Phone: (615) 735-0114

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 E-mail:                              carthagecoc@ dtccom.net

 

 P.O. Box  88                  Carthage, TN 37030

 


  

 
         

     


 

                       

            

                         TWO “TELLS”,  NOT TALES

Will Durant observed, “Talk is cheap because the supply always exceeds the demand.” It is estimated that the average person spends one-fifth of his or her life talking. That would equal a fifty-page book per day if all our words were put in print!

The Bible has much to say about exercising discretion when it comes to speech. The book of Proverbs is an inspired resource ripe with reason. Wisdom is the theme of the book, with the writer declaring it “the principal thing” (4:7). One’s mouth may be either “a well of life” or “near destruction” (10:11, 14). A serious warning is given in 10:19 - “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise” (NKJV).

The New Testament continues this emphasis. Jesus reminds us that we will “give account” of “every idle word” and that our words will either justify or condemn us (Matthew 12:36-37). Paul urges all to use gracious speech: “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt…” (Colossians 4:6; cf. 3:8-9; Ephesians 4:29-32).

While we are to exercise great care in communication, we must not be cowered into complete silence. Some one has said that all that is needed for evil to prevail is for good people to remain silent. Our caring concern for the souls of men should prompt us to tell people the good news of Jesus Christ.

Two important “tells” are involved in spreading the gospel. First, we must “tell” what God has done in giving His Son that we might be saved from the guilt and condemnation of sin (See John 3:16; Romans 5:8-9.). An understanding of the goodness of God will bring honest persons out of sin (Romans 2:4). Second, we must “tell” what man must do to be saved. The New Testament - especially the book of Acts - reveals the necessity of preaching the gospel to produce faith in God and Christ (Romans 10:17); which leads one to repent of all sin (Luke 13:3, 5); which leads to confession of Jesus as God’s Son (Romans 10:9-10); which leads to baptism into Christ for remission of sins (Acts 8:26-39, verses 36-38 in particular); which leads to a continued life of faithfulness to the One who died for us (1 Corinthians 15:58).

In the words of a beloved hymn: “If the name of the Savior is precious to you…, will you not tell it today?”

                                                     Edward L Anderson
 

                           Worship Services
 
The word worship means "to adore" or "to pay homage." The New Testament describes five specific acts of worship for the Lord's church. These are:  

1. Prayer - The word, which means "a pouring out," is a significant avenue of worship. The early church was a praying church (Acts 2:42). Prayers are to be understandable, fervent, reverent, and with God's Holy Will in mind (I Cor. 14:15). We pray in the name of Jesus (Jn. 14:12; 1 Tim. 2:5) to the Father (Matt. 6:9ff).
 
2. Singing - This singing is to speak, teach, and admonish (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). It is to be done with the whole heart (Eph. 5:19; I Cor. 14:15). The common term of singing, psallo in no way authorizes anything but vocal praise. It is a historical fact that instrumental music was unknown to the church for its first 300 years!  

3. Giving - The early church supported good works through the generous giving of its members every first day of the week (I Cor. 16:1-3). This giving is to be done cheerfully and lovingly (2 Cor. 9:7). We are instructed to give as we have been prospered (I Cor. 16:2).

4. Teach - Imparting the gospel message is an essential part of worship. Paul told young Timothy to "preach the word" (2 Tim. 4:2). This word is never to be compromised (2 Tim. 3:16, 17)

5. The Lord's Supper - Every first day of the week, Christians are to remember the Lord's body and blood through the Lord's Supper (Acts 20:7). This is a simple memorial the Lord Himself instituted (I Cor. 11:23-29). We are taught to concentrate on the cross, and our Lord's great sacrifice for us.

You will find all of these items of worship included in our praise to Him at the Carthage church. We strive to be disciplined with our time of praise, and so you can plan on each worship service lasting right at one hour.

Other Activities
In addition to our worship services, we offer many other activities for the whole family. These include, Bible classes, an active youth ministry, missions, a benevolence program and many other activities. More information about these programs can be found here.

You will not be embarrassed
When you come to worship with us at Carthage Church of Christ, we promise not to embarrass you, nor harass you in any way. We simply want to share the world's greatest message: God loves us so much that He gave His Son for us on a cruel Roman cross. We all need Him to be saved.

Come and share a simple, but scriptural and loving experience of worship, devotion, and study. Come and see at the Carthage Church of Christ!

                               --Taken from Getting to Know You by Steve Hale--

    

      

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SCHEDULE of SERVICES
Sunday Worship      9:00 AM
Sunday Bible Study 10:15 AM
Sunday Evening 6:00 PM (5th Sunday 12:30 PM)
Wednesday Evening 7:00 PM

 

ELDERS

Don Carter  

Jack Grisham

Jerry Phillips

Derrick Triplett

R.W. Vincent

Scotty Yeaman

 

DEACONS

Stan Agee

Barry Cook

Michael Hackett

Steve Harper

Kenneth Hensley

Jerry Hicks

Johnny Law

Joe Reeves

Cobie Sadler

Jeff Whited

 

                                   PULPIT MINISTER

Edward L. Anderson

 

                                   YOUTH MINISTER

Justin Mauldin

 

                                        SECRETARY

Elaine Wright

 

 
     
 

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