The Broken Arrow Church of Christ is a family. We have been born again through our salvation in Jesus Christ and adopted through Him into the household of God. We are a diverse group of believers from many places and numerous backgrounds, young and old, men and women, boys and girls. Some of us are married, some are single, some are widowed, and some are divorced. Some of us have children; some of us do not. Yet, in spite of our many differences, we are one family in Jesus Christ.
Our diverse spiritual family is bound together in unity and love through our faith in Jesus Christ as our one and only Savior, Redeemer, High Priest, and Friend. We believe that each of us has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, resulting in spiritual death and separation from our Creator. We believe that we lack within ourselves the strength, ability, or any gift or sacrifice powerful enough to take away the guilt of our sin or to restore us to a right relationship with God. We believe that God loved us so much and desired our salvation so greatly that He acted in grace and mercy in sending His Son Jesus to lay down His life and shed His innocent blood as a sacrifice for our sins, bearing our guilt and suffering the penalty for our sins by His death on the cross. We believe that we are saved from sin by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, a living faith that is evidenced and actualized by our repentance, verbalized by our confession of Jesus as Lord, and dramatized by our baptism in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that, as baptized believers in Christ, we are sanctuaries of the indwelling Holy Spirit and have been added by God to His family, the church of His Son Jesus Christ.
We will share the message of Jesus through the witness of our words, our examples, and our acts of compassionate service in our community and around the world. Since Jesus came to seek and save the lost, we are compelled to carry on His mission in our local community and around the world. While Jesus ultimately came to save our souls, He also provided a compassionate example of ministry to humanity’s physical needs, an example we seek to follow. Through Jesus’ teaching and that of His apostles, we are called to minister to the sick, the hungry, the grieving, the poor, widows, orphans, and others who have been marginalized or neglected in our world. We desire to walk in His steps, share His love, shine His divine light, and communicate His Gospel of salvation with the world.
While our entire lives are to be offered as daily, living sacrifices to God, we assemble as a community of faith each Sunday to offer our collective praise, adoration, and thanksgiving. Every first day of the week, we share in the Lord’s Supper, a simple memorial meal in which the bread and the cup remind us of the Savior’s sacrificial body and blood that were offered for our salvation. Through prayer to the Father in the name of Jesus and through the intercession of the Holy Spirit, we offer our thanksgiving and adoration, confess our sins, and express our petitions and the desires of our hearts. We read Scripture together and spend time listening to the Word of God being proclaimed, explained, and applied to our daily walk of faith. We offer monetary gifts and sacrifices which are used to fulfill the mission and ministry of Christ’s church. We express our hearts and lift our voices in traditional hymns and contemporary songs of praise to the Lord. As was the practice of the earliest Christians, our singing is a cappella. It is our desire and prayer that our spiritual sacrifices glorify and honor our God and Savior, just as they encourage our hearts, strengthen our faith, and inspire us to greater devotion and service.