The River Bend church of Christ is a group of Christians meeting in western Lauderdale County, Alabama, eight miles west of Florence, Alabama. The congregation began in 1949. We have no denominational name or headquarters. We are not members of any man-made denominational organization, conference, synod, or association. We are simply Christians trying to serve God in the manner prescribed in the New Testament. We are not perfect and infallible, but we know that God is, and that we must strive to serve Him in order to have salvation. We are concerned about having scriptural authority for the things we do.
Our organization is that of the New Testament church with elders, deacons and saints (Philippians 1:1) The elders have oversight of the congregation and “shepherd the flock” (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2).
We have Bible classes for all ages and our teachers work hard to present interesting material from God’s word, so that we may grow spiritually.
The River Bend church is concerned with sharing the gospel with others. We stand ready to assist in helping others with their Bible study and spiritual growth. The River Bend church is also involved in evangelism. At the present time we are supporting several preachers. We support six preachers in the Philippines, one in Japan, one in Ecuador, one in South Africa, and four in the United States of America.
The church at River Bend does not support any man-made institutions that have become so much a part of many churches of Christ. We are not involved in sports, parties, church socials, or any other activities for which we cannot find scriptural authority. We follow the biblical pattern of the church work being that of preaching the gospel, edifying the saints, and providing benevolence for saints. We do believe that, as individuals, we are to “do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10).
Members of the River Bend church of Christ are deeply concerned about each other. This is manifested often as members “look after each other” in times of illness, death, or other problems. The members also spend time together in homes and in other activities that are initiated by individual members and are not a part of the work of the church.
We invite you to come visit with us.