You may notice some differences between the West Murray congregation and other churches you have been to before. We want you to know that these differences have to do with our desire to respect Biblical authority and not because we lack money or because we don't like to enjoy ourselves.
Specialization is often a good thing. At West Murray, we specialize in spiritual matters and letting the church be the church. While groups of our members often socialize together in individuals' homes, play golf together, eat together in restaurants, and so on, these are not activities that are sponsored by the West Murray church. There is simply no Biblical authority for the church to provide entertainment, recreational opportunities, or meals for its members. The apostle Paul said (1 Cor. 11:22): "What? Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God?" The work of local churches is clearly stated in scripture. Local churches serve as God's collectives for performing spiritual works (Eph. 4:12, 16). Local churches serve as the "pillar and ground of the truth," and they are to "sound out the word of the Lord" (1 Tim. 3:15; 1 Thess. 1:8; Acts 13:1 - 3).
Today many churches have diversified in trying to fulfill peoples' social needs as a way of drawing and keeping members. At West Murray we believe in letting the word of God be the power that draws and keeps members. Remember, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom. 10:17). It is the gospel that is God's power to save (Rom. 1:16; Jas. 1:21; 1 Cor. 15: 1,2). At West Murray our goal is to follow, as closely as possible, the pattern for the local church and for worship that is found in the New Testament.
If you have any questions about what you have read here, please don't hesitate to contact us. We would be honored to talk with you further or to have you attend one of our worship services
"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto Salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." - Romans 1:16