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About Metro Church of Christ

The Metro church of Christ, located in Gresham, Oregon, has been ministering to the community and the world since 1979. We have come to be known as, “The church with a heart.”

Our mission is to be a Christ-focused family committed to living for God, loving each other, and leading our community and the world to Jesus.

We believe that the Bible is the inspired, authoritative, Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that the forgiveness of sins, salvation and eternal life can be found in none other (John 3:16; John 14:6).

Our ministries address families, youth, people in need, community service, personal spiritual growth and development, and missions that are local and world-wide.

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

“He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3:9

We are focused, led, and committed people who want to follow God and do His will. God calls us to obey and follow Him through His will and word (Deuteronomy 7:4-11; Luke 14:25-33). Jesus also tells us that as disciples we must love each other (John 13:33-34). God is a God who loves people and desires that all people be saved (Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 1 Timothy 2:3-4). Since the Spirit is leading us, we are willing to go wherever God calls. Whether it is Albania, Mexico, Uganda, the inner city, or in our neighborhoods, we are a people who want to lead our world and community to Jesus.
Because of these convictions we are committed to preaching the Word of God and living for Christ wherever we go. All people have sinned and need Jesus (Romans 3:23-24; Ephesians 2:11-15). God is a God of grace and mercy and brings forgiveness, through the death of Jesus Christ, to those who turn to Him and obey Him (Titus3:1-5; Hebrews 5:8-10).

This grace and salvation come when people choose to obey God by believing in His son, repenting, confessing their sins, and being baptized into Jesus (Acts 2:36-38, www.bebaptized.org). It is a choice that all people must make because God has given us the chance to choose or reject Jesus (John 1:10-13; 20: 30-31).

People are saved by God’s grace, which comes with a price, the death of Christ and our death to Christ (Matthew 10:39; Luke 9:23-27; Romans 6:1-12;12:1-2; Ephesians 2:6-10).
We believe that true healing can only come in Christ (John 8:31-34).
When people make the choice to change their lives and put on Christ in baptism they are added to His church (Galatians3:25-29; Acts 2:47). The Spirit is within them and they are children of God, led by the Spirit (Acts 2:38-39; Romans 8:5-17).

As children we have a responsibility to live in the image of our Father and to reflect His nature and character to the world. The Spirit helps transform our lives so that we may become like the Father (Matthew 5:43-48;Colossians 3:1-17).

The Metro Church of Christ seeks to live in the image of God by worshipping together, teaching those around us about God’s mercy and love through Jesus, living by the Spirit showing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control; and honoring God’s character in the world.

When you hear the message of the Gospel of Jesus and decide to believe in Him (John 3:16) you confess devotion to Him (Matthew 10:32), decide to repent of your life of sin, and are baptized by being immersed in water (Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21) for the forgiveness of your sins, you become a new creation in Christ(Galatians 3:25-29). You are born again of water and spirit (John 3:1-6) and begin the great road to growth in the Kingdom of God (Romans 6:1-7; 2 Corinthians 7:8-13). Your whole life changes!

What Does It Mean To Be A Member At Metro Church of Christ?

Membership has traditionally been a term used for clubs, groups, organizations, or teams. While many churches have tried different terms such as workmanship, on the role, or identified with this congregation the terminology means the same.

Membership in the church means that we are an active part of that community of faith. While some churches have suggested that the church is universal we believe that the church can also be local. God desires each church to have elders in each city (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5). The elders are the shepherds and overseers of each church (Acts 20:17-34; 1 Peter 3:1-5). Their responsibility is to pastor (shepherd) the flock of God, and help members develop, mature, and practice ministry in each church (Ephesians 4:11-16). Members respect and support these leaders in their congregations (Hebrews 13:17).

Members attend church regularly (Hebrews 10:22-25). Jesus went to the synagogue every Sabbath because He knew that the assembly was necessary to encouragement and spiritual growth (Luke 4:14-16).

When we come together we do not observe worship (as was done at the temple) but we participate in worship. We do this when we sing, pray, listen, and take communion every week together (Ephesians 5:19-20; Colossians 3:16-18; Acts 20:7). Since the church needs money to continue its ministry we give every week and in special circumstances (1 Corinthians 16:1-3).

Finally, members submit to Christ and extend His ministry through the Spirit. Jesus is the head of the church, which is His body. He is our only head and authority (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18). While He is our chief shepherd he has delegated leadership gifts to elders, deacons, ministers, missionaries, teachers, and other workers in the church (Acts 6:1-6; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 1:1).

These leaders help the members practice God’s ministry to the world through acts of mercy, service, aid, and preaching the gospel of Jesus (Ephesians 2:10; Titus 2:14; 3:8; Acts 8:4). We also practice the ministry of Jesus by promoting unity and harmony in His body, which is the church (Ephesians 4:1-6). Just as we have one Lord, so we are united as one body.

Members of the Metro Church of Christ are simply, Christians. We must be people who turn from sin and reject Satan. We have turned to God and been baptized into Jesus by being born of both water and Spirit (John 3:1-6).

After our conversion the Spirit leads us to continue to turn from sin daily. We do this by resisting the devil and becoming like Jesus through prayer and spiritual discipline. Satan has no part of our lives and we ask him to flee from our presence (James 4:7). We worship and commune weekly together and avoid gossip, division, and hatred of our brothers and sisters in Christ. We love all people, share the good news of Jesus, and practice acts of mercy and love for all men, women, and children.

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