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2402 5th Street Road
Huntington, WV 25701

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What is a Living Letter?
"You yourselves are our letters of recommendation, written on your hearts, to be known and read by all men; and you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." (2 Corinthians 3:2-3,RSV)
 
"A Christian should not follow the crowd, but rather show them the way."

 

Welcome to Living Letters, the website of a group of Christians in Huntington, West Virginia who are searching the Bible for God's way! 

We make every effort to exemplify the life of Christ in worship, character, and attitude. We labor to do the will of God. There is no greater labor of love than that which can be given to God when we are willing to make ourselves "a living sacrifice" (Romans 12:1 - KJV) unto the Lord.

Christians!  Nothing more, nothing less

Jesus once warned the scribes and Pharisees "in vain they do worship me teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Matthew 15:9 KJV). Knowing this danger we make every effort to follow the path illuminated by the words of Christ and avoid the philosophies, opinions and ideas of man.  In our society this has become increasingly difficult.  In our refusal to accept the modern winds of change we have been labeled by men as old-fashioned, bigoted and intolerant.  We believe this to be a small price to pay to maintain the purity of the covenant for which Christ shed his blood.

Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 16:18, "I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." In Acts 20:28 the Apostle Paul reminded the Ephesian elders "to feed the church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood" (KJV). Owing our salvation to Christ and knowing that he shed His blood to make the church a reality, we understand the importance of keeping her untarnished by the innovations of men.  This was a responsibility described by Paul in his Ephesian letter when he wrote "that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not  having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" (KJV - Ephesians 5:27)

Our worship is simple. We follow the patterns set forth in scripture for singing, praying, giving, communing and preaching.  We make every effort to allow the Bible to direct our decisions, guide our understanding of God's will and remind us of our hope in Christ.  We genuinely believe that the Bible is God's inspired word.  And while many men will compromise the Bible's teachings, we believe what Jesus said about his word in John 17:17, "Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth" (KJV).

We welcome you to attend our services, any time you are in the Huntington, WV area.

What We Believe

We believe the Bible. This may sound simplistic in today's world of oral tradition and creeds, but this is what we believe. Nearly two thousand years ago the Son of God gave himself for the sins of man. Upon his death a new covenant was created between man and God. This new covenant or "New Testament" as we call it today was sealed by Christ's shed blood, without which it would be of no effect. We believe this new covenant is a pattern set forth by God's inspiration to guide us into all truth. The unity for which Jesus prayed (John 17) can not be a reality unless a standard exists whereby Christians live. We believe this standard to be the "New Testament."

What is a Christian?

Obviously a Christian is a follower of Christ. But how do we know what constitutes a Christian? How can they be identified? There is only one record known to man where Christianity is described. The "New Testament" record specifies how men become 'Christian' and the responsibilities they must maintain. If it were not for this small collection of documents we could have no confidence in the name 'Christian' or the doctrine which it represents. Therefore, a Christian is one committed to the new covenant between God and man by obedience to the Gospel plan of salvation.

What is the church?

Paul told Timothy that the church is "the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). Unfortunately over the years men have lessened the importance of the church until today many feel the church is an option in Christianity. In Acts 20:28 while discussing leadership responsibilities with the Ephesians, Paul tells them, "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood." How can we discount or void anything for which God's Son shed his blood? The Church that Jesus promised to build in Matthew 16:18 is a blood bought institution without which the plan of God would be incomplete. Take the Church out of the world and you take glory from God. Remember the words of Paul in Ephesians 3:21, "Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."

Worship

While conversing with the scribes and Pharisees of Jerusalem, Jesus said, "Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Matthew 15:7-9). We believe there is a right way and a wrong way to worship God. The only method of determining right from wrong is through Scripture given to man by God. It is obvious from the words of Jesus that worship that involves the doctrines and commands of men is "vain" worship. In his conversation with the woman from Samaria in John 4, Jesus indicates how a man may worship God properly. "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23-24). The only method for formulating worship in "spirit and in truth" is by following the pattern established by Christ and his Apostles among the early Christians and described within the pages of the New Testament. For this reason our worship, like everything else in Christianity is based upon sharing. Our public service to God includes the offering of praise in song, the reading and studying of scripture, prayer, the observance of the Lord's memorial supper and a "laying by in store" that we might give back to God a portion of that which he has given to us in abundance. We seek to do only those things that can be justified by the pattern of scripture.

The Lord's Supper

Prior to his death Jesus gathered his Apostles and instituted a very special memorial (See Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22 and 1 Corinthians 11). After his death, resurrection and ascension and following the establishment of His Church, this memorial became a weekly observance to commemorate the sacrifice of God's only Son. We believe this memorial to be as important today as in the days of the early church and in keeping with the scriptural details we come together every first day of the week to share in the Lord's Supper. Paul reminded the Corinthian Christians in his first letter (10:16), "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?" What could be more important than meeting in corporate worship and sharing in the memorial established by Christ to celebrate His defeat of sin and death?

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