“Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23)
Seven Compelling Reasons to Investigate the Rutherford Church of Christ
1. The dedication of our members to follow only the Holy Bible in all religious matters. Through the inspiration and authority of the Holy Spirit, Peter wrote these words, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). Notice the verb phrase “has given,” which is in the past tense. Jude used the same tense when he wrote, “. . . to you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).
The Rutherford Church of Christ accepts the above words exactly as they were written. “If “all things that pertain to life and godliness” have been provided by God, what additions are necessary? If one has available within the Bible all things pertaining to life . . . and all things pertaining to godliness . . . what can any human being add as a possible improvement? “. . . the faith which was once for all delivered . . .” If “the faith” (gospel of Christ) has been given to us “and and for all,” why should one expect any further authoritative additions? In matters of religious nature, the Bible is our only guideline, without additions, subtractions, or alterations.
2. The dedication of our members to doctrinal purity over personal preferences. Jesus called out the religious leaders in His time with these words found in Matthew 15:8-9, “These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”
Truth never contradicts itself. Jesus tells us in John 17:17 that God’s word is truth. Is it possible for the contradicting doctrines taught today under the heading of Christianity to all be true? God’s word is found in the Bible only; who posses the authority to alter it? The Rutherford Church of Christ strives to follow the doctrines of God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. Divine doctrines overrule the preferences of men. The patterns established b the 1st-century church are the patterns our members endeavor to follow.
3. The dedication of our members to moral purity. The ultimate goal of Christ for His church is to present
it, His spiritual body, pure and unblemished to God the Father. Paul writes of this coming event in Ephesians 5:26-27, which says, “That he might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” It is with this divine goal in mind that every Christian should make a great effort to maintain moral purity. John explains to all in 1 John 1:7-9 that reaching this goal requires the power of Christ’s blood.
How serious is God when it comes to the necessity of purity within the Lord’s church? A reading of Acts 5:1-11 provides a clear answer. A husband and wife devise a scheme to enrich themselves financially, but in the process they both, in separate interviews before Peter, intentionally life to God. The penalty handed out by God was both swift and severe. It is the goal of the Rutherford Church of Christ to present itself before Christ as a morally pure spiritual body, looking forward to that day when,as part of His church, it is presented before God the Father.
4. The dedication of our members to maintain good works locally and worldwide. Paul, an apostle of Christ, wrote through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit concerning the importance of a relationship between a Christian and good works. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 we find these words, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Paul exhorted the evangelist Titus to be a “pattern of good works” (Titus 2:7). Clearly, the goal for the Christians of Crete was to follow the example of Titus in the performance of good works.
Titus’ example applies to Christians of today as well. The Rutherford Church of Christ actively pursues good works locally by regularly visiting retirement centers for times of singing and Bible study, by supplying food to hungry children attending our local schools, and by making and distributing stuffed animals through our local first responders to small children facing stressful life events. Internationally, our congregation supports Christian mission works in Chad and Congo in Africa, Honduras in Central America, and India in Asia, we have also assisted with the hurricane disaster relief efforts in Texas.
5. The dedication of our members to worship God in spirit and in truth. In Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well, the woman made the following declaration, “Our fathers worshiped on the mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship” (John 4:20). Jesus’ response to her was this, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24).
Notice Jesus’s word “must.” According to Christ, worship of God must be in spirit and truth. Jesus is explaining to the Samaritan woman, and to us, that God is not limited to physical location; God is spirit. Jesus is telling us the correct manner in which to worship God the father; therefore, it follows that it is possible to worship in an incorrect manner. One is to engage his or her mind, heart, and soul (spiritual elements of an individual) as he or she worships God. One comes before God in worship with humility, with reverence, and with respect.
In addition to spirit, Jesus declares that one must worship God “in truth.” Where is truth found? Jesus provides a scriptural answer to this question in John 17:17, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” Truth being found in God’s word, then worship must be in accordance to His word. Any worship outside of God’s word is by definition not worship “in truth.” The Rutherford Church of Christ endeavors to worship God just as Jesus commanded through the use of the word “must;” in spirit and truth.”
6. The dedication of our members to restoring the erring in a spirit of gentleness. The Lord’s church is His spiritual family, the “House of God” (1 Timothy 3:15). When a family member strays away, the remaining members actively encourage his or her return. The Rutherford Church of Christ is part of God’s family, and in being so seeks to encourage any who have erred to return, to be restored, back into the loving arms of our heavenly Father. The apostle Paul reminds us of the attitude which is to be evident as we work to restore the erring; “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).
The goal of the Rutherford Church of Christ is for as many souls as is possible to enter heaven. As a part of this effort, finding and leading one who has left God’s spiritual home back into His family is a never-ending endeavor. In the words of Christ, “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:7).
7. The dedication of our members to reaching the lost without regard to race, nationality, or social standing. The doors of the Rutherford Church of Christ are open to all! Paul declares in Romans 2:11, “For there is no partiality with God.” When it comes to reaching heaven, does it matter at all the color of one’s skin . . . his or her nation of origin . . . whether one is rich or poor? Our prayer is that all who enter through our doors do so with open hearts and open mind . . . hears and minds eager to learn and grow in the richness of God’s word.
YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME HERE regardless of your race, religion, education, economic standing, or station in life. You will never be singled out or pressured in any manner. If you have NEVER attended any church, or if you have attended some church for MANY YEARS, or if you are simply VISITING various churches, we invite you to visit us and investigate Christ’s church. A FRIENDLY WELCOME AWAITS YOU!!!
Rutherford Church of Christ
925 Hwy 221 North
Rutherfordton, NC 28139