Candlelight church of Christ

4215 Watonga Blvd. Houston Texas 77092

Sunday School 9AM & Worship 10AM & 5PM | Wednesday Study 7PM
Phone 713-681-9365, Email
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Frequently Asked Questions



Why don't you use instrumental music?

Why do you take of the Lord's Supper every Sunday?

Why do you take up an offering?

Do you call your preacher a Reverend, or Minister, or Pastor?

What do you believe about prayer?

What happens when someone answers the invitation given in a church service?

Do you have Bible study?

Why does the church of Christ baptize only by immersion?

Is infant baptism practiced?

Does the church of Christ have a creed?



Why don't you use instrumental music?

We have no scriptural authority or example of instruments being used in the New Testament worship services. We are told to sing and we know that the apostles did sing therefore it is permissible and necessary to include singing in our worship, but not with the use of mechanical instruments. Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26, 1 Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, James 5:13
John 4:24 "God is Spirit". John 4:23 "...true worshipers will worship in Spirit and Truth".
Singing is the only form of music that truly comes from the Spirit. The Spirit brings life to the Physical body in human beings but they are separate entities.
An instrument of Music is a Physical, Man-made device for Man's Pleasure. Anything "Physical" is not, and cannot be "Spiritual".
Since an Instrument of Music "does not" have a "spirit", it is void, artificial and detrimental to a "Spiritual Gathering".
Anything "Artificial " is an imitation of the real thing and therefore "Un-True".
"Artificiality" and "Truth" are very close to being complete, contradicting opposites.
1) Can there be a "physical" "Spirit"?
2) Can there be an "Artificial" "Truth"?
3) Can there be a better example of oxymorons than question 1 and 2?

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Why do you take of the Lord's Supper every Sunday?

Christ instituted the Lord's Supper at His last Passover meal before his crucifixion (Matthew 26:26-29) and asked them to do this in remembrance of him. In I Corinthians 11:23-29 we are told how to partake of the Communion with our Lord. In Acts 20:7 we are shown that the disciples came together on the first day of the week (Sunday) for this purpose.

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Why do you take up an offering?

In I Corinthians 16:1-2 we are commanded to "lay by in store, as God has prospered him." We are to give back to God a portion of what He has blessed us with. We are taught in 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 and in 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 how we should give ourselves first to God, generously and cheerfully. The money received is used to support the Lord's work, both here and in other countries. We do not expect our visitors to give to the work here, although we appreciate any gift given to the Lord.

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Do you call your preacher a Reverend, or Minister, or Pastor?

We simply call our preacher our brother as we do other brothers in Christ. A minister is one who serves, but may not be a preacher. Likewise, a pastor, is used Biblically to refer to an elder, and, though an elder may be a preacher, a preacher is not always an elder. We do not use terms that note any distinction of one member over another, other than the terms used in the New Testament to refer to the positions of deacon or elder. (See Matthew 23:6-12)

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What do you believe about prayer?

Prayer is a part of the worship service as well as a part of our daily lives. It is the method God has arranged for Christians to communicate with Him through Christ. We pray daily, we pray in the will of God, we pray with confidence, we pray expecting and believing, we pray for strength, we pray for healing, and much more. (See James 5:16-19).

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What happens when someone answers the invitation given in a church service?

The one responding will be greeted by the minister. You will then be asked quietly for what purpose you have come forward. You will make known to him whether you need to be baptized, or restored to the fold or just want the prayers of the church to help with something through which you are going at the time. The invitation to become a Christian is always open. Anytime one has been taught the word of God and knows what action on their part is necessary to be added to the church he or she may respond to the ever open invitation to accept salvation. (See Matthew 11:28-30).

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Do you have Bible study?

Yes, we believe that there is no wrong time or day of the week to study the Word of God. Our congregation has Bible Study classes available for everyone who wishes to attend before our worship service on Sunday morning and on Wednesday evening. Study is also carried on at other times and days during the week in the homes of various members and daily on the internet. Ladies Bible Classes are currently held on Monday mornings at the church building. Times and days when group Bible study is available is determined by each congregation. (See 2 Timothy 2:15).

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Why does the church of Christ baptize only by immersion?

The word baptize comes from the Greek word "baptizo" and literally means, "to dip, to immerse, to plunge." In addition to the literal meaning of the word, immersion is practiced because it was the practice of the church in apostolic times. Still further, only immersion conforms to the description of baptisms as given by the apostle Paul in Romans 6:3-5 where he speaks of it as a burial and resurrection.

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Is infant baptism practiced?

No. Only those who have reached the "age of accountability" are accepted for baptisms. It is pointed out that the examples given in the New Testament are always of those who have heard the gospel preached and have believed it. Faith must always precede baptism, so only those who understand and believe the gospel are considered fit subjects for baptism. According to the teaching of Jesus, children are already model citizens of Heaven, therefore they are not lost until they are old enough to be responsible for their own actions and to know what to do to be saved. (See Matthew 19:14).

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Does the church of Christ have a creed?

No. At least, there is no creed in the usual sense of the word. The belief of the church is stated fully and completely in the Bible. There is no other manual or discipline to which the members of the church of Christ give their allegiance. The Bible is considered as the only infallible guide to heaven. If it is more than the Bible it is too much, if it is less than the Bible it is not enough and if it is the same as the Bible, we already have it!

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