Highway 9 church of Christ
Who we are  What we believe
We are a group of Christians who assemble together on each first day of each week (the LORD's day Revelation 1:10) to commemorate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God by partaking of the Lord's supper. We do this by example of the inspired apostles and first century Christians (Acts 20:7) and upon the request of Jesus Himself (1 Corinthians 11: 23-26).
And while we are assembled together, we observe the other items of worship as dictated and followed by the Inspired Apostles and the first century Christians. They sang (Colossians 3: 16), so we sing. They prayed (Ephesians 6: 18), and so we pray. They had someone read scripture or preach (Acts 20: 26-27), we also have preaching or scripture reading. And they gave of their means according to their prosperity (1 Corinthians 16: 2), and we do likewise. These are the items of worship to our Lord as given by command, divine example, or necessary inference and we are not so presumptious as to add to or to subtract from those items. Come worship with us and you will see that we make every effort to do all things according to the teaching of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The Highway 9 church of Christ is not a name. It is a descriptive sentence explaining what it is. It simply means it is an independent group of followers of Jesus Christ who have joined no earthly denomination but have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine taught by Jesus and His inspired writers of the New Testament. According to His word, when one has followed the detailed commands concerning what they must do to be forgiven of their sins, they will then be added to His church...by Him (Acts 2: 47) and the joining of some organization founded by man is neither authorized, necessary or beneficial. We also believe that these organizations are cause for divisions among His followers. (I Corinthians 1: 10-13)
We accept the word of God, the Holy Bible, as being true and absolute. We believe that God created the heavens and the earth in six 24 hour days and did so by His spoken word as described in the Genesis account. We believe that the requirements for removal of one's past sins are summed up by obedience of the following commands...not one or two of them, but all.
(1) Hear (learn) the word of God and believe it, and believe that it must be obeyed. (Romans 10: 17, James 2: 17-26, John 14: 23)
(2) Repent (determine to turn from a life of sin to a life of obedience and sacrifice). (Luke 13: 3, Acts 2: 38, 3: 19)
(3) Confess (confess that you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God). (Romans 10: 10, Acts 8: 36-38)
(4) Be Baptized, totally immersed in water following the completion of the above 3 requirements...not as a ritual into some earthly organization, but in obedience to the commandments of Jesus Christ at which time your sins will be forgiven and remembered against you no more. And Jesus will number you among His "called out". (Mark 16: 16, Acts 2: 38, 1 Peter 3: 21), (Acts 2: 47)
At this point one has become a new creature and is cleansed from his old sins. He can, however, sin anew and be lost. The additional requirement is expressed in Revelation 2: 10.
We also reject the unsound Calvinistic doctrines of total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistable grace, perseverence of the saints. Neither of these doctrines are taught in the Holy Bible, and in fact, are contradictory to biblical truths.
We believe that God created all men and granted to each the right of free moral agency. Therefore, we respect the right for any to believe and obey God or to disbelieve and disobey Him. We also believe that He has placed obligation upon His children to proclaim His truths to others and make every peaceable effort to persuade them to accept those truths.
We find the ultra liberal actions presently polluting the gospel of Christ to be abominable. Specifically those items that are unauthorized by the inspired word, i.e. allowing women to preach, teach and otherwise usurp the authority of men, Singing Gospel songs accompanied by instruments, humming, swaying, arm waving, hands clapping and such like. The choirs, the special groups singing, the building of highly expensive and ornate edifices, compromising sermons and doctrines, participation in group activities of those who are in error...all of which constitute apostasy.
We believe that the Holy Spirit, through inspiration of the Apostle Paul, meant the exact words expressed in Colossians 3: 17 "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." This forbids any innovations or additions to His instructions for worship. "In the name of" means "by His authority"!
Our only plea to you is to live your life as the New Testament Christians did. They did Bible things in Bible ways. They followed only the word of the Holy Spirit through the inspired Apostles which we now have as the Bible. They obeyed only the Bible which made them into only Christians, not Paul Christians, not Peter Christians, just Christians and if you do nothing today except strictly as the scriptures dictate, it will make YOU a Christian just as it did them. Because your sins will be forgiven and the Lord will add you to His church...His called out. Whose name do you wear? Or what kind of Christian are you? Re-read the paragraph next above this one. By whose authority do you get your religious name?