About the church that meets at Carriage Drive

The Carriage Drive Church of Christ is composed of Christians whose sole aim is to serve God according to His word. These Christians come in all “shapes and sizes” and in varying age groups. Our ethnic makeup is to be diverse, just as it was in the church of the First Century.

“And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” (Acts 11:26)

We believe it is important to give Bible answers to Bible questions.

The word “Christian” is used three times in the New Testament (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16). We wear only Christ’s name; we seek to give answers for our faith (1 Peter 3:15); we are not ashamed of our faith and commitment to Christ (John 15:18-19). We seek to be disciples, or, learners of Jesus.

We are not identified with any man-made denomination. In fact, we do not want to be part of any human denomination because we do not read about these religious bodies in the New Testament. Creeds and religious parties can only promote allegiance to men and division among God’s people. Our devotion is to Christ. When we speak, we endeavor to speak only as Christ has spoken (1 Peter 4:11).

Because we are Christians, this means that we have chosen to obey Christ’s will. In doing so, we have entered into a spiritual relationship with Him. Christ’s will for salvation is plain and easily understood. Christians are people who have believed and confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. We repented of our past sins, and then were baptized in His name for the remission of sins (Mark 16:15-16; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; Acts 8:34-39).

“The churches of Christ greet you.” (Romans 16:16)

As early Christians did, we work together in a local church of Christ (Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 11:16). In this work, we are encouraged by the leadership of godly men, or, elders (sometimes called shepherds, bishops or pastors—Acts 14:23; 20:17, 28; 1 Timothy 3:1-7). The congregation is blessed by special servants of the church, or, deacons (Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:8-13).

Believing that the church belongs to Jesus Christ, we are guided in what we do by His word. On Sunday, the day the Lord was raised from the dead, we assemble to eat the Lord’s Supper in memory of His death (Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). The first day of the week is also the occasion for our hearing and learning God’s word, and encouraging one another in the word of God (Hebrews 10:24-25). We worship and praise God in spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:18-19). We seek to show our love, not only for Christ, but for each other (John 13:34-35).

“By this, all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

It is important to have Christ in our lives. He guides and is involved in our families, at work, and in life’s daily activities (Romans 12). We give emphasis to the training of every disciple, in order to help him or her to greater spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16). Worshiping together helps accomplish this. We are concerned about preaching the gospel in our own locale.

While Christians have concern for all people (Galatians 6:10), as a congregation we have a special interest in the needs of our fellow Christians. Benevolent needs are met as they arise. Money to do this is contributed by our own members on the first day of each week (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).

We hope you will accept this invitation to come and worship with us. You are always welcome here at Carriage Drive . Come and be with us. We trust you will find a friendly congregation dedicated to following Christ and His New Testament.

Who is the pastor?

This is a common question. Well, Jesus is the only Head of His church (Colossians 1:18). He is identified by the Holy Spirit as the Chief Shepherd of His church (1 Peter 5:4). The apostle Paul provides a simple outline for the organization of each local congregation (i.e. elders, deacons, and saints — Philippians 1:1).

As mentioned above, the Lord has instructed each local church to appoint qualified elders (pastors) to work among that particular church (Titus 1:5-7; 1 Timothy 3:1-2). Deacons assist the elders and the congregation in doing its work (Acts 6:3; 1 Timothy 3:8-13) and a preacher helps teach and preach the truth from the Word of God (2 Timothy 4:1-2; Ephesians 4:11-12).

Who are the shepherds of the Carriage Drive church (a.k.a. elders, bishops, pastors)?

:: Brian Baker
:: Alan Rich

Who are the deacons of the Carriage Drive church?

:: Allen Akers
:: Greg Betkijian
:: Jim Wilson

Who is the preacher of the Carriage Drive church?

:: Brent Bishop

We hope you will find this information helpful as you decide to get to know us better and worship together God Almighty. We are confident you will be glad you did.