Abilene church of Christ
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About Us

We are just Christians. The Abilene church of Christ is free, independent, and self-governing, under Christ. We have no denominational affiliation or headquarters. Our organization, worship, and work are all according to the New Testament pattern. The Bible alone is our guide. God’s Word is truth, and Jesus has authority in all things (John 17:17; Matthew 28:18). Thus we have no sectarian doctrine or creed.

Our plea is for all people to return to the principles and practices of New Testament Christianity so that we might find unity in Christ, the kind of unity that Jesus prayed for (John 17:20-21). At the Abilene church of Christ, we have rejected all doctrines and creeds originating with man, and are drawn together by a common faith in and obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We hold to a commitment of serving the God faithfully according to His Word (Romans 10:17).

Our worship is simple, unpretentious, reverent, and joyous. Our sincere desire is to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24) while encouraging one another to walk more closely with God (Hebrews 10:23-25). We hope you will accept this invitation to visit with us soon (Romans 16:16).

It is always our interest to share with others the pure gospel of Jesus Christ as set forth in the New Testament. If you would like to have a personal open Bible study in your home at your convenience and pace, or if you would like more information, please contact us.

Who are the churches of Christ?

We are the non-denominational church of the Bible that Christ founded on the Day of Pentecost in the first century in the city of Jerusalem.  (Matthew 16:18; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 2:1-47; Ephesians 1:20-23)

How is the church governed?

Christ is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:20-23). Under Christ, individual congregations have a plurality of elders who must meet the qualifications found in the Scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5. Under the elders serve deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-13), evangelists (ministers) and teachers (Ephesians 4:11-12).  The only law governing the church is the Bible (Colossians 3:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

How does the church worship?

  • Prayer through Christ (John 14:13; Acts 2:42)
  • Non-instrumental music (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16)
  • Preaching of the Word of God (Acts 2:42)
  • The Lord’s Supper every week (Acts 20:7)
  • Freewill giving as one has prospered each Sunday (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)

How does one become a member of the church so as to be saved?

  • Believe in Jesus  (John 8:24;  Acts 16:31)
  • Repent of sins (Acts 3:19; 17:30)
  • Confess Jesus as Lord  (Romans 10:10)
  • Be baptized (immersion into water) for remission of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38)
  • Christ then adds one to his church (Acts 2:47)
  • Live a faithful Christian life (not once saved, always saved) (2 Peter 2:20-22; Revelation 2:10)

About our minister, Dave Olson...
Minister Dave and Marianna
Abilene church of Christ minister, Dave and his wife, Marianna

Dave and his wife, Marianna, moved from Anchorage, Alaska to Statesville, NC and began worshipping with the Abilene church of Christ in October of 2014. Dave was officially hired as the preacher for Abilene in January of 2016. Dave grew up in Alaska and served as the prison minister at the Anchorage church of Christ from 1998 to 2014, first as a volunteer then as a fulltime minister. Dave and Marianna facilitated a CASA 12-Step Recovery group for 15 years while serving in Alaska and Dave currently serves on the Board of Directors for New Life Behavior Ministries.

Dave is passionate about his relationship with God and helping others to grow spiritually. He loves spreading the gospel and studying God’s word. His goal is to help the church grow and to continue to worship God in spirit and in truth.

Minister: Dave Olson

Phone: 828-404-2112

E-mail: minister@abilenechurchofchrist.org