I’m looking for fellowship, but I’m not ready to attend a Sunday meeting yet. Can someone visit or call me?
What should I expect when I come to a meeting?
You should expect a warm welcome and to meet some joyful Christians. We love to sing with our hearts to the Lord and to speak to one another in psalms and hymns (Titus 1:4, Eph. 5:19). We encourage praises to God, prayer, and speaking from one another (1 Cor.14:26). Our meetings are frequently punctuated by “Hallelujah!”, “Amen!”, “Oh Lord Jesus!” and other joyful noises to the Lord (Psalm 100:1, Thes. 5:16, Phil. 2:11).
If your worship style is more meditative, you will also feel comfortable meeting with us. We are not for any particular outward form, practice, or liturgy. Our only goal is to worship the Lord in spirit and truthfulness (John 4:24).
Is there a dress code?
We have no dress code, and we simply encourage you to be led by the Spirit in all things (Rom. 8:14).
Who is your pastor?
Our church leadership, based upon scriptures, consists of a plurality of elders. God’s intention is that all of His believers would serve Him as priests (1 Pet. 2:5). All Christians have the innate capacity to contact God, worship God, be filled with God, pray to God, speak for God, and represent God (1 Acts 1:8, 1 Cor. 14:31, 1 Peter 2:9, Rom. 1:9).
Of course, the ascended Christ has given gifts to the Body which we treasure, including apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers (Eph. 4:11). There are many who serve as shepherds and teachers among us, including the elders of the church and others who have the spiritual gifts of shepherding and teaching (1 Pet. 5:1-3, Acts 20:28).
What denomination are you?
We are not part of any denomination. We follow the New Testament pattern which shows believers congregate on the basis of the locality in which they live (see Acts 8:1, 13:1, Rom. 16:1, 1 Cor 1:2). Because we live in or around Lowell, MA, we simply meet as the church in Lowell. As the church in Lowell, we receive all believers as Christ has also received us (Rom. 15:7).
What is your relationship with other churches?
We have a rich fellowship with thousands of other local churches throughout the world to express the one Body of Christ. Members in the church frequently travel to visit other churches both locally and internationally. There are frequent regional, national, international conferences and trainings throughout the year where we see more of the “breadth, length, height, and depth” of the Body of Christ (Eph. 3:18).
What kind of Bible do you use?
Probably the personal Bible collections of our church members are as diverse and expansive as any other congregation. But when we gather together for larger meetings we frequently find it useful to use the same text: the Recovery Version. The Recovery Version of The New Testament is based on the Nestle-Aland Greek text as found in Novum Testamentum Graece (26th edition) and is part of the great heritage of Bible translations through church history (including but not limited to KJV, ASV, NASB, and many other translations).
To receive a free copy of the Recovery Version of the New Testament, please visit Bibles for America.