WEEK OF 8/2/2020
We are worshiping with multiple churches at the Fairgrounds this week!
AT HOME RESOURCES FOR KIDS
You can find our Sunday Kids Video above. We want to encourage you to watch it with your kids and use the Parent Guide below.
Our Wednesday night is provided here to the bottom right. You can create a free account at open.life.church and download all of the files.
WHAT IS OUR MISSION?
Simply stated it is: To turn lost people into sold-out followers of Christ.
We believe that the primary purpose of our existence is to…
Bring people into a relationship with Jesus
Nurture their total commitment to Jesus
We have come to that conclusion by…
* Looking at the words of Jesus about himself; “For the Son of Man came to seek and save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
* Looking at His life which demonstrated this stated purpose.
* By deciding to obey his final command to us, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19)
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We accept the Bible as the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.
(Isaiah 40:8; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12; II Timothy 3:16)
We believe that man, created by God, willfully sinned and as a result, is lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ.
(Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23)
We believe that salvation (the forgiveness of sins) comes by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; I Peter 1:18-19; I John 1:7)
We believe the Bible teaches that the pattern to receive Christ as Savior is, to believe in Christ as God’s son and Savior of the world, to repent of personal sin, to confess Christ as Lord, and to be immersed in baptism. Each of these is clearly taught in the Word of God.
(Romans 5:1-2; Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19, 17:30; II Peter 3:9; Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9-10; I John 4:15; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:21)
We believe that the Church is the body and bride of Christ, founded on the day of Pentecost, consisting of all Christians everywhere.
(Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47)
We believe that God has ordained elders to exercise spiritual leadership and authority over the local congregation.
(Acts20:28; I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:1-4)
We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person.
When Christ returns, He will formally pronounce the eternal fate of each individual, both living and dead. The saved will be assigned eternal life, the unsaved, eternal separation from God.
(John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11; 19:23; John 5:29; Daniel 12:2)
STAFF AND ELDERS
WEEKLY SERVICE TIMES
Sunday School, Worship, Children's Church, Nursery
We have SUNDAY SCHOOL classes for ALL age groups on Sunday mornings at 10:00a. At 8:30a and 11:15a we gather for our main WORSHIP SERVICE, which includes CHILDREN'S CHURCH (K-5) and NURSERY (Birth-4)
Fellowship and Bible Study, Youth Group, Children's Ministry, Nursery
When school is in session we meet every Wednesday night from 5:30p-6:30p in our Fellowship Hall for a meal. At 6:30p we break into our Bible Study Groups. We have NURSERY (Birth-4), YOUTH and CHILDREN'S programming, and ADULT groups.
First Sunday Potluck, New Around Here Lunch, Tuesday Prayer, Adult Bible Studies
Join us for our CHURCH-WIDE, MONTHLY POTLUCK BRUNCH, the 1st Sunday of every month at 10:00a. Bring a dish and your family. We meet for prayer on TUESDAY nights at 7:00p in the lobby. We also have other adult bible studies for men and women throughout the week.
We seek to contribute to the completion of the Great Commission by:
1) Aggressively praying for global evangelism
2) Supporting church planting & discipleship – both nationally and internationally
3) Mobilizing and equipping church leaders in other countries, and
4) Exponentially growing the number of First Christian members involved in Missions
STRONG HEARTS INTERNATIONAL
Strong Hearts International’s mission is to bring about transformation from the inside out in every part of the world. Strong Hearts operates many projects in Ethiopia and is currently expanding. Strong Hearts plants churches, feeds children, teaches life skills, and disciples new believers.
Missionary Dale Mueller and his sending church, Havre, Montana, are associated with the Independent Christian Churches / Churches of Christ, whose heritage is rooted in the Restoration Movement. Accordingly, we are nondenominational and seek to establish independent and nondenominational churches and institutions for the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations of the world.
HAITIAN CHRISTIAN MISSION
HCM exists to empower the Haitian church to build better communities and better relationships between God and man through Jesus Christ; and to help the Haitian people rise above dependencies and achieve personal sustainability through their own God-given resources. They do this through church planting, medical missions, sports ministry, education, and nutrition ministries.
HRDC (HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL)
District 6 HRDC is a community-based, 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization that partners with government, private entities and other nonprofit organizations to provide comprehensive services needed to help low-income individuals and families become self-sustaining and productive members of our community.
LITTLE ROCKIES CHRISTIAN CAMP
Little Rockies Christian Camp exists to train youth for Christian service. LRCC is about 85 miles from Lewistown and is supported by the Christian Churches of Central Montana. Each summer there are a number of different camps that provide different environments for youth to learn who Jesus is and what it looks like to follow him.
CLDI (COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INC.)
As is the case with many low-income neighborhoods, the South Side of Billings is certainly marked by stigmas that are often associated with “poor neighborhoods.” To an outsider our community is south of the tracks, the part of town you simply want to avoid; blanketed with service organizations such as correctional facilities, half-way houses, drug and rehab facilities, a homeless shelter; the place with the most condensed population of felons; often home of the worst crimes; you name it, it’s probably here. Yet, despite how the South Side may be understood by others, we are a community of great tradition, rich history, proud identity, and yes, community. So is this the heart of CLDI: to leverage that which is good in the community for the transformation and empowerment of persons in South Billings through the person of Jesus Christ.
PINEHAVEN CHRISTIAN CHILDREN’S RANCH AND SCHOOL
ST. IGNATIUS, MT
Pinehaven is a residential, year-round program aimed at providing a stable, controlled, secure environment in which young people can reach the potential that God has placed within them.
KATIE’S HOUSE (SALTCREEK MINISTRIES)
Salt Creek Ministries is a non-profit organization that oversees Katie's House. Katie's House is a transitional living house that was started for women to help them begin a new life after graduating rehabilitation.
BOISE BIBLE COLLEGE
Boise Bible College develops well-equipped leaders for the Lord's church who maintain a servant's heart, live with integrity, and hold a Biblical worldview as they serve the church.
We excel in preparing Christian leaders for all levels of church ministry and are an extension ministry of the local church as we equip individuals for a lifetime of Christian service.