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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We live in a world that is highly secular.  It wants nothing to do with things that are religious.  When Christianity speaks out in this godless society, there are many who are quick to speak out against our message.  They spew hateful lies and blasphemies seeking to intimidate us, hoping we will cease telling individuals about the good news of salvation in Christ. In this society, it is very easy for Christians to doubt the things they believe.  Is the church to which we belong really the church of the Bible?  Is baptism really essential for salvation?  Is the manner in which we worship on the Lord’s day really the worship God desires?  Is Jesus really God incarnate who died on the cross of Calvary to save us from our sins?  Doubt is never a good thing.  Doubt creates fear.  Doubt leads to lack of faithful service.  Doubt causes one’s prayer life to cease.  Doubt can eventually lead to the destruction of one’s soul.  So how do we reassure ourselves that we believe correctly?  The answer lies in the title of this article: “We must read and trust.” The Bible is the only book that comes from God (2 Tim. 3:16-17).  It is the revelation of His mind to all mankind (I Cor. 2:9-13).  It is truth through and through (John 17:17).  God cannot lie (Tit. 1:2); therefore, when we read what is found therein, we can trust it with all of our being.  Man can say what he will against it.  God is still right.   When it comes to the church, we can read what the Bible says about it and trust it.  Jesus said to Peter:  “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates…

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