Our Church Family
We are a fellowship of Christians committed to loving God and growing into His glory. Our mission is to be united in faith by the word of God; to be a joy-filled congregation, called by Christ to heal a broken world.
OUR CORE BELIEFS:
God deserves our highest praise. He has an awesome track record of putting His love into action on earth. He has revealed Himself through His creation, His divine Word and His Son, Jesus. He is our heavenly Father and we serve Him reverently and gratefully as His beloved children.
Jesus Christ is our Savior and Lord. God's redeeming love came to its planned climax in the person and work of Jesus. As a man, he reflected God’s light in his life of love and service. On the cross, he paid the debt incurred by our sins. His life, death and resurrection are the reasons we can claim forgiveness of sin and eternal life with our Father.
The Holy Spirit lives in us (John 14:17). Our body is “a temple of the Holy Spirit.“ (1 Corinthians 6:19). He is our Strength (Zechariah 4:6), our Guide (John 16:13), our Helper (John 14:16), our Liberator (2 Corinthians 3:17), our Guarantor (2 Cor. 5:5), our Teacher (John 14:26), and our Uniter (Ephesians 4:3). He is God’s gift to those who repent and are baptized (Acts 2:38). He is the author of holiness (1 Peter 1:2).
OUR CORE VALUES:
The Bible! We trust the Bible as the inspired, infallible word of God. In it, God revealed His will to us in understandable terms to teach and train us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The Family! We are committed to building strong families for the glory of God. Marriage is a sacred covenant between one man and one woman (Matthew 19:4-6). Children are a blessing from God (Psalm 127:3) and parents, with the church’s support, are responsible to pass their faith on to them (Eph. 6:4). We also celebrate the full inclusion of singles in the family of God.
The Church! God does not want us to travel alone. We are called as a church to glorify God together, put His love into action, live in unity and challenge people like you to become more like Jesus. The Lewiston Church of Christ is united by a common need (forgiveness); a common mandate (to repent); a common trust (in Jesus); a common birth (baptism); a common hope (eternal life); and a common love (modeled by Jesus)!
Our first focus in worship is on Who we revere, but what we do, when, where and how are important to us as well. Our worship is simple, spiritual, and orderly, involving the following sacred elements:
Singing: We love making a joyful melody to God in our hearts (Ephesians 5:19) with gratitude (Colossians 3:16) and with our voices (a cappella) united in harmony.
Prayer: We pray in worship not just to honor and thank God, but to raise our requests before Him in humble intercession (1 Timothy 2:1).
Proclamation of the Word: The public reading of Scripture (1 Tim. 4:13) and our preaching are designed to inspire clear understanding of God’s word and joyful obedience to His will. We do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord (2 Corinthians 4:5).
The Lord's Supper: We share in a common meal each first day of the week (Acts 20:7) to partake in the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. The bread and fruit of the vine represent his body and his blood shed on our behalf (1 Cor. 11:20-36).
Giving: We cannot out give God but we do find heartfelt cheer in sacrificial giving, not by compulsion but out of decisions each one makes in his/her heart (2 Cor. 9:7). Visitors are not expected to give, but can if they desire. Amy Carmichael wrote, "You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving."
OUR MINISTRIES, IN LEWISTON AND BEYOND:
We cannot keep God’s blessings to ourselves. We are willing to use “all possible means” (1 Cor. 9:22) to “make disciples” (Matt. 2819). “Ministry” means service and we aim to serve people in need, body and soul.
We have a benevolence ministry for special needs, a youth program that empowers parents; a women's ministry that studies together and serves others; and a teaching ministry for all ages (Sundays at 9:45 am and Wednesdays at 7 pm). Some members pack food into back-packs for needy children. We encourage personal fellowship through potluck meals, scrap-booking or quilting meetings, men’s breakfasts and more.
We are proud to support Greg and Alicia Groen, missionaries in Tanzania, Africa, with a special focus on reaching orphaned children. We also support a children’s home in New Mexico and a Bible correspondence course that touches people around the world. Some members go to Mexico each year to build new homes.
Our historic legacy as a Church of Christ carries with it a passion for Christian unity. Our forebears taught believers to lay aside excess denominational baggage and go forward in spirit and truth under the light shed on our path by God’s word. We seek to simply be the church you read about in the Bible. We sometimes stumble and our task is unfinished, but our calling to live for Jesus and share His love with a divided and dying world continues to inspire us. We have a long way to go. Let’s go together!
Are you ready for a faith that outshines modern cynicism? Are you looking for a hope that swallows up fear? Are you interested in a love that lasts forever? You were created for such things.
A visit from you would encourage us greatly. The Bible says: “Let us not give up meeting together… but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25).
Because the “Day” is coming, our invitation goes beyond church attendance. Patiently, we invite you to trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. This trust begins not in self-pride, but in humble repentance followed by a willing participation with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus through baptism, our water grave from which we rise as new creations in Christ. This new birth is what bonds us to Jesus and joins us to his church.
By Joel Solliday, Minister. If you have any questions at all, please call our office at (208) 743-2711.