What To Expect When You Attend
We hope that before long you will honor us with your presence at one of our Worship Services and Bible Classes. With all the religious division today and the many different denominations out there (1Cor. 1:13, Mark 3:24), we want to give you some idea of what to expect when you visit the Lord's Church in Cross Plains.
A WARM AND FRIENDLY WELCOME. We will let you know just how glad we are that you are here, but also at no time will we try to embarrass you in any way. You will find that we are a loving, caring and friendly group of the Lord's people. Who desire to serve the One and True God, in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
CHRIST CENTERED AND BIBLE BASED TEACHING. Christ is the focal point of all that we do. You will find Jesus and the salvation that He offers to be the main topic of our classes and worship services. The Bible is our text-book for learning about Jesus, the Church and how God would have us live. Paul declared that all Scripture is inspired of God (2 Tim. 3:16). We know the importantance of letting God speak to us through His Word (John 1:14).
WHAT IS THE WORSHIP SERVICE LIKE? First you should understand that worship is vital to all that we are and do. We were made to worship and serve God. Therefore, we do our best to make this evident, we do not engage in empty or man made worship (Matt. 15:9; Mark 7:7). We simply offer up the type of worship that God seeks as He has revealed to us through His word. Second, because Christ and the cross are at the center of our faith, the Lord's Supper is at the center of our worship (Luke 22:14-20; Acts 20:7). We participate in this symbolic meal as a reminder of Christ's death on the cross and the reality that He lives because He was resurrected (Luke 24: 1-9). We also take up a show of gratitude to God. Since Cross Plains church of Christ is an independent congregation all funds collected are used to further the work of the Church in the community and in the mission field. Singing is another vital aspect of our worship. We sing without mechanical instruments, because we are God's instruments, same as the early Christians. So everyone has the opportunity to participate (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). Singing is our way of expressing joy to God. We believe very much in prayer and when we come together to worship we offer prayer to God as a means of talking to and making request (John 16:23). In our service prayer will be led to convey our thanks to God. You will find only Bible based preaching. The goal of these messages are to encourage living as Christ teaches us to live. At the close of the sermon, the Lord's invitation is offered to give opportunity for those who are ready to follow Christ, turn from their sins and say so publicly and to be baptized (immersed) into Christ to have their sins forgiven them (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38-39; 1Pet. 3:21).
We eagerly await your visit.
Cross Plains church of Christ History
The Cross Plains church of Christ had it's beginnings in the summer of 1905, with a tent meeting at Greenwood. The Antioch, Kentucky church of Christ sent the tent and Brother L.K Harding to preach. Several baptisms resulted from this effort, but the exact number is not known.
The original families were the West, Dowell, Swann, Spain, Hayes and Powell families. Edna Graves, granddaughter of the Dowell family, is the only present-day member who is a direct decedent of these original families.
They worshipped in the Greenwood building for about five years. Then, they moved to Cross Plains and began worshipping in the Presbyterian church building until they were told they were no longer welcome.
Though few in number, they met this opposition with determination and faith and began meeting in members' homes. Brother Frank Jernigan preached the first sermon there. Mr. Gib Powell gave the members some land and the original auditorium was built in 1916. The members provided the materials and labor. During these early years, they could only get a preacher one or two times a month, but in the late 1940's they began having a preacher every Sunday. In 1950, Wednesday evening Bible study services began. In 1956, the congregation appointed it's first elders. Paul Covington, Russell Dorris, and W.J Hooper. During the 1950's the congregation was blessed with two different ministers: John Beckoff and Keith Robinson.
The church in Cross Plains continued to grow throughout the 1960's and 1970's and additions were made to the building.
Throughout the years the congregation has been blessed with wonderful gospel preachers and continued growth. William Richard served as minister for more than 10 years and was followed by Ronnie Williams. Danny Bowman was the first full-time minister followed by Joel Bradshaw. Jim Harbin, John Putnam and Jimmy Bradshaw preached here as well. Clay Ross came to serve the congregation until he retired. In June 2008, we welcomed Daniel and Aleta Flegert. They labored with the congregation here until January 1, 2014. On June 22, 2014, the congregation welcomed Brian and Lori Burnette. They served the congregation until August 5, 2015. Throughout the years, the church has been steadfast in its support of mission work, children's homes, benevolence and preaching and teaching God's Word in the Cross Plains area.