and thoughts in your own mind. Let the words of the leader become your words as we all praise God and ask for his blessings. Many of those who agree with the words of the prayer will audibly say, "Amen," after the conclusion of the prayer.
We have congregational singing - everyone singing together. All are encouraged to participate so that we can follow the instructions of the Lord in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 of teaching and admonishing one another through song. Our emphasis is on praising God with "the fruit of our lips" (words; Hebrews 13:15) and "making melody in our hearts" (Ephesians 5:19). SInce lips and hearts are the only instruments mentioned for New Testament music, we do not use musical instruments to accompany our singing.
One of the central parts of our worship each week is the Lord’s Supper. We partake of this communion service every Sunday because it is an avenue of worship provided by God that enables us to reflect on the meaning of Christ’s death just as the early church did (Acts 20:7). This is commanded by God (Matthew 26:26-28, First Corinthians 11:23-26) but should be practiced not as a duty, but as a loving remembrance and faith building response to God's gracious gift.
When the contribution is taken our guests are not expected to give. Any gift you do contribute would be gladly accepted and used in God's work, but you should also remember to give to your home congregation. Brentwood Church of Christ members are asked and expected to contribute to support the Lord’s work here. The amount contributed is entirely up to the individual making the contribution.
During the sermon a message will be shared from Scripture. It is important for us to study God’s word and learn His message for our lives today. We want our lives and our worship to bring glory to God.
At the end of the sermon an invitation will be extended. The preacher will be expressing Jesus’ invitation for you to accept the offer of salvation. You might realize a need to be baptized or perhaps you have already been baptized but have not lived a changed life. This time of invitation is for the purpose of allowing someone to ask for help in either of these areas. If someone does request baptism, upon their statement of belief we will immediately perform the baptism. If one who has already been baptized is confessing the need for a changed life, we will pray for God’s forgiveness, guidance and strength to renew their place with him (as is taught in Acts 8:22-24) and pledge our assistance in encouraging that person.
If you witness a baptism at our building, it will be by immersion in water, for the forgiveness of sins. This follows the teaching of the first century church. When a person is baptized, their sins are forgiven and they are added to the Lord‘s Body (for more information regarding the role of baptism as an expression of faith, please click this link: Salvation).
This is intended to be a brief introduction to our worship practices for those unfamiliar with churches of Christ. It should not be considered a doctrinal or creedal statement. Nor should it be considered exhaustive. It is our desire for our worship practices to agree with scripture.