Pine Prairie Church of Christ

History:

20191009_105110[81]On December 20, 1947 in Pine Prairie, Louisiana, brother and sister Lambert Rabb and their daughter, Dorothy, met in the home of brother and sister Boyd Whittington and their son, Charles, for worship services. For several months they continued to meet in the Whittington’s home.

The following summer, brother Frank Mullins was contacted to hold a revival meeting. Five or six people were baptized at this time.  Two ministers, along with brother and sister Rabb, selected two lots for the location of the church building. Brother Whittington donated the money to purchase one of the lots.

In 1948, sister Rabb’s father, brother Arthur Johnson, built the building with the exception of the ceiling. The Turkey Creek Church of Christ donated pews. There was no regular preacher at this time. Brother Rabb taught the adult Bible Class on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Brother Cecil Brooks of Dallas drove once a month to Pine Prairie to assist in the work.

Brethren Gabriel Istre, Harry Prather, Nathan Curtis, Arthur Johnson, Earl Mullins, Vernon Litherland, John Burgess, Robert Istre, Robert Johnson, Herbert Ingalls, Jack Thompson, Tim Morrow, Eddie Olberding and Jonathan Johnson have all served as preachers for the church in the past. The current minister is Michael A. Hildreth.

The congregation presently meets at 1122 Hickory Street, Pine Prairie, LA 70576.

Mission:

“To devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayer, having all things in common, praising God and having favor with all men” (Acts 2:42 – 47).

Statement of Faith:

1. We believe that God is revealed in creation, in the Scriptures and in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God in the flesh. The Scriptures, all sixty-six Old and New Testament books of the Bible, are divinely and perfectly authoritative to the Church (Psa. 19:1 – 6; Heb. 1:1, 2; John 17:17). We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21; 1 Cor. 2:13). We believe the Scripture is inerrant and trustworthy. The Bible continues to bear the final authoritative instruction of God (Psa. 19:7; Matt. 5:17, 18).

2. We believe in Yahweh God, the Creator and Governor of all things and the sole object of our worship. This one God exists in eternal relationship as three personal expressions, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and having precisely the same divine attributes (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 4:24).

3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He became man, without ceasing to be God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin in order to redeem sinful humanity (Phil. 2:6 – 8). He satisfied God’s holy and just demands by dying on the cross as the propitiation for man’s sin. He assures our justification by his resurrection from the dead in the same, though glorified, physical body in which he was crucified (John 1:1, 2; Luke 1:35; Rom. 3:24, 25; 1 Pet. 1:3 – 5). We believe he ascended into heaven and is exalted at the right hand of the Father. As High Priest for his people, he serves as our Human Intercessor and Advocate (Heb. 9:24, 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1, 2).

4. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the transforming agent who effectively imparts new spiritual life to all who believe and are baptized in water and the Spirit unto the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38, 39; 5:32; 22:16). He transfers them into the body of Christ, personally and literally dwells within them, seals them for the day of redemption, and supernaturally and directly empowers them to holiness and love (Rom. 5:5; 8:9; 15:13; 1 Cor. 12:12 – 14; Gal. 5:22 – 25; Eph. 1:13 – 14).

5. We believe that all human beings are created in the image of God. Through Adam’s disobedience, we become alienated from God in our youth, having weakness and a disposition to sin in a corrupted, fallen world. We deny that mankind inherits the guilt of the sin of Adam (Gen. 1:25 – 27; Rom. 3:22 – 23; 5:12 – 21; Eph. 2:1 – 3, 12).

6. We believe that salvation is the free and eternal gift of God offered to all humanity by grace and received through repentance of sin, a trusting faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, and baptism in water and in the Holy Spirit for the remission of sins (Luke 13:3; John, 3:5, 16; 6:39, 10; 10:28, 29; Eph. 2:8-10; Tit. 3:5, 6).

7. We believe the Church, having begun at Pentecost, is the Body of Christ and the temple of the Holy Spirit, a spiritual community of all believers. The Church has one Head in the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22, 23; 5:25 – 27). The work of every local congregation of the church is to love one another and manifest Christ’s love to the world through acts of edification, benevolence and evangelism (Gal. 6:2; Eph. 4:11 – 16; 1 Thess. 1:3).

8. We believe in the physical resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous (John 5:28, 29; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:48, 49). The righteous will be raised to eternal fellowship with God and the unrighteous to eternal destruction in hell (Mark 9:43 – 48; 2 Thess. 1:9; Rev. 20:15).

9. We believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church, the personal return of Jesus Christ, his millennial reign upon the earth, the fiery judgment of the wicked and a glorious, new heavens and new earth where redeemed humanity will dwell forever with God. (Isa. 2:1 – 4; 11:1 – 16; 60:1 – 22; Dan. 2:44; Zech. 14:4 – 11; Matt. 5:5; 24:29 – 31; Rom. 4:13; 8:19 – 24; 1 Thess. 4:13 – 18; 2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 3:10; 20:6).

Meeting Times:

Sundays – 

The Church of Christ meets at 9:00am for Sunday School and 10:00am for worship hour. Evening Bible class is held at 6:00pm in the fellowship hall.

Tuesdays – 

The men’s prayer meeting and ladies’ Bible class is held at 6:00pm in the fellowship hall.

Wednesdays – 

The midweek Bible class is held at 6:00pm in the fellowship hall.