He is the one true God. Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1 and 26-27 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, John 14:26, I Peter 1:2, II Corinthians 13:14)
That He is truly God and truly man, existing for all eternity and having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a life without sin, was crucified on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven where He now reigns as our High Priest and Mediator. (Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5, 8:58, 10:30-38, 12:45, 14:10-30, 17:5,24, Hebrews 1:3, 4:14-15, 7:3, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4)
That His ministry is to glorify Jesus Christ and during this age, to convict men of sin, indwell, guide, instruct, comfort and empower the believer for godly living and service. We further believe that all Christians have been promised the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Although we cannot dictate the Holy Spirit as to when and where He acts, the promise of His presence may be claimed at the point of conversion (Acts 2:38). The Holy Spirit then gives gifts of ministry to each one for the good of the body (I Corinthians 12:4-7). We do not believe that sign gifts exist to prove someone is saved nor should they be practiced to draw attention to the individual.
Both Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 1:13, Psalm 12:6, 119:105 and 160, Proverbs 30:5.)
Man fell into sin willfully and is therefore alienated from God and without hope apart from the blood of Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2.)
Salvation is through the grace of Jesus only and paid for by His blood. (Ephesians 1:7) No amount of work on man’s part can earn it. (Ephesians 2:8,9) People are called to believe and accept Jesus as the only Savior for sin. (Acts 15:7) People are expected to confess belief in Christ. (Matthew 10:32) People confirm that decision in water baptism. (immersion) (Acts 8:35-38) Jesus then instructed to go and make disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20) Baptism was practiced in the Church from its beginning. (Acts 2:38-41)
He desires to “kill, steal, and destroy” the Church and that he is ruler over the present world system. (Job 1:6ff, Matthew 4:1, John 10:10, II Corinthians 11:14, II Thessalonians 2:8-9, Hebrews 2:14, Ephesians 6:12, I Peter 5:8, I John 3:8)
Only those who have come to faith through Jesus Christ are a part of that church both locally and universally (Colossians 1:18). We believe that since the Lord is the head of the church, that every local church has the right, under Christ, to govern its own affairs.
All the dead will be resurrected – the believer to everlasting joy with the Lord – the unbeliever to everlasting punishment. Heaven and Hell are both very real. (II Thessalonians 1:9, II Peter 2:4-9 and 3:7, Jude 13, Revelation 20:15)
Stewardship is the giving back to God in areas of money, abilities and time. God is the giver of all good and perfect gifts and therefore the owner of all things before and after they have been given to us. He promises to reward with His blessings those who faithfully give back to Him. His blessings are given in accordance with man’s faithfulness and generosity. (James 1:17, Luke 6:38, Romans 12:8, II Corinthians 9:7, Malachi 3:8-10)
Our Sunday morning services are relaxed and comfortable. You will feel welcomed as soon as you arrive on campus. Our music is lively and connective, the teaching is Biblically based relevant to your life, and our fellowship is genuine and refreshing. Come early and visit our cafe to get a drink before service, or spend some time visiting with friends in the lobby.
We have three adult worship service times, 8:30am, 9:45am, & 11:15am. Each service is identical, so pick the time that works best for your family. Our cafe is open all morning long, and we have a Connection Center available for you to find out more information about what's going on and what are studying as a church family.
Kingdom Kritters is the place on Sunday morning for all children ages birth through Pre-K, and it's available in the Early Childhood area next to the Worship Center. Kids Klub is in the Youth And Children's Center for kids in grades K-4 during the second and third services. There are core classes at the 9:45 service for students in grades 5-12, and you can find more details here.
Each Wednesday night during the school year we gather together for teaching and for fellowship. Adults have the opportunity to be involved in classes and Bible studies, and children and students have programming designed just for them. Wednesday nights are casual and fun, so come with your whole family and experience God moving through the fellowship of his people.
Wednesday nights start at 6:30pm. The first evening for Fall 2013 will be September 4. The cafe is open with a special dinner menu each Wednesday night.
Children birth through Pre-K have programming in the Early Childhood area (just off the worship center). Kids in grades K-4 have a special gathering of Kids Klub in the Children's Ministry Hallway. Middle school students have a worship service called Elevate that meets in the Youth And Children's Center (YACC- in the middle section of our main building). Junior high and high school students have a worship service called ECHO, which meets in the Student Ministry Center (separate building at the north end of campus).
At Christ’s Church we believe it is vital to connect to others in healthy and growing relationships. Jesus never intended us to go through the joys and trials of life alone. A Life Group is a place for each of us to be real with each other so that we can help each other along toward maturity in Jesus.
Life Groups meet throughout the week. Most groups meet on weeknights, but some meet during the day, morning, or on weekends. Life Groups meet in each other’s homes all over the greater Joplin area.
Life Groups gather together to go through a lesson that is based on the sermon from the previous week. The lesson includes a time of Bible study, application, and prayer. This allows for a natural growth as groups experience true community and become a picture of the Church.
In 1953, 33 people gathered in Jesus name and called themselves Christ’s Church. We are blessed because they did and because they remained faithful to being a New Testament Church. On this unusable farmland for close to 60 years, people have been coming to be inspired, strengthened, challenged and led to live a life of faith. It hasn’t always been easy, comfortable or flawless, but it has always been real people, living real lives and experiencing the reality of Jesus who is our living Savior.
What would have made a rough place to farm has become a place of significant harvest. God has shown himself to be faithful, His word has been the purpose of our meetings and lives have been resurrected by the power of Jesus.
It has been said, “someone sits in the shade today, because another planted a tree a generation ago”. We desire that our legacy as participants in the ministry of Christ’s Church of Oronogo today will be the same legacy of faithfulness, sacrifice and love that has provided shade for our children’s generation as our spiritual parents provided for us.
On December 5th, 1953 a meeting was held in the home of Bob and Mae Moss to organize a new church. After that initial meeting, 33 people gathered together to name this new church, Christ’s Church. This Church wanted to return to a simple Biblical, New Testament Christianity. This new congregation met in the home of Bob and Mae until March of 1954 at which point they signed a lease agreement to go to what they called the summer home or otherwise known as "The Rustic Inn."
In January of 1959, with $105 saved for a new building the congregation decided to purchase a building in Neck City and salvage that building for materials to build their new meeting place. The price of that building was $250. Though they owned no land on which to build, the leaders purchased 3,300 feet of hard maple flooring from the skating rink in Neck City for $198 to be used as the floor on the new place as God provided. Later they purchased an acre of what had been deemed “unusable farm land” for $175 and that land is where Christ’s Church of Oronogo still exists.
In March of 1959, a decision was made to build a basement on the property and begin to worship in that space until funds could be saved for the completion of the entire structure. Upon completion of the basement they closed their lease at the Rustic Inn and held all services on the property. The congregation met on this facility for the very first time on Valentine’s Day 1960 and would continue to gather for worship in that facility for the next 5 years. The basement meeting place was useful and attendance grew to over 100 people regularly. After 5 years and $18,000 dollars the completed first full church building was dedicated on October 31, 1965.
During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s additions were added to the building to the east and west to accommodate the growth that was coming to the Webb City and Oronogo communities. The congregation had grown by this time to a church of 200 in average attendance. A decision was needing to be made to go to two services or to build a new worship place. The leadership after prayer decided to build and began the plans.
In July of 1991 plans were drawn up to build a new worship center that could hold 450 people to accommodate the growth of the church family. On Valentine’s Day 1993 the build was completed and the first worship service was held. This was 33 years to the day that the basement of the very first place of worship had been dedicated in use. In just one brief year in April of 1994, the congregation grew to such a size that the leadership decided to go to two services.
A year later, the leadership decided to build another worship center that could hold 700 participants. It was opened on Easter in 1998 and over 1000 people came to worship Jesus that day. In 2001, the classes that wrap around that worship center (currently our Youth and Children’s Center and Adult Ministry Center) was completed and put to use.
In 2009 the Student Ministry Center was completed on the north end of the ever-increasing acreage. This was a blessing to provide a dedicated space for the increasing number of Junior and Senior High students participating in the ministry.
In 2011, our newest worship center was finished allowing us to seat 1250 people in any of our 3 morning worship services. We also remodeled and added a new Early Childhood Education area for ages from nursery through preschool. God has called people to this place and we desire to be found faithful in serving them, discipling them and sending them into all parts of the world.
Mae Moss, who generously opened her home to that initial group of believers, shared these words in 1995 to her children:
“These years have passed and our wonderful God has supplied. Often through anonymous giving, faithfulness of His saints and unexpected happenings, every need has been met. I stand amazed at what our Lord has allowed to be accomplished through this small insignificant beginning. When I survey the crowd each Lord’s Day, I stand in awe. I doubt that anyone of the 33 original members have the slightest vision of the enormity with which this congregation has grown these past few years. I think back to the dear saints now gone to be with the Lord that labored here through the hard and lean years. I hope they can know how God has allowed this kind of growth and honored their faithfulness with their heart’s desire. I am so thankful to be a minute part of this family at Christ’s Church of Oronogo. I have seen many changes in buildings, in worship and in faces. My prayer shall always be that this body of believers will remain true to the Word of God and never compromise on truth. May God be praised.”