The Kings Ridge church has been blessed with both the ability and the opportunity to support the preaching of the gospel here in the United States and in other countries. In the New Testament, we find that churches were vitally interested in spreading the good news of the gospel to other places. From the church in Thessalonica, the word of the Lord was “sounded forth…in every place” (1 Thess 1:8) and the church in Philippi supported Paul in his efforts to preach the gospel (Phil 4:14-16). We share that interest in helping those who are spreading the message of the gospel.
At present, we are supporting eight men who are bringing souls to Christ in other places. Please join us in praying for these evangelists as they labor for the Lord in very challenging circumstances.
“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace; who bring glad tidings of good things!’” (Romans 10:14-15)
“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace; who bring glad tidings of good things!’” - (Romans 10:14-15)
Believe it or not, all churches are not the same. If your idea has been that "a church is a church is a church" then you need to investigate more closely. Some churches are different in their organizational arrangement. Some churches are different in their goals and purposes for existence. Some churches are different in their doctrines and traditions which they practice.
Perhaps you are looking for a church which is striving to be like the one you read about in the New Testament - nothing more nor less than just a church. That is what we are trying to be - simply a group of Christians banded together who follow no creed but the Bible and who sincerely strive to speak where the Bible speaks and to be silent where the Bible is silent. "If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God" (1 Peter 4:11).
It is true that our building does not have a kitchen, banquet hall, or gymnasium. This church sponsors no ball teams, concerts, or secular activities. Wholesome social and secular activities are important in the life of a Christian, but God made a distinction between the responsibilities of the home and the church. "What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God and shame them that have not?" (1 Cor. 11:22,34). You see, we specialize in being a church, and we encourage parents to specialize in building good homes. Parents should provide the secular and recreational needs of their family just like they supervise the economic and political needs.
We do wish to draw all men to the Lord, and we seek to hold our young people. But we make no pretense of being something other than what Christ ordained a church to be. Jesus purchased the church by His own blood, and it was thereby established for spiritual purposes (cf. Eph. 5:25-27;1 Pet. 2:5). The gospel is God's power to draw men (cf. Rom. 1:16; John 6:44-45), and whether young or old, all who sincerely seek to please God will be held by good spiritual food.
Is This Possible In The 20th Century? Yes, since seed always reproduces after its own kind, the church can exist today just like the one of the first century. The word of God is the spiritual seed (cf. Luke 8:11; 1 Pet. 1:23), and when it is obeyed without addition or subtraction then the characteristics of New Testament Christianity will be reproduced. That is why we make the appeal, "if we are doing something for which we have no authority, show us by the Bible and we will stop doing it; or if you show us something in the Bible that we are not practicing we will start doing it." Other churches will not say that! This attitude toward Bible authority is what makes us unique in the religious world today. We believe it makes a difference with God what we do because Jesus said, "Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 7:21).
What Is Our Organizational Structure? What Is Our Organizational Structure? Other local congregations just like this one exist throughout the world, but there are no headquarters on earth. Each local church is independent and self-governing. Christ is our only head (Eph. 1:22-23), and the Bible is our only creed (Gal. 1:6-8; 2 John 1:9). Within the framework of each congregation men are appointed to serve as "elders" (I Tim. 3; Titus 1). They are also called "pastors" and "bishops". Their authority is only to teach and administer the word of Christ, and their allegiance is solely to Him. The church at this place is free from inter-congregational ties or any kind of centralized oversight from without. Neither do our elders oversee the work of another congregation nor any "brotherhood work". They oversee only the work of the flock of God "among them" (1 Peter 5:2; Acts 20:28). We do cooperate in assisting sister congregations when they have need, but we do so in a manner that respects the autonomy of each local church (2 Cor. 8:9).
What Is Our Goal Or Purpose For Existence? We are motivated by a sincere love for God to worship and serve Him. You will find that in our assemblies we emphasize the reading and studying of God's word, the Bible. Our primary mission is to preach the good news of salvation by grace through faith. If God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, then the least we can do is to make known this love to our fellow man by bringing lost souls to the Christ and by encouraging one another to live faithfully unto death. Our purpose for existence is therefore spiritual in nature. "Ye also as lively stones are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 2:5). Being a spiritual house, we meet to worship God just as Christians did in the New Testament days. We are careful to do as they did, namely to sing and pray; and on the first day of the week we partake of the Lord's supper and give as God has prospered us (cf. Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 14:15; 1 Cor. 16:2). We try to be equally careful not to add anything to our worship that He has not authorized lest we worship in "vain" (Matt. 15:7-9).
How Can One Become A Member Of This Church? Become just a Christian! When one is saved, he is added by the Lord to the church. "And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved" (Acts 2:47). Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:16). Sinners were told, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38). Therefore we accept into our fellowship all who willingly confess their belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and will repent and be baptized (immersed) for the forgiveness of their sins. Obeying these commandments makes a person just a Christian. We wear no other name than Christ's and seek to be no other kind of church than the one described in the New Testament. Wouldn't you like to be just a Christian?
Are There Differences Between Churches Of Christ?
Yes, divisions have occurred just like they did among some of the churches in the first century (cf. 1 Cor. 1:10-13; Gal. 1:6-7). We are saddened by this division just as God must be (1 Cor. 14:33), and we continue to work that the unity for which Jesus prayed may exist (cf. John 17:20-23). However, the Bible predicted that some would "depart from the faith" (1 Tim. 4:1) and would "not endure sound doctrine" (2 Tim. 4:2-4).
Different attitudes toward Bible authority is the basic cause for all religious division. "Let us speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent" is to some only a slogan and not a commitment. When people cease demanding Bible authority for all that they do religiously, they will soon depart from the faith and will adopt ways that please themselves (cf. 2 John 1:9; Matt. 7:21-23; Matt. 15:7-9).
1. Some "churches of Christ" play an instrument of music in their worship. We reject instrumental music because the Bible is silent about any use of them when Christians worshipped. Singing is the only kind of music authorized by the New Testament (cf. Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16).
2. We are also different from some churches which make a plea for "grace" and "unity" but who in reality seek compromise. Many of the words they use sound Biblical, but the message they preach is non-distinctive. "Union" - not "unity" - is the result of this spirit of open fellowship of all kinds of different doctrines. Unity must be based on doing God's will in God's way, not just on pleasing the majority (cf. Eph. 4:3-7; Luke 6:46). Christians must be of "one mind" striving for "the faith of the gospel" (Phil. 1:27; 1 Cor. 1:10).
3. This church is also different from some who talk about "total commitment" but who in their zeal to bring sinners to the "crossroads" of decision have persuaded newcomers to be committed to "prayer partners" more than to Jesus Christ. We repudiate this system whereby the "partners" gain control over new converts by insisting that they confess everything to them and then with cultish fervor motivate adherents to follow their advice. This kind of "total commitment" is perpetrated by a feeling of guilt rather than by the joy of forgiveness (Gal. 2:20).
4. Likewise we reject the practice found only among modern churches of promoting and subsidizing human institutions to do a good work in the name of the church (e.g., colleges, hospitals, benevolent institutions). Some have shifted the work of the church to a different "who" and have relegated the church to the role of being fund raisers to subsidize these self-governed institutions. While charitable and educational businesses may do much good, they are an unscriptural addition to God's arrangement when they become an extension to the Lord's church. God designed the church and made it sufficient to accomplish its own work in evangelism, edification, and benevolence (cf. Acts 6:1-7; 1 Peter 5:2-3).
What must one do since there are these differences? No headquarters exist on earth to tell us where to work and worship as a Christian. Nor is there an official council to enforce its creed or withdraw from and expel a congregation. Therefore individual Christians need foremost to search the scriptures for themselves to learn God's pattern for the Lord's church (1 John 4:1). Then they need to search until they find a church whose leadership is committed to following a "thus saith the Lord."
We sincerely believe this church is just like the one you read about in the new Testament - nothing more nor less than just a church purchased by and governed by the Lord Jesus Christ. We invite you to come join with us in living for Christ. If you would like more information, please feel free to inquire.
On several occasions I have been asked, "What does your church believe?" And on more than one occasion I have tried to sit down and summarize what “we” do and why but I always approach such a task with caution. After all, if we are striving to be followers of Jesus, then “our beliefs” are already recorded in His word. Anything less than His complete New Testament is not enough and anything in addition to this is too much (Deut. 4:1-2; Rev 22:18-19). I am also aware of the fact that summaries have a way of emphasizing what is important to the writer. And there is a tendency for this emphasis to become a “creed” with its own following of people loyal to “the issues” addressed in the creed. So while I am not going to attempt to tell you “what we believe” in this short article perhaps I can give you a clearer understanding of the Kings Ridge Church of Christ by describing some of our attitudes.
I think I speak for most, if not all, of our members when I say that the Kings Ridge church holds no allegiance to any religious party. Our loyalty is to Jesus Christ alone. We look to Him and His revealed word for all that we teach and practice. Therefore, we do not rely on any other church or churches, or schools, or councils, or conventions to tell us what we should and should not do.
And we do not enter the fray of religious confusion with another cry of “Join our church!” Our purpose is to encourage our readers to return to simple New Testament Christianity. We are not promoting “our church” because Jesus said the church belongs to Him (Matt. 16:18). We try to encourage people to get into a right relationship with God and allow Him to add them to His church (Acts 2:47). You see, we are convinced that you can be just a Christian and not belong to any denomination!
As a congregation, we strive to pattern our work and worship after what God has revealed in His word because we believe that God has given us all that we need to be His people. (2 Tim. 3:16 17; 2 Pet. 1:3). We are also convinced that each individual member is responsible for what he believes and practices (Rom. 14:5, 12). If we have honest differences (and we do), we continue to study together as brethren, seeking divine truth in every matter. But even while we are studying together, we do not ask anyone to support, promote, or jointly engage in anything that they believe to be contrary to God's will. (see Rom. 14:13 23). Our common search for truth and the respect we show for one another’s consciences keep us together, even when we have differences.
Another attitude which helps us to maintain our unity is the realization that we are not the standard of truth. The Apostle Paul mentioned some in Corinth who were “not wise”-- referring to those who used “themselves” as the standard of right and wrong. Even though we have honest convictions concerning God's will, we understand that we are not infallible. We welcome sincere questions and constructive criticism as we “search the scriptures” to determine what God would have us believe and practice (Acts 17:11). We continue to “study to show ourselves approved unto God” and to “prove all things.” (2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Thess. 5:21)
Although such a short article cannot answer all of your questions concerning our congregation, perhaps it has given you a better idea of what we are striving to do. To put it as simply as we can – we just want to be Christians. We just want to be God’s people doing God’s work in God’s way. Won't you join us in our efforts as we strive to practice simple New Testament Christianity?
If you ask us, “What kind of Christians?” we will answer, “We are just Christians.” We have no creed, fashioned by men, to unite us. There is no governing body or headquarters to which we answer. We are simply Christians.
We wear the name of Christ because it is Christ that we serve. We seek to follow His word, the Bible, as the only authority for our doctrine and practice. The Bible only we have found makes Christians only. So naturally we are not some brand of Christian. We are just Christians.
We are saddened by what has happened in the religious world as a result of the creeds that men have adopted and the councils they have formed. Many of us were once a part of a denomination, the product of religious creeds and councils. But we have left that all behind and decided to get back to the Bible. The creeds that men have written divide people. The councils that men have organized do the same. The Bible however unites people. Surely God who created man and his mind can write a book that men can understand alike. Don’t you think He can? We believe He has done just that in the Bible.
Now you may have heard, like we often have, that “you can prove anything with the Bible.” But before you decide that the idea of understanding the Bible alike is an impossible task, be honest. Have you really read the Bible to know for yourself whether or not we can be united on its contents?
So give us a chance. Sit down and study the Bible with us. We’re just ordinary folks who want to go to heaven. We won’t pressure you. We won’t use any embarrassing tactics. We just want to share with you the good news of what God has done for us and how you too can be just a Christian!
We accept the Bible as the word of God -- “...no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” (2 Pet. 1:20-21). Paul wrote that “every scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16). Therefore, the Bible is not just a good book written by good men as some claim. It is “the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Gal. 1:11-12).
Since “it is not in man who walks to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23), we trust the Bible to provide answers to life’s questions. You will find that every sermon and every Bible class here at Kings Ridge is based on the Bible. We strive to do as the Apostle Peter instructs in 1 Pet. 4:11 -- “If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.”
If you have any questions, we invite you to sit down and study the Bible with us. But don’t be surprised when we turn to a passage in your Bible and let you read the answer for yourself. We are convinced that we can agree about what God says concerning salvation, the church, the family, worship and morality.
No news is more important to all men than the “good news” of Jesus Christ. In his account of the life of Jesus, the Apostle John tells us “these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (Jn. 20:31) Peter, speaking about Jesus, proclaimed in Acts 4:12 “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Jesus Himself declared “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Jn. 14:6)
Paul writes that the gospel, which means good news, is “the power of God to salvation.” (Rom 1:16) It is for that reason that we concentrate our energies on sharing that good news, both here in Lubbock and in other cities and countries throughout the world.
Philip told Nathaniel, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law; and also the prophets, wrote - Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” To Philip this was a marvel worth sharing and so he said, “Come and see.” (Jn. 1:43-46) That God would reveal Himself through His Son Jesus Christ and allow Him to pay the price for our sins is still a marvel to us. If you would like to learn more about God’s will for your life, we ask you to “Come and see!”
At Kings Ridge we provide Bible classes for all ages. On Sunday morning, our classes meet during the hour before our morning worship assembly. On Wednesday evenings our classes are followed by a brief assembly in the auditorium, which will include singing, prayer and a short lesson from the Bible.
Our worship assemblies on the Lord’s Day include the singing of spiritual songs, congregational prayers, the serving of the Lord’s Supper to all Christians, study from God’s word, and a collection for the work of the church at Kings Ridge. Since we consider the collection to be a responsibility of our members, our visitors should feel no obligation to contribute anything other than their attention.
You may also notice the spiritual focus of our services. We assemble as a church to build up the inner man, not to entertain. We don’t offer you a calendar of social activities as we leave hospitality and recreation to the home, not the church. Our services are designed for spiritual edification and enlightenment rather than entertainment. We’re here for the primary purpose of helping men get to heaven. If we can help you and your family in that endeavor, we would welcome the opportunity to visit with you.
We count it a privilege when we have the opportunity to become better acquainted with folks who make time for the Lord in their lives. Each and every day many things compete for our thoughts, our time and our energy. And each and every day the God of Heaven blesses us in so many ways!
Why do we study the Bible? The answer is really very simple. Jesus stated in Matthew 7:21 that those who will enter the kingdom of Heaven are those “who do the will of the Father.”
We are a group of Christians who are genuinely seeking to learn all that God wants us to know! It is our goal to let the Word of God alone direct our lives and worship.