About the Soddy Church of Christ

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

-2 Timothy 4:2 

History of the Soddy Church of Christ

The Soddy Church of Christ began in December, 1908, when three families met together on the Lord’s Day to worship God. Through the past century, the congregation has grown from those three families to a congregation of about 175 members and their families. When we assemble to worship, we participate together in worship as the New Testament authorizes. We do not seek to change the pattern which has been shown in the New Testament.

Worship at the Soddy Church of Christ

Our worship consists of:

  • Prayer:
    • Acts 2:42
    • Ephesians 6:18
    • 1 Thessalonians 5:17
    • Philippians 4:6
  • Singing
    • Colossians 3:16
    • Ephesians 5:19
    • Hebrews 13:15
    • As the New Testament has prescribed, we use vocal music only,
    • and the entire congregation sings together without a choir, soloists or praise team.
  • Lord’s Supper on the Lord’s Day:
    • Acts 20:7
    • Matthew 26:26-29
    • 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
  • Contribution:
    • 1 Corinthians 16:1-2
    • 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
  • Teaching:
    • In our Bible classes and sermons, it is our purpose to teach the
    • Word of God in a plain and simple manner, so that we may learn
    • what God’s will is, and how to make practical application of it in our lives.
    • Matthew 28:19-20
    • 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17

 

Purpose of the Soddy Church of Christ

Our purpose as a congregation of Christians is to pattern ourselves after the church which we read about in the New Testament. Jesus Christ, the son of God, established His church by His death, burial and resurrection.(Matthew 16:13-19; Acts 20:28;1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

We strive to pattern our individual lives and our church by the examples we learn from the New Testament. Since we find no authority in the New Testament for man-made creeds, rituals or organizations, we simply call ourselves Christians (Acts 11:26), and we are members of His church, the church of Christ(Romans 16:16).

Outreach of the Soddy Church of Christ

The Soddy church of Christ is actively involved in presenting the gospel of Christ throughout all the world by a variety of methods.

  • Mass media
    • “Gospel Broadcasting Network”
    • “In Search of the Lord’s Way”
    • “Truth For The World”
  • Local Media
    • “Know Your Bible” television
    • “House to House, Heart to Heart” publication
  • Support of local congregations
    • Big Spring, TN
    • Tooele, UT
  • Global ministry
    • Panama
    • Nicaragua
    • Preacher training
      • East Tennessee School of Preaching
      • Tri-Cities School of Preaching
      • Memphis School of Preaching
      • Zambia, Africa, School of Preaching
    • Benevolence
      • Greater Chattanooga Christian Services
      • Martin-Boyd Christian Center
      • Pearlington, MS. Church of Christ

Beliefs of the Soddy Church of Christ

  • We encourage and teach people to become Christians by obeying what the New Testament has to say about salvation. We do not wish to add to or subtract from what God’s word commands.
  • We are saved by God’s grace – Ephesians 2:4-10
  • We are saved by the blood of Christ – Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:8-9
  • We are saved by the gospel of Christ- Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
  • We are saved by the teaching of the gospel- Titus 2:11-14
  • What the gospel teaches us to do in order to be saved:
    • Hear the word of God – Romans 10:17
    • Believe that Jesus is the Son of God – John 8:24; Acts 8:37
    • Repent of our sins – Luke 13:3,5; Acts 3:19
    • Confess that Jesus is the Son of God – Romans 10:9-10
    • Be baptized for the remission of sins – Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21
  • When we obey the gospel, we are added by the Lord to His church – Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47

As members of the Lord’s church, we remain united with Him in doctrine and teaching. We do not wish to add any names or teaching which are not found in the New Testament. (1 Corinthians 1:10-15; Ephesians 4:1-6)

We invite you to worship with us at any of our services. You will be greeted by a group of friendly Christians. You will not be embarrassed in any way. Should you have any questions about our worship or the teaching of the Bible, please feel free to ask any of our members. We are simply trying to glorify God in everything we do (Matthew 5:16; Colossians 3:17).