A Special Family
There are all kinds of people who make up the family at Northridge. We have native Ohioans and "imports", extroverts and some quiet types. Each person is important and brings unique qualities to the family. With such diversity, we sometimes disagree, but we always care for and about each other. Families are like that.
We take seriously the biblical teachings about the brother-sister relationship we have in Christ. There is no elevated clergy-class, and we have no national or central headquarters. The family is led by local men who have been recognized by the congregation as having the spiritual maturity to provide guidance and counsel.
Many other men and women are asked to serve the family in various ways, some highly visible, some more discreet, but all vital to the health of the family.
We invite you to be a part of this special family.
Learning To Live
The Bible is the word of God, given to us for our own well-being. As such, it is in our best interest to learn and to live according to what God has said in scripture. Although we may sometimes struggle in living out God's instruction, we will not willfully modify biblical teachings to accommodate our personal preferences.
We believe that the Bible sets the standard for personal faith and behavior, and for guiding the church in all that it does. Since God is the Father of this family, our major responsibility is to learn what He wants us to do and to serve Him faithfully. We are confident that whatever pleases our Father will also be to our benefit.
Our common bond is faith in Jesus Christ, and our common need is God's grace. Our commitment is to please God by living lives that are guided by His will as revealed in the bible and through the events which make up our daily lives. We are all involved in the process of learning to live the best life possible.
Our major event each week is the Sunday morning assembly, when we meet for worship and mutual encouragement. We are committed to honoring God by worshipping in a way that is clearly authorized in the Bible. Though our personal tastes and preferences may vary, only by obeying Scripture can we be sure that we do what God desires.
The Lord's Supper: Each baptized believer anticipates the privilege of observing the Lord's Supper each Sunday, in accordance with New Testament example.
The Offering: Every Sunday, members are invited to contribute financially to support the activities of the family.
The Preaching: The sermon is intended to present Bible teaching that will guide and strengthen members throughout the week.
Singing: Everyone is invited to sing A Cappella, according to New Testament example.
Prayers: Prayers will be led that express the spiritual and physical concerns of the entire group.
We give great emphasis to knowing what our Father wants us to know and to living the way He wants us to live. For these reasons, Bible study plays an important role in family activities. Structured Bible classes are offered for adults and children beginning at age 3 months. Curriculum is presented in such a way to encourage those of all ages to reinforce their Bible knowledge by reading and studying the scriptures regularly at home.
Much of the class material for our children has been developed by our local teachers, and all of it offers a thorough introduction to biblical themes and stories. a family library is available which includes children's books, videos, puzzles, and games, providing parents and teachers with additional teaching resources.
Our adults and teen Bible classes are designed to provide a broad and balanced coverage of various subjects. Some classes study specific books of the Bible, while others address practical topics that aid Christians in everyday life.
Born Into The Family
As a general rule, people don't join families; they are born or adopted into them. That's the way it is in the family of God.
Through obedience to God's word, and through a heartfelt response to the Savior's love, members of this family are people who believe and confess that Jesus is the Son of God; who repent of their sins; and who have been baptized (i.e., immersed in water) for the forgiveness of their sins.
"He who believes and is baptized will be saved." Mark 16:16
"Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins." Acts 22:16
"Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name." Acts 22:16
"For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ." Galatians 3:27
In order to be part of the family of God describes in His word, we attempt to faithfully adhere to the truth revealed in scripture, and teach that without faith, confession, repentance, and baptism, the birth process is incomplete.
2211 Needmore Rd.
Dayton, OH 45414
P.O. Box 13553
Dayton, OH 45414