About Christ's Church of Joplin

Thanks for checking us out. If you haven't been to one of our Sunday meetings, you are invited to come some Sunday morning at 9:00 or 11:00 AM. Have a cup of coffee, meet some people, and see what happens. Each meeting is about 90 minutes long. During each of these meetings there are nurseries and programs for kids.

We hope these Sunday gatherings reflect our enthusiasm for Jesus and his cause and our commitment to building communities where lives are radically transformed by grace. We hope you will feel both welcomed and challenged. We hope you will experience these things on Sunday because this is the kind of community we aspire to be every day of the week.

If you are looking for more detail about what we believe and what we are doing, you should be able to find some good clues here on the website. If you like what you see, come join us. We are looking for broken people who need healing, lonely people who need a family, and disenchanted people who need a glorious challenge.

Tim Chambers

What We Believe

    • The Word of God

    • We believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, without error in the original manuscripts, and the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

      2 Tim. 3:16-17, 1 Cor. 2:12-13

    • The Godhead

    • We believe that there is one living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, eternally existing in three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that these are indivisible, and that each fully possesses every divine perfection.

      Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14

    • The Fall of Man

    • We believe that man was created by God in his own image; that man sinned and by sin incurred physical and spiritual death; that all humans are born with a sinful nature, and are sinners by choice, and are therefore under just condemnation; that man is unable through his own effort to restore himself to right relationship with God.

      Rom. 5:6-19

    • Jesus Christ

    • We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, fully God and fully man. We believe in his sinless life, his miracles, and his teaching.

      We believe Jesus Christ died in our place and for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day, personally appearing to his disciples.

      We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, his exaltation and enthronement at the Father's right hand, and his intercession for his people.

      Luke 1:26-35, John 1:18, Is. 7:14; 9:6-7; Rom. 4:25, 1 Cor. 15:1-8; Acts 2:33; 5:31, 1 Peter 3:21-22

    • Salvation

    • We believe that all who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are made alive by the Holy Spirit, cleansed of their sins, delivered from condemnation, granted the righteousness of Christ and life abundant and unending; that these are gifts of grace provided for entirely by the merits of Christ and his work on the cross.

      Eph. 2:8-9, Heb. 9:12, 22, Rom. 5:11

    • Baptism

    • We believe in baptism by immersion in water for the believer in order to fulfill the command of Christ, a mark of our union with him and his body.

      Matt. 28:19, Acts 2:37-41, 19:1-6

    • The Holy Spirit

    • We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, a tangible experience of God’s empowering presence.

      We believe that the Holy Spirit abides within all believers, setting them apart unto God, guiding, strengthening, and teaching them.

      We believe in the present availability of all the gifts of the Spirit mentioned in the Scriptures and manifested in the early church. We believe that the proper employment of these gifts is essential to the growth and maturity of the body of Christ, the church.

      Mark 1:8, Acts 2:1-4, 8:14-17, 10:44-46; John 14:16-17, Rom. 8:9-17, 1 John 4:13; 1 Cor. 12-14, Eph. 4:11

    • The Church

    • We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all who are born of the Spirit are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and joined together for worship, fellowship, and work. We believe that God has entrusted to the church the task of making the good news of Jesus known to the world.

      Eph. 2:19-22, Acts 1:8; 2:42, Heb. 10:23-25

    • The Lord’s Supper

    • We believe in the breaking of bread, commonly called communion or the Lord's Supper, instituted by Jesus for the commemoration of his death, an expression of our participation in his death and eternal life, and of our union with his body, the church.

      Luke 22:19-20, 1 Cor. 10:16-17, 1 Cor. 11:23-32

    • Christian Conduct

    • We believe in the Spirit-filled life and the development of godly character; that a Christian should enjoy God; that he should live for the glory of God and the good of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world, that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

      Eph. 4:17-32; 5:18-21, 1 Cor. 10:31, 2 Cor. 6:14, 7:1

    • The Last Things

    • We believe in the personal and visible return of Jesus to the earth to judge the living and the dead.

      We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and the eternal judgment of Satan and his angels.

      We believe in the resurrection of the dead, in eternal life for the believer, and eternal punishment of the unbeliever.

      Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thess. 4:16-17, 2 Tim. 4:1; Matt. 25:41, Rev. 20:10-15; John 3:16, John 5:24, John 14:2-3, 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 1:6-9

Our Staff

    • Tim Chambers

    • Tim leads the team of elders that leads Christ’s Church. He teaches. He coaches other leaders. He has beaten the Tanks game on the Wii at least four times. Tim and his wife Mary are interested in each other and therefore have lots of kids.

    • Lane Clevenger

    • Lane serves as a part-time staff elder at Christ’s Church. He oversees the staff and helps Tim make all of his wardrobe decisions. He is married to Abby, and they have three kids whose names can’t be released to the internet. The Clevengers love to throw parties and play outside.

    • Lynn Fleshman

    • Lynn is the secretary for Christ’s Church. She answers phones and responds to email, does some bookkeeping, writes and edits most of our printed and digital materials, and serves as a personal assistant to the elders. She enjoys cooking and gardening. She has a black belt in Scrabble.

    • Dave Johnson

    • Dave works part time in pastoral care at Christ’s Church. Dave and his wife Chris live in the country. They have four daughters, two sons-in-law, and a grand-baby. Dave loves God, family, baseball, and bluegrass. He also enjoys wearing overalls.

    • Jeremiah Anderson

    • Jeremiah oversees the Community Groups and the Youth Ministry here at Christ’s Church. He is married to Jenn and together they have six children.

    • Karly Choate