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
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.
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.
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 Gods 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 Lords 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 Gods
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
(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