SERMONS FROM OUR YOUNG MEN
One of our young men, Blake Brown, currently is presenting sermons at Mill Creek on the first Sunday afternoon of each month. We post each of Blake's sermons on our Website the day following its presentation. If you would like to examine the text of any of those sermons (which we believe you will find educational, challenging, and uplifting), simply click on Blake's name or the link at the top of this page. [Sermons from two of our former young men, Justin Schumacher and Tyler Mullins, also may be found on our Website.]
MILL CREEK'S COOPERATIVE PRISON MINISTRY EFFORTS
The Mill Creek congregation works in conjunction with a number of congregations (including the Dardanelle Church of Christ, the Dover Church of Christ, the Ola Church of Christ, and others) to carry out an extensive jail ministry at the Pope County Detention Center. This decade-long effort has baptized and/or restored more than 1,500 people.
Directions to the Mill Creek building. The Mill Creek Church of Christ is located about seven miles west of Russellville, Arkansas, just off Interstate 40. The building can best be reached by taking the London exit (I-40, exit 74)and then Arkansas 333 0.3 miles south into the small town of London. At the "T" of Arkansas 333 and U. S. 64, turn left (east) and continue eastward 2.8 miles until reaching Mill Creek Road. Turn right (north) on Mill Creek road and go under the I-40 bridge spanning Mill Creek. Continue around the bend of the reservoir for 0.8 miles. The Mill Creek church building is a white-frame building on the right as you begin going up the hill.
About the ministers and congregation. The Mill Creek Church of Christ is served by Harold Turner and Jack Barber, who alternate preaching on every other Sunday. On the first Sunday afternoon of each month, our young men preach.
What you may expect when you visit Mill Creek. At Mill Creek, God's Word is considered to be the final authority for everything we teach and do. Bible classes and sermons are heavily Scripture based, and an effort is made to find a "thus saith the Lord" for all decisions and actions. The fact that song services are a cappella (without instruments—following the pattern of New Testament worship) is just one of the indications of our desire to "speak where the Bible speaks, and remain silent where the Bible is silent." Sunday school is at 10:00 a.m., and the morning worship service begins around 11:00. Sunday afternoon services are at 3:00 p.m.
Core beliefs. We believe that a person becomes a Christian when he or she believes in Jesus Christ as the Son of God (John 3:16), repents of a past life of sin (Luke 13:3,5), confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:10), and is baptized for the remission of his sins (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21). According to the teaching found in such passages as Acts 2:41 and Acts 2:47, those who obey the Gospel and become Christians are then automatically added by God to the church of Christ. No separate action needs to be taken, or can be taken, to add one to the church. No one "votes" a Christian into the church that Christ bought with His blood (Ephesians 5: 25-31).
The New Testament teaches that once a person becomes a Christian, he or she is cleansed continually while walking in the light (1 John 1:7ff.). However, if a Christian chooses to no longer walk in the light, and thus falls back into sin (2 Peter 2:20-22), he or she has "fallen from grace" (Galatians 5:4) and will be lost unless appropriate repentance takes place (Acts 8:22).
The Bible teaches that heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people (see the teachings of Matthew 25), and that judgment will be swift, without warning, and unavoidable (2 Peter 3:8-13). Thus, in view of these teachings we strive to lead dedicated lives for Christ each and every day.
|World Bible School. Several Mill Creek members are active in the World Bible School program, which teaches the Gospel of Christ to people in foreign lands. Of particular interest to Mill Creek has been the work in Nigeria. The total number of students taught through the mail by Becky Ware, Edwin and Joyce Shinn, Ted Shinn, and others of the congregation, easily exceeds ten thousand. The Mill Creek congregation also partially supports several missionaries in Africa (Nigeria, Tanzaniza, Uganda, and Congo), in addition to assisting various works in the United States.
|Assistance. If those of us at the Mill Creek Church of Christ may be of help in praying for or teaching someone, we will be happy to do so. Please contact Jack Barber (479/968-5405 or 479/967-4593) regarding such needs. If you need to contact us about this Website, you may do so by e-mailing Webmaster@MillCreekcoc.org.
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