Four Lakes church of Christ
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302 Acewood Blvd.
Madison, WI 53714
Phone: 608-224-0274

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What The Bible Teaches

This congregation is a group of people who are drawn together by a common faith in Jesus Christ.  Following the teaching of the Lord, we are known only as "Christians" (Acts 11:26), and when spoken of as a group, we seek to be only His church, thus one of the "churches of Christ" (Romans 16:16).  The Bible is our only source of authority in doctrine, worship, and organization.  The Bible repeatedly warns about the danger of changing the divine message (Galatians 1:6-9).  As imperfect people, we pray to God for forgiveness (Acts 8:24), confess our shortcomings (James 5:16) and rely on each other for encouragement and support (Hebrews 10:23-25).

We are an independent and self-governing congregation under Christ alone as Head (Ephesians 1:22-23), with no denominational affiliation or earthly headquarters, though we recognize a special closeness to other churches of Christ.  We deplore the denominational divisions of today and pray for the time when all professed Christians will rid themselves of all humanly devised barriers and come into the unity of the faith that is in Christ, so that the world may believe that God sent Him (John 17:20-21).

Those who are not yet Christians are taught to believe in Jesus Christ with the whole heart (John 8:24), to repent of sins (Luke 13:3), to confess their faith in the Lord (Matthew 10:32-33), and to be buried with Christ in baptism for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Galatians 3:26-27; Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21).  Since baptism must be preceded by faith and repentance, we do not practice infant baptism.  And since the baptism instituted by Jesus and practiced by the early church was immersion, we follow that practice today (Colossians 2:12).  Thus, baptism truly symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and this becomes to the penitent believer his burial of the former sinful self and resurrection to the new life in Christ (Romans 6:1-7).  Following baptism, we encourage one another to live in righteousness (1 Peter 2:24).

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As a congregation, we exist for the purpose of following Him who came to minister and to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:42-45).  Therefore, to the extent that we can, we are active in mission work and benevolence.  Our marching orders are the Lord's worldwide commission to teach and preach the good news (Matthew 28:18-20).  Our hope is His everlasting kingdom (2 Peter 1:11) and the resurrection of the dead (1 Peter 1:3-4).  Our message is "Jesus Christ and Him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:2).  Christ is our only creed, and the Bible is our only rule of faith and practice, "For we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake" (2 Corinthians 4:5).

What to Expect

Our style of worship is simple, patterned after the teaching and example of the Christians in the New Testament.  The entire worship program is planned, but not rigid.  Our Sunday morning assembly normally lasts about an hour.

When you visit with us, please feel free to sit anywhere - there are no reserved seats.  If you feel comfortable in doing so, please fill out a welcome card and drop it in the offering basket (we use it for recordkeeping and to thank our guests for coming).  You may also use the welcome card to submit prayer requests, to ask a question, or to request other information concerning the congregation.  Any sincere questions about the teaching of the Lord will always bring out our attitude of searching the Scriptures to find the answer.

Our History

The Four Lakes congregation was established in October 1995.  In the early years, the church met in the library of Elvehjem Elementary School, until we purchased a modest facility of our own in October 2001.  The church started with 19 people and currently has an average Sunday morning attendance of around 75.

We are active in several mission works, including the ministry of Brett and Joanne Rutherford in Devonport, Tasmania (Australia).  Brett served as the minister at Four Lakes from 1996 until he moved back to Australia to help establish a congregation in early 2000.  We have been supporting him since that time.  We have also provided disaster relief (especially after the Indian Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina).  Other mission efforts have included Green Bay, Rice Lake, French Bible Missions (based in Crystal Lake, Illinois), and the Spanish congregation in Grayslake, Illinois.  We are also quite active in our support of Shults-Lewis Child & Family Services, a Christian residential treatment facility for children who are victims of abuse or neglect.  In addition to donating all of the coins from our weekly collection, we also participate in an annual commodity drive for Shults-Lewis.  We serve our local community by maintaining a food pantry at our facility.

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Schedule of Services
Bible Classes 9:30 a.m.
Worship 10:30 a.m.
Bible Classes 7:00 p.m.
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