Welcome!

You are visiting the website of the Kirkwood Church of Christ. This is an informational and educational effort produced by the Christians who assemble at this address in Kirkwood, a suburb of St. Louis, MO, approximately 15 miles from the center of downtown. We would love to have you visit our assembly when you are in the area. Those of you not in our area are urged to visit this site often to examine articles and read questions and answers about Bible teaching we have posed. We welcome your own questions and your visits from week to week to peruse additional information we have posted.

When You Visit

The following remarks are offered to give visitors some understanding of what to expect when they visit at the worship hour of the Kirkwood Church of Christ. We want you to know, first of all, that you will receive a warm welcome by the members of the congregation regardless of your social, economical, racial, or religious background.

Please understand from the outset that you will be meeting with a non-denomination body of obedient believers in Jesus. We are not composed of many or all denominations, but rather are a body of disciples that follow no human creeds or man-made doctrines as the basis of our spiritual lives or our worship service. Our goal is to follow only the gospel of Christ as taught in the New Testament (1 Peter 4:11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Members of the Kirkwood Church of Christ seek to be Christians only. As first-century Christians we wear only the name of Christ. We, as the ancient church in Antioch of Syria, simply call ourselves by the Bible name “Christian” (Acts 11:26).

Likewise, our worship is based on the direct commands and examples of the first-century churches. We pledge not to go beyond the teaching of Christ as recorded in the New Testament (see 2 John 9).

Singing

First, our worship includes singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. This aspect of our worship is different from what most folks are accustomed to. We make melody in our hearts, as commanded by the Lord, rather than using mechanical instruments of music. You can read about this ancient practice in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16.

Prayer

Second, the entire congregation prays as led and directed by one of our brothers. In these prayers we make supplications and requests for our needs and the needs of others (Philippians 4:6-7; James 5:13-16). But we also offer praise and thanksgiving to God for our blessings (Acts 2:42; Philippians 4:6-7; Hebrews 13:15)..

Preaching

Third, we devote a period of time to preaching and teaching from the word of God to inform, strengthen, encourage, and edify those who attend. Our goal is, as Paul commanded a first-century preacher, to use the Bible to “preach the word” by instructing, reproving, correcting, and rebuking (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 4:2).

The Lord’s Supper

Fourth, on every first day of the week, as the ancient church at Troas in Asia, we come together to “break bread” in observance of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7). As Jesus commanded on the eve of his death, we partake of it as a memorial of his death. We eat unleavened bread in remembrance of his body that was offered and drink the fruit of the vine in memory of the blood he shed (Matt 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

Giving

Finally, we take up a collection on the first day of the week as commanded of the church in Corinth (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). It is the only collection we are authorized by the Bible to take up each week. This is a responsibility only of the members of the Kirkwood church. We do not ask nor expect visitors to give. We ask only that you visit our service and compare it to the practices of first-century churches.

If you visit us you will always see the same activities during our worship service and you will see that they are always in harmony with the instructions laid out in the Bible. We hope you are able to visit at our next service.