Our congregation is comprised of people from diverse backgrounds and life situations. However, we all have one very important thing in common. We are sinners saved by the grace of God. If you are seeking a deeper relationship with God or looking for a church home, we welcome the opportunity to talk with you.
We hope that what you see here will encourage you to come and worship with us at the Meridian Woods Church of Christ. Meridian Woods is a church that was established as an outreach to the college campuses in Tallahassee, but has become so much more.
We have ministries that reach people of all ages and backgrounds, sharing with them the good news of Jesus Christ. In the next few pages you will find information about answering many of the questions you may have.
To create an atmosphere where people from all walks of life can serve God in genuine unity (Calling); to follow wholeheartedly the will of God as He transforms us through the Holy Spirit, His Word, and prayer (Commitment); to connect people, (Action) Each as a means to glorify God.
We believe that God is the creator and ruler of the universe. We serve One God who has a Tri-Nature: God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit. Because of His great love for us the Father has provided salvation for us by giving His Son to be a propitiation for our sins.
See Gen. 1:26, 27, 3:33; Ps. 90:2; Matt. 28:19; 1 Pet. 1:2; 2 Cor. 13:14; Col. 1:15. 1 John 4:10
We believe Jesus is the Son of God. He came to the earth as God in the flesh. He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless human life. He gave his life as a perfect sacrifice to atone for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. But death could have no mastery over him. He arose from the grave on the third day. He is the only man to have power over sin and death. After his resurrection he ascended to Heaven to reign at the right hand of the throne of God. Someday he will return to the earth to retrieve his disciples and take them to heaven.
See Matt. 1:22-23 Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Heb. 4:14-15; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4; Rom. 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim. 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; 1 Thes. 4:13.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the indwelling presence of God in the believer. His work is to make people aware of their need for Jesus. The Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead. He produces spiritual fruit in and give spiritual gifts to believers to build up the church. The Holy Spirit regenerates, seals, and sanctifies the believers. He resides in every Christian at the moment of salvation when one is born of water and of Spirit in the baptism. He provides the believer with power for living, understanding of spiritual truths, guidance and prompting for doing what is right. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us. He uses the inspired Word as one of his tools and never contradicts what has been written.
See 2 Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 2:38; 1 Cor. 2:12; 3:16; Eph. 1:13, 5:18, 6:17-18; Gal. 5:25; John 16:8-11; 1 Cor. 12:3,12: 7; Titus 3:5; Rom. 15:16; Gal. 5:22,23.
We believe that the Bible is the God’s word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. In all religious matters, the Bible is the final authority. It is the only authoritative voice of God on the earth. Because it is inspired by God, it is His truth without any inaccuracies or internal contradictions.
See 2 Tim. 3:16, 1:13; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Psalm. 119:105,169, 12:6; Prov. 10:5.
We believe that people are made in the image of God, to be like Him in character and nature. But because of sin mankind has lost or ignored most of their “God-like qualities.” Human beings are the supreme object of God’s creation. Man is the reason God designed this universe. Although every person has a tremendous potential for good, each has been marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God-called sin. Man’s sin separates him from God-causing most of life’s problems and pains.
See Gen. 1:27; Ps 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Rom. 3:23, 6:23.
We believe that salvation is God’s free gift, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by uniting to Jesus Christ as God’s sacrificial offering for atonement, can anyone be saved from the penalty of sin. When one turns from a self-ruled life and turns to Jesus through the faith expression of baptism, they are united to God’s sacrifice and are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one is born again.
See Rom. 6:23, 5:1, 6:3-5; Eph 2:8-9; Acts 2:38; Gal. 3:26-27.
We believe that people were created as eternal beings who will exist forever. All will either exist eternally separated from God because of personal sin, or eternally with God because his forgiveness is accepted. Those eternally separated from God will be punished forever in Hell. Those in the eternal presence of God will rejoice in Heaven. Both Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
See Matt. 25:31–33, 41–46; Luke 13:24–28; 2 Thess. 1:8–9; Rom. 5:21; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 21:4.
Fitting the perfect mold of a Church Administrator is Melinda Singleton, who has served in this position for over twenty-five years. In this capacity, Melinda is the hub for all things administrative within Meridian Woods Church of Christ. She ensures that the office runs efficiently, as she assists the Ministers, Elders and Members of the body with their needs. From the first moment you meet Melinda, she will make you feel welcomed and special. This is particularly important as Meridian Woods reaches out to community.
I will turn my life over to God by REPENTING of my sins and being immersed in BAPTISM.
“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:3-4
I will seek God by faithfully attending WORSHIP services at Meridian Woods.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another” Hebrews 10:23-25
I will seek God’s will and guidance in my life through PRAYER.
“And pray in the Spirit on ALL occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18
I will make studying the BIBLE a priority, and participate in BIBLE classes and LIFE groups.
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16
I will protect the unity of Christ’s church and support the leadership or our EDLERS.
“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification.” Romans 14:19
“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden.” Hebrews 3:17
I will serve this congregation and the Lord by discovering my talents, equipping myself to use those talents for God, and developing a servant’s heart. I will invest time in ministry and helping others.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
I will invest my money in the work of this Church by giving in proportion to how God has materially blessed me.
“But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7