Welcome to Lay Lake
church of Christ, Columbiana, Alabama

You will be more than welcome at all of our services. Please come and bring your Bible to "search the Scriptures" with us.  

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Are you looking for a new church home?
Come and visit our services, and learn how important the understanding of the word of God, the Bible, is to us here. You will enjoy the atmosphere at our services, where the only expectations we have on you as a visitor is to feel welcome.

Courtesy And Kindness

First of all, you will find no exclusive pews for any person. All are greeted with equal courtesy and kindness (Acts 10:34-35; Galatians 3:28).

You will find no tendency toward entertainment with beautiful organ or piano music. Like the first century Christians, we will engage in the singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19). The words used in our songs will be easy to understand (1 Corinthians 14:15). God has commanded the sincere praise of His people to come from the heart (Colossians 3:16).

Order And Reverence

You will not be confused by many people speaking or praying at the same time. Good order will prevail at every service (1 Corinthians 14:33). You will observe one of the brethren leading the congregation reverently and quietly in prayer (1 Timothy 2:1-5).

If you are present on Sunday, the Lord's Day, you will observe the congregation eating bread and drinking the fruit of the vine in memory of the death of Christ (Matthew 26:26-29). We do this on the first day of every week, like the Christians in the first century (Acts 20:7).

You will not find special collections taken at every service. A collection is taken only on the Lord's Day (1 Corinthians 16:1-3). This congregation is supported by the free will offerings of its members. We do not ask non-members to financially support our work, nor do we engage in fund raising activities like rummage sales and bingo games. We specialize in being a church, and do not compete with places of amusement.

The Bible Is Our Only Guide

You will observe that the Bible is the textbook to which reference is repeatedly made in our classes and sermons. Special emphasis is placed on that part of the Bible known as the New Testament (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 1:16). You will never be asked to accept what some man says about the Bible; we want you to read the Bible for yourself to see "whether those things are so" (Acts 17:11).

The audience will not be embarrassed or singled out for any sort of demonstration or testimony. You can quietly observe and study that which you see and hear (1 Corinthians 14:40).

Salvation In Christ

You will hear obedience to the will of Christ emphasized as necessary to salvation: faith in Christ as taught in the gospel (Romans 10:17); repentance (Luke 24:47); confession of faith in Christ (Romans 10:9-10); and baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).

If there should be a response from someone in the audience to the appeal mentioned above, you will see them taken to a pool of water where, in simple likeness to the burial of Christ, they will be buried in water and raised to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4).

You will be more than welcome at all of our services. Please come and bring your Bible to "search the Scriptures" with us. If you do not have a Bible, we will be happy to give you one.



  In the year 1892, William J. Kirkpatrick published a hymn entitled, “Lord, I’m Coming Home.” The song consists of only four short verses and one tiny chorus. However, the message of the song is profound and of timeless importance. The song depicts a wandering child of God grappling with the decision to come back home after many years of navigating the paths of sins. This hymn addresses subjects such as disgust for sin, the tragedy of being lost, the important choice to repent, and the open arms of the Father waiting to restore an erring child. The song closes with the powerful declaration, “Coming home, I’m coming home, and nevermore to roam!” What a remarkable concept! A child of God can fall away and spend many years living in sin, but if they choose to sincerely repent, they can be restored to walk with the Lord forever! What lessons can be derived from this song? What does this song teach us relative to apostasy, repentance, and restoration? First, this song teaches the possibility of apostasy. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word “apostasy” with two meanings: 1) “renunciation of a religious faith,” and 2) “abandonment of a previous loyalty.” The word is derived from the Middle English apostasie, the Late Latin “apostasia,” and the Greek “aphistasthai,” meaning literally “to revolt.” Perhaps this was the picture intended by William J. Kirkpatrick when he penned this hymn. The song begins with the statement, “I’ve wandered far away from God, now I’m coming home; the paths of sin too long I’ve trod, Lord, I’m coming home.” The character in this song has abandoned his loyalty to God, renounced his allegiance with Him, and revolted against His divine will. The possibility of apostasy has become a reality in this person’s life. The Bible also…

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