Copyright © 2017 Loop 287 Church of Christ
Thank you for wanting to know more about us. The Loop 287 Church of Christ is a body of baptized believers who hold no doctrine but that found in God’s word. We simply believe that we ought to be a church that follows after the pattern of the New Testament. Our authority is Christ. Our name is Christian. Our creed is the Bible. Our theme is the gospel. Our hope is heaven.
We want you to know upfront that we are not a social club, a political forum, a welfare institution or a civic organization. We deplore the fact that so many religious organizations have suppressed the true purpose of the Lord’s church beneath civic, social and domestic affairs. Changing the church into a social club would be against the scriptures and would cheapen the very institution for which Jesus died (Ephesians 3:10-11; Acts 20:28).
Our primary concern is with the spiritual needs of men and women -- their need for God, for forgiveness of sins, for genuine God-pleasing worship and for pure lives (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). For this reason, the church, founded by Jesus Christ, fulfills a need that no human institution can perform.
As in the New Testament, this congregation consists of bishops, deacons and saints (Philippians 1:1). The bishops (also known as elders, overseers, shepherds or pastors in the Bible) have been appointed to shepherd the church (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). They include Ted Eddins, James King, Jim McDonald, and Michael Parker. Similarly, our deacons were ordained to serve (1 Timothy 3:8-13). All members are saints, those who have been set apart by God (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). They are Lynn Chesser, Dan Eddins, Mike Eddins, Richard Harris, Allen Lyons, Richard McCary, Charlie McLain, Bob Ruby, and Chad Stewart. Not only are the bishops and deacons numbered among the saints, but also there are two preachers or evangelists, Kyle Campbell and Jim McDonald, who work with the congregation (2 Timothy 4:2-5). We are independent in both organization and work. We have no affiliation with any denominational organizations or any other body established by man.
The Loop 287 Church of Christ takes seriously the charge of the Lord when He said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). Therefore, we are involved in spreading the gospel through many different avenues. In addition to this website, we have a free teaching bulletin which is mailed out weekly. Moreover, this church is actively involved in supporting preachers at home and abroad. We have been heavily involved in the Philippines, supporting men in their travels to the islands, as well as supporting native Filipino preachers.
We know that some are reluctant because they do not know what to expect when they attend. We do not want this to be a hindrance, so we want you to know that you will not be embarrassed by being asked to stand, raise your hand or be singled out from the rest of the audience by testifying or telling an experience. You will also not be asked for money. You will not hear the preaching of human creeds and dogmas. Every lesson will be Bible-centered and Bible-directed.
On the other hand, you should expect a courteous and sincere welcome because you are our honored guest and a devoted effort to observe Bible authority in all matters. You should also expect Bible classes for every age group. We encourage group discussion and audience participation in our classes, and you may join in the discussion if you wish, but no one will be called upon to participate against their will. If you would like additional study, we will be glad to accommodate you. You will also see simple practices of the first century church, performed every first day of the week (Acts 20:27), as described and observed in the New Testament:
To help you find the information of your interest on this website, please use our search function found on every page. We will regularly post sermons and articles on their respective pages. Materials useful in general Bible study or Bible classes can be found on our “Study Aids” page. We are deeply indebted to the scholarship of several men to make this material possible. Also included in this area is our “Resources” page, where you will find links to various materials that will enhance your knowledge. We also have a blog where six brief articles are posted each month, and comments are welcome. Our “Assemblies” page will give you information about when we meet if you are ever in our area. Finally, if you would like to know more about this congregation or would like to ask questions about the material found on this site, please use the information on the “Contact Us” page. Many of our pages will be updated regularly, so please check back often. We also have an RSS feed if you have a compatible web browser. Our feed tracks the last 50 items that have been changed or posted to our site. Simply click on the link near the top of the page to subscribe. Finally, you can join us on Facebook where discussions and up-to-date events are regularly posted. The button at the top will direct you to the page and you can become a fan.
If you want to return to the simple, uncomplicated religion of Christ, then know that such a possibility exists. Please accept our invitation to enjoy plain, undenominational Bible teaching!