When you visit us, you should expect to find nothing more or less than what you read in the New Testament regarding the church. Your expectations of the church meeting in Wichita Falls Texas will be met since such expectations are based on Bible facts regarding the church. Most assuredly your expectations of us are that we follow the instructions of God’s word. We trust that you will find nothing but Biblical standards being held in the highest esteem in areas of the name, reputation, acts, work, organization, worship and discipline in the church.
You can expect to find the Lord’s church in Wichita Falls to wear a scriptural name:
Some believe that the name of the church is not important. Jesus had somewhat to say about this. He purchased the church with His own blood (Acts 20:28). Jesus is the head (Eph. 5:23), body (Eph. 1:22-23) and foundation (Eph. 2:20). The church belonging to Jesus is therefore called the church of Christ or of God (cf. Acts 20:28; I Cor. 1:2; 10:32; 11:22; 15:9; II Cor. 1:1; Gal. 1:13; I Tim. 3:5; Rom. 16:16).
You can expect to find the Lord’s church in Wichita Falls is in good standing:
The apostle Paul spoke of the reputation of the Roman brethren saying, “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is proclaimed throughout the whole world” (Rom. 1:8). Again Paul said, “For your obedience is come abroad unto all men” (Rom. 16:19). When a church is in good standing with God it is in good standing with brethren.
This local church will in no way accept into our fellowship anyone who is not in good standing with the Lord that we may not sin (Eph. 5:26-27). When the brethren in Ephesus sent Apollos to Achaia, they sent a letter with him so that the brethren in Achaia would “receive” him into their fellowship (Acts 18:24-28). This is an example of the importance of brethren fellowshipping each other in truth.
You can expect to find the Lord’s church in Wichita Falls doing all things “in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17):
Since the Bible teaches that Jesus has all authority (Matt. 28:18), you can expect to find the church here doing nothing more and nothing less than the instructions of Jesus. Jesus took the words of the Father (Jn. 7:16-17) and passed them on to the apostles (Jn. 16:14). The apostles and prophets took these teachings and revealed them to us in the New Testament scriptures (cf. Eph. 3:1-5).
A close examination of the scriptures will reveal that Jesus and the apostles preached by direct commands, examples, inference and silence. Jesus illustrated the importance of following direct commands when being tempted of the Devil (Matt. 4:4-10). The apostle Paul tells us the importance of following the example of the apostles in Philippians 4:9. God depends upon man’s reasoning abilities to understand the scriptures (cf. Isa. 1:18). God therefore gets his commands across through inference as well (cf. Matt. 3:16 regarding the baptism of Jesus; the passage infers a submerging in water!). The silence of the scriptures are to be respected as taught in Hebrews 7:11ff. The New Testament is a law and must be treated as such (Isa. 2:3; Jer. 31:31; Matt. 7:23; Romans 3:27, 8:2; Galatians 6:2; I Corinthians 9:22; Heb. 8:10; James 1:25; 2:12; I Jn. 3:4).
You can expect to find the Lord’s church in Wichita Falls to be performing works authorized by the scriptures:
You will find the church busy promoting the spiritual growth of its own members (edification) (Eph. 4:12-16). We generally have two gospel meetings per year and various classes to instruct each member. The elders have oversight of the ladies only Bible study every Thursday evening through the spring. We currently have a “New Converts” class set for June that they will exercise the oversight of as well.
Secondly, you will find the church busy in the area of evangelizing the community (Acts 13:1-5; I Cor. 9:1-14; Eph. 3:10; Phil. 4:15). During the year 2002 we knocked on over 500 doors and passed out a multitude of flyers. We wrote regular articles in the local newspaper and invited many to attend our gospel meetings going door to door with flyers.
Thirdly, the church at Floral Heights stands ready and willing by the authority of God to help any of its own needy saints and other saints abroad as we have the opportunity. This need may come in the form of financial aid (Acts 11:27ff; I Tim. 5:1ff) or spiritual aid of burdens (Rev. 2:24).
You can expect to find the Lord’s church in Wichita Falls to be organized according to God’s standards:
You will not find this church to be a part of any type of national organization or denominational body. The New Testament church was organized locally only, and so must we be (cf. I Cor. 1:2; Phil. 1:1). The church of Christ in Wichita Falls has two elders (Tom Witherspoon and Mike Chancellor) who meet the qualifications set forth in I Tim. 3:1-8; Titus 1:5-9.
You can expect to find the Lord’s church in Wichita Falls to be worshipping the Lord in the spirit of truth (Jn. 4:23):
The New Testament church reveals five acts of worship. You may expect to find the church of Christ in Wichita Falls Texas performing these acts of worship every first day of the week. These acts are: singing (Eph. 5:19); praying (I Tim. 2:8), preaching (Acts 7:20ff), partaking of the Lord’s Supper (I Cor. 11:23) and giving of our means as we have been prospered (I Cor. 16:1-2)
You can expect to find the Lord’s church in Wichita Falls exercising longsuffering patience with members who have erred but not forbearing with their sin with indifference:
Recognizing that sin separates man from God (Isa. 59:1-2; I Jn. 1:5ff), the elders at the Floral Heights church of Christ are patient and longsuffering with the erring. There comes a time, however, when that patience and longsuffering must end (cf. I Thess. 5:14 and II Thess. 3:6). The brethren in Corinth were guilty as such and were not pleasing to the Lord (I Cor. 5:1ff). The apostle John reveals the mind of God against those who would tolerate sin among the body of saints in Revelation 2:20.
You may expect to see the above things at this church when visiting. If you find something that we are doing that is not in accordance with God’s word you would be our friend to point this out to us. Please know that it is our desire to perform only acts authorized in the scriptures and to preach the truth in a spirit of love (Eph. 4:15). These things are done in faith as we desire and expect (hope) to be in heaven one day with the Father (Rev. 21-22:5). Please do come and worship with us as you have the opportunity.