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Our Staff

Richard Allen
    Minister

Richard Allen
    Associate Minister

Sandra Tomlin
    Bulletin Announcements

Ryan Edde
    Treasurer & Website Administrator

Crystal Edde
    Website Administrator

Melissa Bryant
    Website Administrator

LogoBlackman Church of Christ
1353 Brinkley Road Map
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
Phone: 615-893-0064
Email: blackmanchurchofchrist.org@rallen

 

Service Times

Sunday Morning Worship 9 am

Sunday Morning Bible Class 10:15 am

Sunday Evening Worship 6 pm

Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7 pm

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What You Can Expect

Order of Worship

A Welcome and Introduction by one of our men will begin our worship service. He will invite any visitors to take a card from the back of the pew and fill it out. This is so we can have a record of your attendance. You can put the card in the collection plate when it is passed.

Announcements will then be made pertaining to upcoming events.

Singing will follow the welcome. One of our song leaders will direct us in congregational singing. You will notice we will sing A Cappella, meaning we do not use instruments. It may interest you to know that A Cappella literally means "as in the churches...". Please feel free to join us in our singing. We try to focus on the words and offer praise from our hearts to God. 

Prayer and Scripture reading will follow after a few songs. Our reading will typically be a verse that pertains to the sermon. Prayer is a tremendous blessing and a vital part of our worship. 

Singing of one or two more songs will follow the prayer.

A lesson of from the Bible will be presented by our minister. He will conclude his lesson by offering an invitation to any who wish to become a Christian or who have some special prayer request from the church.

Singing a song representing this invitation will immediately follow the lesson.

Communion or Lord's Supper will follow the singing. The cracker (bread without yeast) and grape juice (fruit of the vine) were used by Jesus to represent his body and blood the night before he was crucified. He instructs us to use this "supper" or meal to remember his death until he comes again. As the Christians did in the New Testament, we take the Lord's Supper every Sunday. The trays containing the cracker and grape juice will be passed down each pew. You may choose to partake or simply pass the trays along to the next person or to the usher at the end of the pew. 

Collection of the contribution will follow Communion. We do not expect you to give us money. This is an opportunity for our members to "on the first day of the week, lay by in store as God has prospered us".

Singing of one or two more songs will follow the communion.

 A closing prayer will end the worship service. After worship service is concluded, please take a few minutes to meet others and let us get to know you.

We cordially invite you to be a guest at our worship assembly at any time.

 

What is the Church of Christ?

The New Testament is the only place to which we can turn to learn about the church of Christ. We recall that the church is described as the eternal purpose of God (Eph. 3:9-11). It is obviously very important. It is necessary, therefore, that we are educated by the New Testament and not by the ideas of men.

The New Testament teaches us what the church is, and what the church should be today, according to the plan of God.

First, the church was built and purchased by Christ (Matt. 16:18; Acts 20:28). No one has the right to start a church as a divinely approved institution (cf. 1 Cor. 1:10-13). Christ, the Son of God, is the only one qualified, and he has established his church (cf. Eph. 4:4; 1:22-23).

After religious division arose within the church at Corinth, Paul asked some probing questions. “Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” (1 Cor. 1:13). The church belongs to Christ on the basis of these gospel truths. He died for it. He built it. He lays down requirements through which we can belong to him. The church belongs to Christ. He is the head of the church (Col. 1:18).

Second, the church that belongs to Christ began on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2. Religious bodies that have their origin in Rome, Zurich, London, or any other place but Jerusalem, are ones that started in the wrong places. The Lord’s church was founded by Christ through the preaching of the apostles in Jerusalem, corresponding to Old Testament prophecy (Is. 2:2-4).

When the gospel was preached by Paul, and others, throughout the ancient world, different denominations were not set up. Whenever the pure gospel of Christ was taught, just as it was preached for the first time in Jerusalem, the result was simply Christians who belonged to Christ — collectively the church of Christ — when people obeyed the gospel.

If there was no congregation of the Lord’s church in your hometown, and you started teaching others about the death of Jesus, the benefits of his redemptive blood, and the requirements of the New Testament to have the forgiveness of sins — you would not be setting up a denomination. Rather, you would be following the New Testament pattern, and those who obey the gospel would be a part of the Lord’s church. The church of Christ would then exist in your hometown, and the New Testament alone would be its guide for work and worship.

Third, only divinely appointed names were worn by the church. Such designations like church of Christ (Rom. 16:16) and church of God (1 Cor. 1:2) are scriptural names that describe the church as belonging to Christ and God.

“The church of Christ” is not a denominational title that describes a religious institution established by men. Rather, it is the collective reference to the people of God in the world — people who follow the New Testament teaching regarding the church.

Fourth, being saved is the way to membership in the Lord’s church (Acts 2:47). There should be no mistake as to the method by which salvation may be realized. A person must have faith in Jesus as the Son of God (Jn 20:30-31; Jn. 8:24), repent of sin (Acts 17:30), confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead (Rom. 10:9,10), and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16).

When a person is saved according to the Lord’s instructions that are in the New Testament, when he is “baptized into Christ” (Gal. 3:26-27), he is at that time a member of his church (Eph. 5:23). “And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47).

Fifth, the Lord’s church honors the authority of Christ. From the start, the church respected the Lord as the head of the church, for “… they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).

The church has a divinely appointed mission (Matt. 28:19-20; Mk. 16:15-16). In submitting to the Lord’s authority, Christians ought to worship according to the New Testament (Jn. 4:24; Col. 3:16-17). In subjecting themselves to the headship of Jesus, congregations of the Lord’s church must govern themselves according to the New Testament teaching.

If Christ is the head of the church, we can not implement our own worship styles or leadership preferences. Christ is mindful of what goes on within his congregations. He will discipline them, and he will consider them apostate if they persist in unscriptural practices (cf. Rev. 2:5; 2 Jn. 9).

The New Testament gives a clear picture of what the church was under the leadership of the Lord’s apostles. The church’s origin was divine; it continues to be subject to the authority of Christ. Should it not be the same today — simply, the church of Christ?

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Blackman Church History

The Church of Christ at Blackman began meeting in the late 1800s in the Blackman Academy school building on Manson Pike. On March 13, 1913 the building was destroyed by a tornado, and many of the members dispersed going to Stewart's Creek Church of Christ.

In August 1934 the Blackman congregation was reorganized by E. G. Burgess and Cliff Reeves. They started meeting in the school house on Beasley Road. Preachers have consisted of Brother Graves, Harvey Dodd, Warmuth Peebles, William Potts, Robert Arnold and Leamon Flatt. 

On May 26, 1973 Mittie Blackman Zellner deeded the 1.1 acres on the west side of Brinkley Road to the Blackman congregation, and the present brick building was constructed. A brick annex was added on the north side of the building in 1984. In 1987 one additional acre behind the church building was purchased.

The first sermon in the new building was preached by Leamon Flatt. Preachers at the present location have included Leamon Flatt, David Walker, Charles Taylor, Terry Davenport, Joshua Pappas, Darrell Ward and currently Tim Mitchell.