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THE CHURCH
 
 
 
 
           
 
The church at 1401 Wilson Avenue in Tullahoma Tennessee, are people through whom Jesus is building His church. (Matthew 16:18) This is a divine work made possible by God’s grace. By His grace through faith, we are God’s family, being born again of water and spirit. (John 3:3-5, Galations 3:26-27) Before, we were sinners, lost, away from God and condemned. (Romans 3:23, 6:23) Hearing of God’s love, demonstrated by Jesus’ death on the cross and hearing of his power and life through resurrection, as believers we repented of sins and were baptized for the forgiveness of sins and received the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38-40)  As at the beginning, God added us to His church, when saving us by grace through faith. (Acts 2:47, Ephesians 2:8-10)
 
            Because of His loving redemptive work and salvation, we gather as the church to adore and stand in awe of His grace and greatness. Our assemblies are about entering God’s presence with a heart full of devotion and expression. Our worship seeks to fulfill Jesus’ guidance of being in “spirit and truth.” (John 4:23,24) Our assemblies nurture participation by all in encountering God and expressing love and gratitude to Him for our great salvation. Emphasis is given, not to a performance before all, but participation by all. Thus we all join in praise, declaring His greatness, our devotion, and how amazing is His grace. (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16) We all focus on His word as it is taught and proclaimed. (II Timothy 2:2, 4:1-4) Together before him, we bow our heads and hearts with reverence and rejoicing, as we pray and petition Him, as to our concerns and according to His marvelous grace and power. (I Timothy 2:1) Because God is so good and has given and blessed, we in turn want to bless and give for the cause of Christ’s kingdom and to help others in need. Therefore we take up a collection, reflecting upon how God is blessing us. (I Corinthians 16:1) Each Sunday, hearts are touched by God’s amazing love, life and power, as we go back to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection, emptying the tomb. The greatest story ever told is experienced by communion each Sunday. (Acts 20:7, I Corinthians 11:20-26) This simple meal of the bread and the cup forever reminds us “He loves and He lives!”   All are welcomed to a spiritual experience of intimacy, faith, and love as we draw near in worship. (Hebrews 10:22-25)
 
            Our purpose as His church is to glorify God as we grow in the likeness of Jesus. We are striving to become His person and presence among others. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:12-15) Therefore we are about growing spiritually in overcoming faults and experiencing forgiveness. We seek to share with others how Christ’s teaching has helped us to be better people, mates, parents, neighbors, etc. We are about many good works for His sake and for the good of others. (Ephesians 2:10, Galatians 6:10) Through these we hope to demonstrate our genuineness and God’s love. Besides helping, we hope such good will create an interest and desire within others to consider and come unto the Christ who alone has the words of life. (John 6:66, 14:6)