Looking for a church home can be a long and difficult process. We would like to encourage you in your search and challenge you to focus on the things that truly matter. Does the preacher preach the Word of God, not just tell stories about himself? Do the songs they sing cause you to esteem God more highly and worship Him more powerfully? Do they read scripture out loud (more than a verse)? Do their prayers demonstrate repentance, humility, praise, and petition? Please remember, lots of other things fall well below these essentials. We pray that God will lead you as you pray AND think about these things. Read more of these questions when considering a church using the link below.
Location & Times
Sunday School | 9:45a
Sunday Worship | 10:45a
Family Fellowship | 6:00p
125 Lind Dr., Edinburgh, IN
What to Expect & FAQs
When Should I Arrive?
It’s a good idea to arrive at least 15-20 minutes early in order to have plenty of time to park, get kids checked in, and connect with others. The chapel doors open at 10:00 a.m. and morning worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Feel welcome to take any seat that is available--no one will be upset because you have taken "their seat". Our regulars will gladly give you their seat if necessary. Someone will greet you at the door and help you get settled in if you need it. Otherwise, you will not be badgered. We are happy to see you and we want you to know that. But, we also want to give you space to hear and observe what is going on without being hounded. We try to strike a balance of friendliness and hospitality without embarrassing anyone or calling attention to newcomers in an off-putting way. We appreciate the fact that you have joined us as our guest.
Our gatherings begin and end with prayer. The members of our church are expected to prepare their hearts in prayer before the service. Even so, we begin by praying to our God whenever we come together. During this time we speak to God in thanksgiving, invitation, and petition. We thank Him for who He is and what He has done through our Lord Jesus Christ. We trust Him to be present in our service of worship to Him. And, we ask Him to change us into the image of our Lord, meet our temporal needs, and keep us faithful. By beginning and ending in this way, we acknowledge our utter dependence upon God.
Perhaps you have never heard the term “expository” before. “Expository” simply means to explain or describe something. Many thoughts may come to your mind when you think of preaching. However, the ultimate goal of preaching should always be to understand what God has revealed in the Bible. Gospel preaching should be focused upon and derive its message from scripture. For this reason our church commits to preaching that begins and ends in a biblical text. In order to better explain the true meaning of scripture, we preach through entire books of the Bible, verse-by-verse and section-by-section. This approach forces us to deal with the whole Bible—not just our favorite or cherished verses or topics. We worship God by actively hearing the Word of God proclaimed and explained. It is during this time of the service that God speaks to us. We do not expect nor accept extra-biblical, “mystical” messages from God. We do expect that the Holy Spirit will speak to us through the written scriptures. God is most glorified among his people when we are satisfied with what He has chosen to reveal to us in the Bible and when we are changed by its message.
WHat Should I Wear?
That’s a great question and it means that you have given thought to your first visit. Our corporate worship is not about a dress code and it’s definitely not about wearing fine clothes in order to fit in. The emphasis really isn’t upon what you’re wearing, however, our clothes shouldn’t distract others from spiritual things. In other words, modesty is always appropriate and God-honoring.
Each Lord’s Day, a passage of Old and New Testament Scripture is read followed by prayer. If we believe that the Bible is powerful, like a lion—then why would we want to keep it in its cage? We worship over the Word by reading it aloud in the congregation every time we are together.
"The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself." – Charles Spurgeon
Music is a powerful tool. We understand this and so we are cautious not to use music to emotionally manipulate people. Because we view the gathering of God’s people for worship to be sacred, we would not consider all music to be appropriate to sing in the congregation. Any music (hymns, choruses, special selections) should be bibically and theologically accurate. Music should cause us to be lifted up in worship to God—not cause us to be concentrated on ourselves and what we are feeling. Music should affect our emotions, but only by amplifying the power of the words which we are singing. We pray that our music and singing be tasteful, dignified, respectful, sacred, exciting, God-honoring, biblical, and from the heart. Our time of worship is not a concert—nor a show. We have very little “special” music. Instead, the voices of the congregation are joined in WORSHIP. When the gathered people of God sing true words of worship from the heart—He is present among us. That’s what our Lord promised—and we trust Him to keep His word.
As a church family we enjoy the deep bonds of love and friendship that we share with one another in Jesus Christ. There is opportunity each time we gather in Jesus’ name to greet one another in Christian love. You can expect to be noticed. Expect people to say something like, “Hi, we haven’t met before, is this your first time?” Expect for people to reach out to you in love–without being overbearing. That is our goal.