About Us

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The church of Christ at Penngrove

Who We Are:

We are a church of Christ, striving to be nothing more or less. That means:

  • We belong to no denomination, because Jesus alone is the head of the church (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18).
  • We espouse no creed except the Bible, because the Scriptures fully equip us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3).
  • We wear no name other than the one disciples of Jesus wore in the first century: Christian (Acts 11:26).

Our members are simply Christians who live in the communities of Rohnert Park, Cotati and Petaluma, and who meet together to worship and work in Penngrove, in central Sonoma County.

In our work together, we seek to do everything that God’s word commands and nothing He has not authorized. That simply means we look to the Bible as our one and only source of authority. If the Bible teaches us to do something — whether by direct command of Jesus or His inspired apostles, an example approved in the early church by the apostles, or by an inescapable conclusion drawn from either of these — we believe we should do it. If the Bible does not instruct us, in one of these three ways, to do something, we don’t have authority from God for it — so we don’t do it.

The Bible tells us there are four things we can do collectively as a local church:

  • Worship God, by:
    • Singing without mechanical accompaniment (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:15).
    • Praying together (Acts 2:42).
    • Eating the Lord’s supper on the first day of every week (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30).
    • Giving as we have individually determined (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
    • Teaching and preaching (Acts 15:32; 20:7) from the Bible.
  • Spread the gospel to others (Acts 5:42).
  • Build up and encourage one another as fellow Christians (Hebrews 3:13; 10:24-25).
  • Help one another materially when any has a need (Acts 4:35; 11:29).

We’re diligently working to do all of these things according to the instructions of the Scriptures.

Since the Bible does not authorize us — as a church — to provide entertainment, engage in social or political programsraise funds by means other than the free-will offerings of our members, spend our collective treasury on secular activities, or surrender our local autonomy to another church or organization, we don’t do any of these things.

When you visit us, you’ll find a small but dedicated group of people — people like you — trying to live as disciples of Jesus Christ by reading, understanding, and obeying His word. We’d be delighted to have you join us for worship and Bible study. If you have any questions about what we do — or don’t do — we’ll be pleased to answer them from the Scriptures (1 Peter 3:15).

Here’s a list of frequently asked questions about the Lord’s church and what the Bible teaches.

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
— Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-16)