The people who meet at Thayer Street are seeking to faithfully serve God.  To accomplish this task, we appeal to the Bible, and the Bible alone, for our standard of authority.  The inspired apostle Paul wrote, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Col. 3:17).  In order to be accepted by God, we must obey, worship, and live according to His word. 

          The group at Thayer Street did not arbitrarily select the name Church of Christ as its title.  We believe Christ founded the Church of the New Testament; therefore, the Church must bear His name.  Jesus identified Himself as being the founder of the Church: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18).

          All we believe, teach, and seek to practice is grounded in the New Testament.  The Church, which Jesus said He would build, was established on the day of Pentecost.  We can read of its beginning in the book of Acts, chapter two.  The apostle Peter preached the soul saving Gospel of Jesus Christ on this day.  He convicted the Israelites of crucifying Jesus, the Messiah.  Some were very distraught by what Peter preached.  They begged Peter to instruct them in the way of salvation. 

          Upon their request, Peter said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).  Around three thousand were baptized on this occasion.  Their obedience to the Gospel resulted in their addition to the Church (Acts 2:47).

          The events of Acts chapter two serve as a pattern for New Testament Christianity today.  What should we do to be accepted by God?  The Bible informs us of sin.  Paul wrote, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).  All of us are guilty of violating the law of God.  In our sin, we are no different than the Israelites to whom Peter preached in Acts chapter two.  How are we to seek forgiveness of our sin? 

We are to acknowledge our sin and repent.  We have to stop sinning and start changing.  Jesus taught, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).  Upon our repentance, we must confess Jesus as Lord before others and God.  This is a vow of our commitment to Him.  The apostle Paul wrote, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:10).   

Finally, we must be baptized, immersed into water, for the remission of our sins.  Jesus commanded baptism.  He instructed, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16).  This is what those who obeyed the Gospel did in Acts chapter two.  If we want to be added to the Church and obey God, this is what the Bible teaches we must do.

Worship is the avenue through which we praise, honor, and glorify God.  Jesus spoke of God’s desire to have true worshippers.  He taught, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).  Jesus identified two characteristics of true or accepted worshippers of God.  First, they must worship with the proper attitude.  We must always approach God in humble reverence.  However, more than a proper attitude is needed to worship God acceptably.  In addition to sincerity, we must worship God in truth or according to truth.  At Thayer Street, we appeal to the truth, the Bible, to establish the type of worship God wants us to offer Him.

When we worship God, we sing praises to Him.  We do not use instrumental music.  We do not have a band or a piano.  We sing with our hearts to God.  All of the passages of the New Testament identify singing as the music of worship.  Paul wrote, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Col. 3:16).  Our mouths and hearts are to be the only instruments of worship.

Also, we observe the Lord’s Supper each first day of the week.  This was the pattern set in the New Testament by the disciples (Acts 20:7).  We teach and study God’s word and offer prayers to Him (Acts 20:7; Luke 18:1; 1 Thess. 5:17).  Finally, the members of the Church give a portion of their earnings for the work of the Church.  Paul instructed, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him…” (1 Cor. 16:2).

 If you have found this information interesting, we would invite your questions or concerns.  We would be happy to discuss in more detail what we are seeking to accomplish at Thayer Street.  Also, we would be grateful for you to attend any of our assemblies.  We hope to see you soon.       


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