Who are we?
We are a group of Christians assembling together for worship and Bible study. We make every effort to do Bible things in Bible ways and call Bible things by Bible names. Some have called this restoration Christianity, because we strive to follow the pattern of New Testament Christianity. Others have called it primitive Christianity, because we go back to that primitive pattern set forth in the New Testament. We would want a Christian from the first century to find our work and worship familiar.
A Little History
The congregation here began worshiping together on January 2, 1994. Brethren who had previously worshiped with the Northside church of Christ in Lexington, Alabama wanted to begin a new work in Elgin. They first assembled in a rented facility just south of Elgin Crossroads across from the old Elgin School. The church was known by the name East Lauderdale church of Christ during that time.
The church moved into its present location on Elgin Hills Drive in November 1994, changing the name to Elgin Hills church of Christ. Elders and deacons were appointed on the second Sunday of January 1995. Don Miller and Buc Chumbley shared the preaching for about two years. Raymond Harville then worked with the church from November 1995 through January 2004.
Men of the church and visiting preachers shared the preaching of the gospel from January 2004 until the end of July 2005 when Phillip Owens began working with the congregation. Brother Owens worked with the church until May of 2010. Tony Hudson came to work with the brethren here in June 2010, and his work continues to the present.
We believe in the authority of Jesus Christ as head of the church. Passages such as Matthew 28:18 teach us this. There Jesus said, "All authority has been given unto Me in heaven and on earth." Another passage is Colossians 1:18, where Paul wrote of Jesus, "And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence."
For this reason, we seek Biblical authority in all that we do as a church belonging to Jesus Christ. We believe authority is found in commandments in the New Testament, in divinely approved examples, and at times by drawing necessary inferences from those divinely approved examples.
We believe and teach that certain conditions have been set forth by which men may be saved. We believe that one must hear the gospel preached; that having heard must then believe the gospel that Jesus is Christ, that He was crucified, died for our sins, was then raised from the dead, and sits today exhalted at the right hand of God; that one must then confess belief with the mouth; then must repent and be baptized for the remission of sins; and remain faithful to Jesus until death.
These beliefs and others are expounded on in the articles and sermons on this website. We invite you to explore, study, and reason with us from the scriptures.