The church at Eastside is a group of Christians who enjoy fellowship with God and with one another, and in that order. We are drawn to one another as we are first drawn to God.
Christians at Eastside believe in God’s word, the Bible; we have no man-made creed. We depend on God’s word for instruction in righteousness, whether that instruction involves character building or doctrinal matters. We regard the Bible as literal truth and have a uniform respect for its entirety, including the concrete statements concerning the creation and resurrection, as well as the abstract language seen in the parables of Jesus and in prophetic writings. Also, we regard the Bible as the authority for all that we do.
As an organization, the Eastside Church of Christ is independent. That is, we are not linked to other congregations in some sort of religious hierarchy. We are neither Catholic nor protestant. Nor are we denominational or sectarian. We are a local congregation, as designed by Christ, and unashamed of being called a “church.”
Our purpose as a church is to do what Christ intended the local church to do, nothing more and nothing less. We strive to serve God and help one another do the same. We evangelize, that is, teach lost souls about salvation in Jesus Christ. We assemble weekly to worship God in a collective sense. In these assemblies, we encourage one another spiritually. And we care for each others’ benevolent needs. Our hope is that in all things, God may be glorified.
At Eastside, our focus is spiritual. While many of our individual members have personal interests and expertise in healthy living, financial stability, career development, and other worthwhile concerns, our activities as a group remain those of a local church -evangelism, edification, and benevolence. This spiritual focus is kept in mind at all times, as we develop our teaching efforts and even as we design our facilities.
Doug Boland, Lonnie Corley, Bob Forrest, Blane Holder, Craig Roberts
Pete Bailey, Mark Beall, Chris Hill, Dan Kingsley, Matt Poppa, Paul Smith, Brian Winton
Our public worship services are God-centered. Our primary attraction in the public assembly is the Lord. We approach Him to give Him glory, to confess our sins, and to learn of His ways. But we also assemble for another purpose - to strengthen each other. In all of our public assemblies, visitors are welcome.
Every Sunday, the first day of the week, we observe the Lord's Supper. This is a memorial meal, not a common meal. As we eat the bread and drink the cup, we remember the body and blood of Jesus, the Son of God, who offered his life as a sacrifice for our sins.
Our weekly services also include singing Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. All members praise God and sing to one another, as our song worship is congregational rather than choir-based. The repertoire is designed more for worship than for entertainment, and thus it appeals more to worshippers than to singers. We sing old hymns and new hymns, as well as some gospel and contemporary songs - whatever is effective in praise and edification. Our musical instruments include our hearts and our lips.
Teaching and Preaching
Our services also include teaching and preaching. We hold Bible classes for all ages on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. The lesson material ranges from expository to topical, as teachers explore teachings in God's word and offer applications for godly living. We also have regular sermons in which our preachers instruct, correct and encourage the church. Examples of these sermons are posted on this web site. All of our teachers and preachers regard the Bible as God's inspired word. They strive to help us understand the ways of God with the ultimate purpose of glorifying Him, nurturing our souls, and helping others do the same.
We take up a collection on Sundays, the first day of the week. The collection is not a solicitation of funds from visitors. It is voluntary and considered a privilege for each member. The funds are not hoarded but are used to fulfil the purpose of the local church - teaching the lost, building up the membership, and addressing benevolent needs. About two-thirds of our treasury is spent on local and international evangelism.