COVID-19 Response

In this unprecendented time of self-isolation, social-distancing, and worry we are very aware of the increased need to pay attention to the conditions of those around us.  Please call if you know of anyone who is genuinely experiencing a lack of basic household items or food.  “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them that are of the household of faith”.  Galatians 6:10


Staying Connected

If you are self-quarantined due to Covid-19, as per the CDC guidelines, please remember: 
Any updates from our elders concerning services for New Antioch will be communicated by:
        – Calling Post phone tree messages
         – Updates by email (so check email daily)
Continue to pray about this crisis Also, while at home, here a few suggestions about things to do you might want to consider.
1. Designate certain times the family can read the Bible together. Encourage kids to take a turn tread aloud too!
2. Parents or grandparents can lead a family devotion time.
3. Parents or grandparents can devise a Bible craft project with their kids. Apologetics Press’ website has lots of media and class material
available online at www.apologeticspress.org.
4. Plan a Christian movie time for the family.
5. Send a note of encouragement to others.
6. Choose a few passages of scripture to memorize.
Bill


Have You Sharpened Your Ax?

Some years ago a young man approached the foreman of a logging crew and asked for a job. “That depends,” replied the foreman. “Let’s see you fell this tree.” The young man stepped forward and skillfully felled a great tree. Impressed, the foreman exclaimed, “Start Monday!” Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday rolled by, and Thursday afternoon the foreman approached the young man and said, “You can pick up your paycheck on the way out today.”  Startled, he replied, “I thought you paid on Friday.”  “Normally we do,” answered the foreman, “but we’re letting you go today because you’ve fallen behind.  Our daily felling charts show that you’ve dropped from first place on Monday to last on Wednesday.”  The young man objected, “But I’m a hard worker. I arrive first, leave last, and even have worked through my coffee breaks!” The foreman, sensing the boy’s integrity thought for a minute and then asked, “Have you been sharpening your ax?”  The young man replied, “I’ve been working too hard to take the time.”
 
How About You? Have you been too busy, too hard at work to sharpen your ax?
► Taking time – to read God’s word, to think on it?
►Taking time – to pray about your concerns and the privilege of praying for others.
►Taking time – to practice in life what you read in scripture?
► Taking time – to refresh soul and spirit for the energy you need?
Bill


Music Playlists

Please enjoy the sampling of music provided by www.GodlyChristianMusic.com

 
 
 
 
 


Restore Our Faith

Our friends at the Midway Church of Christ have taken the lead in producing a wonderful website called Restore Our Faith.  You can access the website by clicking here.  The site contains daily articles by a variety of writers along with podcasts and other resources.  The content is Biblically sound, with the purpose of helping us realize that the scriptures alone contain absolute truth.  Please visit the site.  We are sure you will appreciate the effort that our fellow Christians have put into helping promote the certainty of God’s Word. 


Why Did Jesus Do It?

Why Did Jesus Do It?
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. (Luke 4:16)
Why do you think Jesus went to the synagogue? Was it because:
1. His mother made him go.
2. He wanted to see friends back in Nazareth.
3. He had nothing else to do, the stores were all closed.
No. He went because it was his custom to go, his habit. “But wait,” you say, “habits are almost done mechanically, without thought. Preacher, Do you think Jesus went to worship at the synagogue without any real thought given to it?”
No. I don’t. Did you ever hear the phrase, “I just fell into a good habit?” No you haven’t. Good habits take work. But bad habits result from neglect of the very things that produce good habits. That’s why it is hard to maintain a good golf swing, but easy to slip into a bad one.
Good habits are intentional, bad habits are without thought. Good habits don’t rob you of intent, bad habits dismiss the intent as not worthy of further effort.
Jesus had formed an intentional habit to worship God. So on the Sabbath day he was at the synagogue. There was no need to decide that day if he would worship God – that had been decided long ago.
It is when we neglect things that keep us strong spiritually that we slip into the bad habit of missing worship.
Bill


Benefit of the Clergy

BENEFIT OF CLERGY

If you take the tour in Williamsburg, VA they will explain why, even to this day, we hold up our hand and swear that we “will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God” whenever we give testimony in court.

Back in medieval England, when someone was being tried for a crime, and the evidence seemed overwhelmingly against him, there was a way out. He could plead “benefit of clergy.” At first this applied only to ministers of the church – but later it was granted to any who were laymen, the argument being that they should not be tried in a secular court.

If the one claiming benefit of clergy could read a passage from the Bible (usually Psalm 51 – David’s confession of sin) without stammering he would be set free even if evidence against him was overwhelming. If he stumbled just one time he was judged guilty. If someone read it per-fectly and was set free, they branded his hand (palm, fingers or thumb with the brand of the cross or a letter (T=theft, M=murder, F=felon).

You see, you could only claim benefit of clergy one time. So when-ever anyone testified in court he would have to hold up his hand so all could see if that person had previously claimed the benefit of clergy. If so, the brand was there. The practice was abolished in England by 1827.

But according to the Encyclopedia Britannica 2, “Benefit of clergy was adopted in most of the American colonies by judicial practice. Though generally abolished soon after the American Revolution, it persisted in the Carolinas until the mid-19th century.”

What if this practice was the way God dealt with mankind? One slip-up, one sin, and you are set free. But one more and there is no mercy.

God doesn’t deal with us in that fashion. His forgiveness is reached by obeying the Gospel of Christ: belief in Christ, genuine repentance and burial with Christ in baptism for forgiveness of sin. But no one is perfect. So we rely on His grace by “walking in the light as he is in the light and the blood of His son cleanses us from all sin (1 Jn. 1:7). Only if one willfully rejects Christ is there no more sacrifice for sin because persistent denial places one outside the atoning blood of Christ (Heb. 10:26).

Bill



Connect with Us

We try to provide a number of ways in which friends, members of the community, and those wishing to visit may get in touch with us.  Among these are:
  • Church Office Phone 256-974-9340
  • Church Website www.newantiochcoc.net
  • Find us on Facebook by clicking HERE
  • Email us at newantioch.contach@gmail.com
  • Call us or email us to receive or bulletin by print or by email.
  • We are also on I-Tunes Podcasts.  Serach for New Antioci Church of Christ.

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Churches of Christ

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The Church of Christ is made up of members who have obeyed the gospel plan of salvation and as such have been “added to the church, those that have been saved” (Acts 2:27). This opportunity is available to all people everywhere. The Bible tells us that “God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” ( II Peter 3:9). Nowhere in the New Testament does the Bible ever mention a multitude of different churches. Instead, the New Testament describes for us a single church meeting in different locations but unified in doctrine and faith.  I Corinthians 12:12-13 says “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we are baptized into one body….and have been all made to drink into one Spirit”. Jesus said that he would build “His church” <singular> (Matthew 16:18). The church is also called the “Family of God” (Ephesians 3:14-19) and the “Kingdom of Christ” (Colossians 1:13).
Churches of Christ are not denominational.  Each congregation is autonomous and, whenever possible, under the oversight of designated men called Elders.  We teach that all believers world-wide, who have obeyed God, make up the Lord’s Church.  Because of this, all congregations of the Lord’s Church are bound together in a common belief of the inspiration of the scriptures and seeking to emulate the pattern of worship and Christian living practiced by the First Century believers.  We, therefore, have no separate creeds, confessionals, or manuals.  We believe the Bible, and it alone, contains all things that God has related concerning His plan of salvation for mankind.  We do not vote on membership, since the Bible tells us that God adds people to the church based on faith and obeying His word.  We invite everyone to visit with us and experience simple Bible-based worship.
 

How does one become a member of the Church of Christ?

 We have no conditions of membership in the Lord’s church other than that given to us by  Jesus Christ himself and His apostles.  Since Christ is the head of the church, we do not have the power, nor the desire, to try to change what He has said.  The question of what to do was asked by the crowd on the day of Pentecost listening to the first sermons preached by Peter and the other Apostles.  In Acts 2:37, when those in the assembled crowd awakened to the seriousness of putting the Son of God to death, they asked “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”  Peter’s answer is simply put and in the next verse;  “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…” Notice these individuals had heard and believed what they heard but there was something more that they had to do…namely repent and be baptized.  As they did they would have confessed the name of Christ as the Son of God, as did the Ethiopian in Acts 8:37.  If all a person has to do to be saved is to believe then Peter would have said “since you believe then there is nothing more you have to do…you are saved”.  But Peter did not respond this way.  Peter answered their question and explained that there is something more than just belief needed on the part of the believer.  This goes against common denominational preaching but reading from the scriptures is always the surest way to learn the truth.  From the instances of conversion found in the scriptures, we can see the simple truth…those that are added to the church are those that:

 1.Hear the Gospel preached
2.Believe what they hear
3.Repent from their sins because of their belief
4.Confess the name of Christ as the Son of God
5.and have been baptized, for the remission of sins in the name of Jesus Christ, and
6.Continue in the fellowship of Christ’s Church and live a life consistent to His teachings.

 This is the plan that God intended all along.  It was divinely given to us through the Bible.  Those who heed His word and do the things written have their names added to “The Lambs Book of Life” and are added to the church.
 
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Our Ministries

New Antioch is engaged in trying to make a difference in our community.  We participate in a variety of activities which provides opportunities for our members to use their talents and abilities in helping others, through both spiritual and benevolent outlets.  Also we continue to look for new ways by which we can reach out to others in order to fulfill needs.  Whether it’s providing winter coats and shoes, helping with meals, building wheelchair ramps, or hosting services at the nearby nursing home, we certainly intend to try to continue to carry out the mission of Christ.  We hope that you would want to join us and be a part of our out-reach ministries.
Among out ministries are:
  • Worship service at National Health Care on the 5th Sundays of months.
  • Back-to-School supplies for those needing to fill supply lists.
  • Winter Coat, shoe, gloves, and scarves Give-A-Way in December of each year
  • Food box Give-A-Ways throughout the year
  • An onsite site pantry form the needs of the community
Please call our church office at 256-974-9340 for more information
 
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