Contrary to popular opinion, God has made it clear to us in the Bible that faith is not a private affair. Most of the New Testament (the books and letters written by Jesus' apostles) is written to groups of believers who worshipped together, shared their resources, and held one another accountable to understand and obey God's Word (both the Jewish scriptures, or the Old Testament, and the apostles' writings). Most of the commands in the New Testament make no sense outside the context of local church communities.
There are several local churches in the Keene area that teach the gospel of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Although there are distinctives that differentiate us, each has a role to play in uniting Christ's followers to one another in love and mutual commitment. The Bible calls the local church the "household of faith" – a family (Galatians 6:10). We are no longer orphans, and we should no longer live as orphans. We have been adopted by a loving father, and we should commit ourselves to our brothers and sisters in Christ with a bond that is stronger even than flesh-and-blood relationships (Hebrews 2:11; Matthew 19:29).
If you have questions about anything you've read here, please feel free to call our office or join us on Sunday morning.