Hueysville Church of Christ
We at the Hueysville Church of Christ would like to pay a loving tribute in the memory of Jack L. Salyers. For all his hard work and dedication and for creating this website and taking care of it for many years, and all the other behind the scene contributions that you did. Jack was born on March 31, 1954 and passed away from this life to be with the lord on November 23, 2013, after many years of struggling with kidney and heart disease. Jack was and inspiration to us all at Hueysville and will be deeply missed!
Bible Study at 7:00 P.M. Wednesdays
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The Hueysville Church of Christ
program on Sundays at 3:30 P.M. on Channel 5 T.V. Station, with
Evangelist, Chester Ray Varney.
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Hueysville Church of Christ
1909 - 2012
At the Annual Meeting of the Churches of Christ of Eastern Kentucky, held on September 24-26, 1909, DavidMurphy (Uncle Murph) Allen was assigned to the Salt Lick Church, which later was called the Hueysville Church of Christ (after the Hueysville Post Office). D.M. Allen was born January 11, l870, and died March 17, 1942. He was baptized into Christ by Keen Goodman in 1890. He was ordained to preach in 1891 and became one of the most prominent Church of Christ preachers in FloydCounty.D.M. taught school and was later elected Floyd County Superintendent of Schools. His father, Archibald Allen, was also a Church of Christ preacher. D.M. served as first deed trustee of the Church as well as its minister for many years. He preached for 51 years and never accepted pay for his servicesbut contributed generously to the upkeep of other preachers. Later, Zigler Reed, Joseph Gearheart, and Oscar Webb were elected to serve as deed trustees.
Plan of Salvation
Most religions begin with questions like, “How can I find God?” Or “What can I do for God?” They offer guidance in becoming a more spiritual person or in doing things that will earn God’s favor. Christianity is different. Instead of beginning with instruction on what you can do for God, the Bible tells us what God has done for us.
Instead of climbing our way up into Heaven, the Bible tells us that God came down from Heaven by becoming a man. That man is Jesus Christ who lived the only life that was everything God intended a human life to be. He then gave that perfect life as a sacrifice for our sin and rebellion. On the cross, Jesus took our death, our sin, our alienation from God and gave us life, righteousness and peace with God.
By dying for us on the cross, Jesus defeated the dark powers of Satan, sin and death. This victory was made evident when He rose to life again three days later. This is the gospel (1Cor 15:1-7). It is the good news announcing God’s victory over evil through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son Jesus. He promises to share that victory with everyone who will trust and obey Him. As it says in Romans 1:16 “The gospel, is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…”
The Bible teaches us the proper way to respond to God’s outpouring of grace and love. He asks that we believe in Jesus, trusting Him alone to be our Savior and guide back to God (John 11:25- 26). He calls for us to repent of our rebellion and unbelief (Mark 1:15). Instead of boasting in ourselves and what we can do, we are to confess that Jesus is Savior and Lord (Rom 10:9-13). Finally, God bestows the promises of the gospel upon us by uniting us to Christ in baptism (Gal 3:26-27).
We do not do these things to earn our salvation, but they are the means by which God freely bestows upon us the salvation made possible through the gift of His Son Jesus. Once again, this is a vital distinction between Biblical Christianity and most world religions and cults. Other religions leave us uncertain about our standing before God because we never know if we have done enough to satisfy Him. The gospel gives us confidence before God because our standing before Him rests upon Jesus perfect life and not our faltering and imperfect efforts.
This does not mean that the Christian is not to strive to live a life devoted to God’s will. When we come to see how much God loves us, we will want to do what He asks, because we know that what He asks will always be the best thing for us and we want to show our love to Him (1John 3:1-3).
Baptism Is Immersion
Our word "baptize" is translated from the original Greek word "baptizo," which means to immerse. All Bible dictionaries define the word "baptizo" only as immerse, dip or plunge. "Baptizo" does not mean sprinkle or pour. If our Lord had wanted people to be sprinkled, he would have inspired the New Testament writers to use the Greek word "rhantizo." If our Lord wanted people to be poured He would have inspired New Testament writers to use the Greek word "katacheo." But he didn't, so "baptizo" was used, which can only mean to immerse.
Let's look in the Bible to see how people were baptized. In John 3:23 we read, "Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there." Why was John baptizing near Salim? "Because there was much water there." Scriptural baptism, which is immersion, according to the Bible requires much water.
In Mark 1:5 we read, "Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to Him, and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River." Why was John baptizing in the Jordan River? Could it be "because there was much water there" in a river?
In Mark 1:9-10, we continue to read, "And it came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove." When Jesus was baptized, he was baptized in the Jordan River. Why? Again, because there is much water in a river which is required for scriptural baptism, which is immersion. Also notice that after Jesus was baptized, he came "up out of the water." So scriptural baptism not only requires much water, but it also requires "coming up out of the water." This cannot be said of sprinkling or pouring.
Next we turn to Acts 8:36-39. The evangelist, Philip, had been teaching the gospel or good news of Christ to an Ethiopian eunuch while they were riding along in a chariot. Then in verses 36-39 we read: "Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, See here is water, what hinders me from being baptized? And Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing." Here we see that the baptism that God has authorized in the Bible requires the "coming to the water" "going down into the water," and after a person is immersed it requires "coming up out of the water." How much clearer could the Bible be on the mode of baptism? Also notice that after the eunuch was baptized, "he went on his way rejoicing." Why? Because he was now saved and all of his sins had been taken away. This is certainly something to rejoice about.
Romans 6:4 says, "Therefore we were buried with him by baptism into death." Here we see that baptism is a burial, which is what is done when one is immersed. Sprinkling is not a burial; it is only sprinkling. Neither is pouring a burial. Both are unlawful substitutions made by man which will cause many people to be lost.
Colossians 2:12 says that we are "buried with him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him." Here again God requires the one being baptized, to be buried and raised when he is baptized. When we bury a dead person in the cemetery, we do not lay him out on the grass and sprinkle a little dirt on him. No, that would be absurd, and it is just as absurd in trying to substitute sprinkling for baptism. Sprinkling for baptism is foreign to the scriptures. God did not authorize it. There is not one instance anywhere in the Bible where anyone was sprinkled for baptism.
But we then ask the question, where then did sprinkling or pouring come from? The first recorded case in all of early church history was that of Novatian in 251 AD, who lay sick on his bed and water was poured on him. Who made this first exception, man or God? Man did without the authorization of God. God has not approved of it. Sprinkling is just as vain as if it had never been done. This man made exception over the centuries became the man made accepted practice until at the Council of Ravenna in 1311 AD, man legalized sprinkling for baptism, but without God's authority.
The person who insists on following this man made teaching of sprinkling or pouring has refused to obey God. Sprinkling is without God's authority. There is no baptism in the absence of immersion. If you were sprinkled or poured, then you have not been scripturally baptized. You still have every sin that you have ever committed and are still lost. If you refuse to admit that your sprinkling is wrong, you will go to your grave refusing to do God's will. On the Day of Judgment you will be eternally condemned to the fires of Hell. Such a tragedy.
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said Take, eat; this is my body.
And he took the cup , and gave thanks, and gave it to then, saying Drink ye all of it;
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Who are the churches of Christ? The only identity we desire is to be the church that you read about in the Bible, nothing more and nothing less! We are not a denomination. Our Lord came to this earth to establish His church (Matthew 16:18), not a denomination devised and organized by man. We diligently strive to fill our role as “the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).
We have no headquarters anywhere in this world. The church is the body of Christ, and He is its only head (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:22-23). We have no governing body that determines doctrine or policy for our congregations. Rather, following the pattern laid out in the Bible, each congregation is autonomous, self-governing. We have no creed book, manual or official statement of church doctrine. The Bible is our only authority as to what should be believed, taught and practiced (II Timothy 3:16-17).
Our worship is simple, focused on expressing our adoration for God, and conforms to His will as communicated in scripture. We meet every first day of the week to commemorate, through the Lord’s Supper, the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for our sins (Acts 20:7). We sing praises to God (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). We openly study and teach God’s word (II Timothy 4:2). We pray for God’s guidance, wisdom, protection, forgiveness and blessings (1 Timothy 2:1; James 1:5; 5:13, 16). We give back to God from the financial blessings with which He has blessed us (1 Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 9:6-7).
Our mission is to teach the gospel of Christ throughout the world (Mark 16:15-16). Jesus Christ is our only Savior, and there is no way to God except through Him (John 14:6). All are guilty of sin (Romans 3:23). The consequence of sin is spiritual death (Romans 6:23). Forgiveness and salvation await all “in Christ” (Romans 8:1). The gospel is God’s message of salvation through Christ (Romans 1:16).
God’s plan for man’s salvation is simple and straightforward. It is only by God’s grace through faith that we can be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9). As a person responds to God’s offer of grace by repenting of his sin (Acts 3:19), confessing his faith in Christ (Matthew 10:32-33) and submitting to baptism “into Christ” (Romans 6:3), his sins will be cleansed by the blood shed by the Lord on the cross (Acts 22:16; Hebrews 9:27-28). He then begins a new life of faithfulness to God (Revelation 2:10).
Our intent is to speak where the Bible speaks and remain silent where the Bible is silent, to submit to God’s will, as communicated in His word, in all matters of faith. “The churches of Christ salute you” (Romans 16:16).