About the Smedley Church of Christ
The Smedley church of Christ is just a group of Christians trying to worship and serve God while following His word. We firmly believe that if you are to be the church of the New Testament, you have to do as they did. So we seek to follow as closely as we can the New Testament pattern for the work, worship and salvation of Christ's church. We are a family of God's children here and we seek to aid one another in life's troubles, minister to one another and love one another with eternity in view. We welcome all to join the family of God that meets at this location.
We can read in the Bible that God created man for His glory (Isaiah 43:7) yet man sinned against God and fell short of His glory (Romans 3:23). This is the pattern in which man has walked since Adam and Eve in the garden, when they disobeyed God and His command (Genesis 3:6). Since God is holy and just, He cannot have fellowship with sin (Isaiah 59:1, 2) and sin must be punished. So, God instituted animal sacrifice to serve as our substitute; a bloody death on an altar to be burned up to signify the ugliness and seriousness of our sin. Even though we should have been punished for our sin, God, in His love and mercy, allowed the animal to be the substitute that we might be forgiven and restored to fellowship with Him. However the animal sacrifice was imperfect, could not truly remove sin and simply served as an illustration of what He would accomplish for man through His beloved Son.
The Good News of Jesus Christ is that He is the "Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). He is God's perfect, holy and sinless sacrifice given to bear our guilt and supply us with His righteousness that we might live forever in heaven with God, all because of the love He had for His creatures.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth, took on flesh, was tortured, crucified, buried and rose again from the dead on the third day. He did this to proclaim victory over sin and death, having paid for our sins. Before He was crucified, He said He would establish and build His assembly or 'church' (Matthew 16:18). We see the beginning of this church on the day of Pentecost, after Jesus' ascension into heaven (Acts 2). After the apostle Peter had preached to the multitude that the Jesus whom they crucified was both Lord and Christ, they asked, "Brethren, what shall we do?" In response, Peter said, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38). That day the Lord added about 3000 souls to the church through baptism by faith in Jesus. We follow the same method of entering into salvation and the body of Christ by God's grace.
They were simply Christians and so are we.
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