Welcome to the Long Island Church of Christ (LICOC)

We are a group of people who believe that Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord. We are convinced that life can’t be lived without His love, His forgiveness and His presence in our lives. Our purpose as a church can be summed up in two simple, but profound words: Show Jesus.

We desire to Show Jesus our love for Him through worship and praise individually and as a church. We want to Show Jesus to ourselves through personal study and prayer. We work to Show Jesus to each other in friendship and Christian community. We endeavor to Show Jesus to people who do not yet know Him.

We especially desire to Show Jesus to the people of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most diverse and interesting places to live in the world. We know that God has a plan and help for individuals and families living in our unique environment. Our hope is that through our worship, our study and fun of fellowship together, you will see Jesus clearly.

The LICOC is made up of people who believe that Jesus Christ is God’s son, the Savior of the world. We believe that Jesus Christ is the sole source of salvation for all people. We also firmly believe that the Bible is God’s inspired message for all souls.

Our congregation is based on the purpose of bringing God glory through worship, sharing His salvation with others, and offering people a home where they can find acceptance, love and encouragement through Christian community.

We are Christians only. We are non-denominational (not inter-denominational) and have no church organization other than independent congregations such as we are at LICOC. Churches of Christ desire to worship and practice our faith with the simplicity and sincerity of the church that is described in the New Testament.

We base our beliefs and activities directly on the authority of the Bible. We strive to follow the practices of the churches described in the New Testament and teaching of the Bible without adding human traditions or creeds. This is the reason you see no special religious symbols in our building or creeds in our worship.

Although we understand that our worship and the way we carry out activities are also shaped by habits and traditions, we make every effort to ensure that they are based on clear Biblical teaching.

Because every congregation of the Church of Christ is independent, you will see some variations in small points of teaching and worship. It is our responsibility as a church to study and learn as best we can for our congregation what is God’s will in all that we do.

For information about becoming a member of the Long Island Church of Christ, contact us (by telephone: 631-348-7322 or send us an email).

Statement of Faith

The Long Island Church of Christ is a bible-based church. We generally speak where the Bible speaks and are silent where the Bible is silent.  The Bible is our only guide— no man-made additional creeds/booklets/instructions are required.

The absolute guidance from the scriptures is taken from three hermeneutical principles:

  • We follow commandments of the scriptures
  • We follow examples from Jesus, the Apostles, and early Christians
  • We derive necessary inferences from the scripture

In line with our doctrinal/Biblical beliefs, our worship services always consist of the following practices to mirror the First Century Church in the New Testament:

  • Singing (acapella: the way of the early church, without instrumental music)
  • Preaching (study of God’s word)
  • Prayer
  • Giving (weekly)
  • Communion/Lord’s Supper (weekly)

How Do I Become Saved and Be a Christian?

Once you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, you get baptized to be saved and become a member of God’s family. We can never be “good enough” by our own accord to be saved. We are all sinners and broken, trying to get as close to God as we can. We know and understand that it is only by God’s abundant grace and mercy that we are saved. Although some may say that you simply must “believe in your heart” to become a Christian, there’s no example of that in the Bible. All those who became Christians were baptized for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the Holy Spirit after Peter’s first Gospel sermon (Acts 2:38). Based on what the Bible teaches, here are some things that God requires to enter Heaven:

HEAR

Romans 10:17 NIV  Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

First, you must hear the Word of God preached. You’ll hear the word anytime you visit with us through preaching and teaching of lessons using the bible. You can also hear God’s Word as you study it and embed it in your heart. Saving faith cannot be planted in your souls without God’s Word, the Bible.

BELIEVE

Hebrews 11:6 NIV  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

After you’ve heard the Good News of Jesus, The Gospel, you must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for us all so that we have eternal life with God the Father in Heaven. Without belief, faith is dead, and God will not be pleased.

Moreover, believing is the work that God requires for His people:

John 6:29 NIV  Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

REPENT

Acts 17:30 NIV  In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

None of us are perfect. We’ve all made mistakes and will continue to do so, even when we are following Jesus. The bible is transparent about the flaws of all the heroes depicted in it, people who follow God from the heart and were rewarded. The important thing is that we repent of our sins. This is a continuous attitude, not a one-time event. To repent is to change our minds from the kind of life that indulges in sin, and to turn to God. Then to change what you do with your body and your life.

CONFESS

Acts 8:36-37 NIV  As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” (37) And Philip said, “If you believe with all thy heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

If we seek to become a Christian, we must acknowledge that Jesus will be our Lord (one whom we will obey) and Savior (one whom we will trust with our soul). We must confess that Jesus is Lord, and that He’s the Son of God.

Confession is not a one-time thing either. If you repent of your past lives and now live for Jesus, your life should become a billboard for the message and lifestyle of Jesus – a continual confession that your life is surrendered unto Him.

Jesus has this to say about that:

Matthew 10:32-33 NIV  “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.  (33)  But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.”

BAPTISM

Mark 16:16 NIV  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

You may hear some religious institutions say that baptism is not essential for salvation and that all a person must do to be “saved” is to “believe.” That may be well intentioned, but it is not what Jesus said. Jesus says in the verse above that you must believe AND be baptized in order to be saved. (Mark 16:16 & Acts 2:38). We’re baptized for the forgiveness of our sins and to receive God’s Holy Spirit:

Acts 2:38 NIV  Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

This is how one obeys the Good News, the Gospel! It is how we get “into Jesus”, to be united with Him in His death so we can be united with Him in the resurrection.

According to the bible, baptism isn’t a sprinkling of water, but a full immersion in water. That’s’ what the Greek word means. Only immersion conforms to the description of baptism as given by the apostle Paul here:

Romans 6:3-5 NIV  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  (4)  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.  (5)  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Notice how “buried with him through baptism into death” indicates the mode of baptism. No one sprinkles dirt on someone and calls that a burial! We cannot get “into” Jesus by just “believing in Him” or by “praying/asking Him into our hearts”. That is not what God commanded.

In every instance in the New Testament, you’ll find that when a person accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, they were immediately baptized. There was no waiting for a special date or event.

1 Peter 3:21 NIV  …and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ…

 

When you’re ready to be baptized, we don’t require a “special class” or wait for a “special service” or on a “special day”. We’ll baptize you immediately. It’s essential and important to us that you enter into this covenant with God as soon as you’re ready.

Some say baptism is a work of man, and therefore not necessary for salvation. God’s word is clear baptism is a work of God, as much as believing is the work of God (John 6:29).

Colossians 2:11-12 NIV  In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self-ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ,  (12)  having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

LIVE A CHRISTIAN LIFE

Revelation 2:10b NIV  Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

Lastly, you must live faithfully to Jesus, doing your best daily to embody His character, being faithful to God’s commandments.

Are you ready to join us as we wait for Jesus to return and take us home?