The Friendship Family & What to Expect
The Friendship Church of Christ is a Christ-led, Spirit-powered community existing to glorify God in DeSoto County and beyond. We believe God called his people to be a blessing to the world (Genesis 12) and to bring everyone to know God (Exodus 19). To that end, Friendship’s primary purpose is to be a blessing to DeSoto County and to help our neighbors come into a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2). We strive to help each Christian learn how to exhibit and share his or her faith by:
through worship and sacrificial living
by cultivating meaningful relationships
within our family community
by inviting others
to genuinely know Jesus Christ
Friendship takes the above-stated mission seriously and considers it vital for the life of the congregation. We would love to welcome your family into our loving and serving congregation. We want our services to be moving, engaging and uplifting (John 4:24) – but MORE than all of that, we want to be true to God who is the Author of Truth (John 17:17) and the Way of Truth (John 14:6).
We believe in worship of God and we pray that our worship services are . . .
help you to transform your life daily by following Christ our Lord & savior;
and cause you to fall at the feet of God with a loud Hallelujah!!
What to Expect when you visit. . .
Feel free to sit anywhere, there are no reserved seats, and park right up front in our visitor parking. Our style of worship is simple, patterned after the examples and teachings of the earliest Christians in the New Testament.
First off, we want you to know that you will be greeted and welcomed as soon as you approach the building! Test us on that! We positively love guests. People mean the world to God and therefore to us, as we strive to be His People.
Dress: You’ll see a wide variety of attire at our worship services. We believe that the most important clothing you wear is internal (Colossians 3:12) – compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Most of the women here either will wear a dress, pants, jeans, or capris. Most of our men don’t wear suits, though a few might. We’d want you to dress modestly but outside of that it is more important to us that you are here than what you wear.
SINGING: Probably the most noticeable thing that many will see is that our worship in song is without instrumental accompaniment. Our style of singing is to praise God and edify one another through
a cappella, (non-instrumental), singing (Colossians 3:16). We sing to praise God and to exhort and encourage one another. (Ephesians 5:19). And, everyone is invited to sing! God is more interested in hearing praise than the quality of your voice. While scriptually, we do not see anything spritually wrong with instrumental worship - we believe that a cappella congregational singing enhances our personal involvement in worship.
THE LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION): You will also notice that on every Sunday we assemble to observe the Lord’s Supper, a memorial established by Jesus Himself to commemorate His death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. This is an important part of our services as we worship the Lord and show our thanks to Him. The first century church celebrated this observance on the first day of every week (Acts 20:7).
During this memorial, plates containing pieces of unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus. Each participating person will break off a piece of the bread and eat it. Next, trays filled with small cups will contain “fruit of the vine,” usually grape juice, symbolizing the blood of Jesus. Each participant will drink the contents of one of the cups.
Baptism is an initial profession of faith, and the Lord's Table (Communion) is an ongoing, continual, and repeated renewal of faith. Therefore, we leave to each person the decision to participate in the Supper. If you choose to not participate, don’t be embarrassed. Feel free to just pass the plate or tray to the person next to you.
PRAYER: We are a praying people. There will be several prayers offered in every service as we depend on and want to thank God. We offer prayers of supplication and thanksgiving (1 Timothy 2:1-8; Acts 2:42; 1 Thessalonians 5:17). If you have a specific prayer request let us know and we will try to include it.
GIVING/OFFERING: In our Sunday assembly, our members give monetarily. This is the means by which our members make their weekly contributions in support of our ministries. Occasionally, we will also take a collection for special needs in our community or throughout the world. As our guest you are welcome but not expected to make a donation (I Corinthians 16:1-2; II Corinthians 9:7).
PREACHING: You will notice that the preacher doesn’t have a title. He will probably be referred to as pastor, minister, or, just called by his first name. He won’t be wearing any ecclesiastical vestments, (special robes), which set him apart. The reason for this is that we believe that all believers are equal in God’s sight. The sermon is the time when the “good news” of God’s love and Jesus’ redemptive life is proclaimed and an application for our daily lives is delivered. We believe you will find it encouraging, relevant and Bible-centered.
Invitation: At the close of some sermons, the preacher will “extend an invitation.” This is simply a time to invite those who are moved to do so - to make a commitment or request prayer support. The preacher will encourage those who wish to “respond” to come to the front of the auditorium, while the congregation sings a hymn. This is not a time to feel uncomfortable; no one will be singled out in any way. There may be several who respond, or there may be none. Some may respond for baptism. Some may confess sins. Some may ask for prayer for a specific need. Some may want to “identify” or “place membership” with this church. If anyone responds for baptism, you will witness the baptism during this service. The baptism will be by immersion and for the remission of sin.
We simply ask that you “Come and see.” (John 1:46). Be our guest for a few weeks – observe, ask questions, get acquainted, and prayerfully consider the things that you see and hear. We look forward to seeing you at the Friendship Church of Christ!