Welcome to Lay Lake
church of Christ, Columbiana, Alabama

You will be more than welcome at all of our services. Please come and bring your Bible to "search the Scriptures" with us.  

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Welcome


Are you looking for a new church home?
Come and visit our services, and learn how important the understanding of the word of God, the Bible, is to us here. You will enjoy the atmosphere at our services, where the only expectations we have on you as a visitor is to feel welcome.

Courtesy And Kindness


First of all, you will find no exclusive pews for any person. All are greeted with equal courtesy and kindness (Acts 10:34-35; Galatians 3:28).

You will find no tendency toward entertainment with beautiful organ or piano music. Like the first century Christians, we will engage in the singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19). The words used in our songs will be easy to understand (1 Corinthians 14:15). God has commanded the sincere praise of His people to come from the heart (Colossians 3:16).

Order And Reverence


You will not be confused by many people speaking or praying at the same time. Good order will prevail at every service (1 Corinthians 14:33). You will observe one of the brethren leading the congregation reverently and quietly in prayer (1 Timothy 2:1-5).

If you are present on Sunday, the Lord's Day, you will observe the congregation eating bread and drinking the fruit of the vine in memory of the death of Christ (Matthew 26:26-29). We do this on the first day of every week, like the Christians in the first century (Acts 20:7).

You will not find special collections taken at every service. A collection is taken only on the Lord's Day (1 Corinthians 16:1-3). This congregation is supported by the free will offerings of its members. We do not ask non-members to financially support our work, nor do we engage in fund raising activities like rummage sales and bingo games. We specialize in being a church, and do not compete with places of amusement.

The Bible Is Our Only Guide


You will observe that the Bible is the textbook to which reference is repeatedly made in our classes and sermons. Special emphasis is placed on that part of the Bible known as the New Testament (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 1:16). You will never be asked to accept what some man says about the Bible; we want you to read the Bible for yourself to see "whether those things are so" (Acts 17:11).

The audience will not be embarrassed or singled out for any sort of demonstration or testimony. You can quietly observe and study that which you see and hear (1 Corinthians 14:40).

Salvation In Christ


You will hear obedience to the will of Christ emphasized as necessary to salvation: faith in Christ as taught in the gospel (Romans 10:17); repentance (Luke 24:47); confession of faith in Christ (Romans 10:9-10); and baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).

If there should be a response from someone in the audience to the appeal mentioned above, you will see them taken to a pool of water where, in simple likeness to the burial of Christ, they will be buried in water and raised to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4).

You will be more than welcome at all of our services. Please come and bring your Bible to "search the Scriptures" with us. If you do not have a Bible, we will be happy to give you one.

 

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Is attending Bible class on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening important? Is it just an old tradition that is hanging on? Some, it seems, don’t think that Bible study is important and they choose not to attend. Years ago, we used to hear the expression, “As goes the Bible School, so goes the church”. Most strong and growing congregations have active, well-planned Bible School programs. Having Bible classes on Sundays and Wednesdays is an effective method of accomplishing a number of things the Bible tells us to do.     Obviously, every congregation should constantly seek to improve its Bible School program. Here at Lay Lake, we have many good things happening. However, improvements can and should continue to be made. We are dedicating ourselves to providing an excellent program of Bible study. Our teachers put in several hours preparing for their classes. Sadly, some are simply not taking advantage of a good thing.     I insist that, while the Bible School can always be improved, the method of studying the Bible in classes is a good thing. When one enrolls in a class, faithfully attends, prepares beforehand for class; actively participates, and puts into practice the things covered, should we not expect that good things will come as a result? ***

  •   Prayers pleasing to God need not be lengthy and must not be filled with “vain repetitions”. The Lord taught His disciples to avoid this common error of the Pharisees who, He said, use “vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their…

  • 1. We are not conscious of soul winning opportunities and we don’t take advantage of those we have.  2. We assume public preaching will accomplish the task.  Research shows that “Friendship Evangelism” converts over 80% of the people. 3. We have left the task of “seeking the lost” to the…

  •   "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the…

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