About Us

At NSCofC, we want to be like Jesus in word and deed. We are a progressive, grace-oriented church. As a church family that believes in gender justice, we are a church family of women, men, girls, and boys who are able and desire to offer love, compassion, and acceptance even while we intentionally and deliberately encourage and promote mature Christian accountability and responsibility in our private affairs as well as in our public assemblies. We believe that salvation is a gift from God to those who are people of biblical faith and spirit-driven action. Even as our acceptance and understanding of grace increases, so increases our devotion and desire to serve and worship. We worship God daily in our Christian lives.  We also worship God in our assemblies when we meet as church community. We encourage all to participate in worship. We at NSCofC acknowledge that God uses us and you in the unveiling of his ongoing eternal providence. You are invited to come and work, heal, and refresh with us, in the name of Jesus. May we all strive together in unity as we tell about and show others the saving grace and unconditional love of Jesus to a broken but desirous world.

What is the Body?

"The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts..." (I Corinthians 12:12-31) So begins the description of the church body as described by Paul to the church in Corinth. He goes on to say that the church body "[was] all given the one Spirit to drink", "should [have] no division", should treat the weak as indispensable, should suffer if just one suffers, and should rejoice if just one is honored.


Paul further described the church body to the Roman church in Romans 12:5 as "each member belong[ing] to all the others."


Most importantly, Paul tells the church in Ephesus that "There is one body, and one Spirit - just as you were called to one hope, when you were called - one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4:1-6) He continues, "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."
        
We at NSCofC truly desire to keep the unity of the Spirit and be a body of peace.

 

Most importantly, we consider and call ourselves church family. Some of us here at North Stafford have extended physical family in the local area. Most, however, do not have physical family near us due to the transient nature of our community. We, therefore, spend time together as if we were the only family that any of us might have.


As a church family, we have learned to depend on each other in times of need and to share in the joy during times of success. We play together for fun and we spend time in support of each other when there is a need for assistance or support. We call each other 'brothers' and 'sisters' because we want to have that kind of relationship, both here and into eternity.


It is hard to be apart of NSCofC and NOT be apart! We do far more than just meet once or twice a week at a central building location. Edification, Bible study, fellowship, prayer, and service takes place all through the week with people meeting to do all kinds of things together for the good of all. Accountability for each brother and sister is not an expectation as much as it is simply a result in our church family environment. When someone is missing from the 'table' then others will reach out to figure out if everything is ok.


Ephesians 4 describes a collection of people who treat each other with humbleness, gentleness, patience, and with a willingness to share in each other's lives. This is the kind of church family that we desire to be at NSCofC.

 

What does your Assembly Worship look like?

 

On Sundays, we will always share the Lord's Supper with those who would like to participate. We do this to help us remember the incredible sacrifice that Jesus made by giving his own life for us. But also, we take the Lord's Supper to celebrate and be thankful that God, in Jesus' resurrection, defeated Satan and his evil minions in this world and in the next. We truly can and should be uplifted, inspired, encouraged, and happy to know that God has already won! We celebrate the Lord's Supper each week for these reasons.

 

When we meet together as the whole church family we may sing together, pray to God, read and study the Bible, encourage one another in fellowship, participate in teaching and preaching sessions, share food together, and acknowledge the challenges and praises of all who would like to share. 

 

At times, men, women, boys, and girls may and often will actively participate in our assemblies in one fashion or another.

Is NSCofC for her members or for the local and mission community? 

 

Both and all.  NSCofC is for those who are sick and afflicted but who desire healthy treatment and care.  “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick…”  (Matthew 9:12)   

What role does facility and church building play at NSCofC?

 

Facility is a means…not a solution.  Facility is a beginning…not an end.  “So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.”  (Matthew 22:10)  Our facility can and should be attractive in a contemporary, tasteful, usable, and functional way that says more about how we do things in our buildings than what we want others to think about us by looking at our buildings.  While we are thankful for facility, it is the people and what we do with them that defines the NSCofC. 

How does NSCofC apply the guidance in Romans 14?

 

The Christian freedoms that are discussed in Romans 14 are about matters of opinion and not about matters of truth.  If a person cannot call an action or activity a “sin” then the matter more properly should be considered an opinion or preference.  In matters of disagreement about opinion, the principles of Romans 14 will apply at NSCofC.

How does NSCofC view and manage change?

 

Change for change’s sake is not scriptural and will not be condoned at NSCofC.  Change as a result of spiritual and biblical maturation is growth and will be done at NSCofC as necessary and as appropriate.

What takes precedence…individual needs or needs of the entire church body?

 

Maintaining the spiritual integrity of the whole NSCofC community will be considered and balanced at the same time as consideration is being given to the importance of maintaining an individual member’s spiritual integrity.  At times, more attention will be given to the lone, lost sheep.  (Luke 15:4)  At other times, more attention will be given to maintaining the strength and integrity of the entire church community.  (Revelation 2:12-16)

In difficult matters, how will NSCofC handle a situation?

 

NSCofC will defer to the teaching of grace and mercy as preached and demonstrated by Jesus in the Gospel books of the New Testament more often than the inferences taken from negative admonitions in the Epistles in the New Testament.  While all Scripture is inspired, Jesus stated (quoting an Old Testament prophet) “’I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’  For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  (Matthew 9:13)  See also Mark 12:33.

Does NSCofC have “rules of behavior” of any kind?

 

At NSCofC, prayer, consideration, meditation, consultation, and Bible study are paramount in an environment where grace, patience, and mercy is exercised.  This approach to dealing with behavior is not as easy as setting “rules of behavior” but is also the preferred way of dealing with people at NSCofC.  Lord willing, NSCofC can initially accept any person but, with God’s help, NSCofC will assist that person in the process of Christian maturation.  NSCofC is prepared to have discussion with anyone in any situation and with any manner of background.  As the Christian relationship builds, we hope that God’s grace and mercy will be so impressive to the individual that the individual will desire to change for the sake of Jesus and what Jesus has done for all of us.

Sun 9am Bible Classes

Sun 10:15am Assembly Worship

Wed 7pm Devotional

North Stafford Church of Christ

500 Shelton Shop Road

Stafford, Virginia 22554

 

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