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For those of the Christian faith, the church is a gathering place for worship and community. While the Bible provides a basis for how the faith is expressed, services may vary slightly based on the denomination. A Baptist service may be quite different from a Catholic service. But each congregation shares a sense of hope, grace and fellowship. Here are some terms associated with the church and its various denominations.

  • Catholic – A member of the Roman Catholic Church, which tradition says was founded by the Apostle Peter at the bequest of Jesus Christ.
  • Lutheran – A denomination founded by Martin Luther in the 16th century, which departed from Catholic tradition in its views on certain doctrines and teachings.
  • Baptist – A Protestant faith with a strong belief in individual freedom and the separation of church and state.
  • Methodist – Founded in the 17th century, the Methodist church is characterized with active community participation, particularly in social welfare issues.
  • Presbyterian – The Presbyterian church was modeled after the traditional Calvinist churches in Europe, but is also one of the few denominations to ordain women as ministers.
  • Orthodox – A branch of the Catholic faith that separated from Roman Catholic tradition in the year 1054. It remains a dominant religion in many Slavic nations.
  • Communion – A church ritual in which parishioners are given bread and wine, symbolizing the body and blood of Christ.
  • Liturgy – The form and content of the church service.
  • Tithe – The percentage of income a church member is asked to give to their church.
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    The Apostolic Promise Church
    750 N Mount Auburn Rd, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
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    (573) 334-0745
    User Review: "Exceedibly friendly! great msuic. Energetic preaching. A wealth of ministry opportunities. Dynamic spirit of god."
    Destiny Center
    204 E Main Street, Festus, MO 63028
    Non-denominational spirit-filled church in Christian international network. We help you pursue your dreams and destiny. Prophecy and deliverance for members!
    (636) 937-9998
    Church of The Living God
    327 Little Creek Loop, Dongola, IL 62926
    A full gospel Christian church believing, teaching, living & walking the Christian walk in holiness & purity with our Lord Jesus Christ.
    (618) 827-4956
    Patterson Baptist Church
    92 Po Box, Patterson, MO 63956
    (573) 856-4611
    Harvest Full Gospel Church
    59219 Highway 49, Des Arc, MO 63636
    (573) 598-1130
    Harvest Baptist Church
    1606 S Main St, Piedmont, MO 63957
    (573) 223-7433
    First Gospel Light House
    1046 Rr 4 Box, Piedmont, MO 63957
    (573) 223-9015
    St Catherine's Catholic Church
    109 Piedmont Ave, Piedmont, MO 63957
    (573) 223-4924
    Grace Lutheran Church
    114 E Green St, Piedmont, MO 63957
    (573) 223-7545
    Faith Christian Church
    303 N Main St, Piedmont, MO 63957
    (573) 223-7112
    Friendship Baptist Church
    415 S Main St, Piedmont, MO 63957
    (573) 223-2023
    Church Of Christ
    109 Oak St, Piedmont, MO 63957
    (573) 223-7727
    The Church of Christ
    458 Po Box, Greenville, MO 63944
    (573) 224-3691
    Faith Assembly of God
    137 Main St, Greenville, MO 63944
    (573) 224-5272
    Open Door House of Prayer
    47000 Highway 49, Annapolis, MO 63620
    (573) 598-3588

    Religion has been around practically since the start of civilization. Choosing a faith is a personal and, at times, lifelong journey, with many choosing to follow one of the most popular religions in the world: Christianity. This large religion, concentrating on the beliefs detailed in the Bible, is divided into branches with distinct differences ranging from Presbyterianism to Methodism. One of the most popular branches of Christianity is Catholicism. Roman Catholics interpret the Bible to worship Jesus and his Apostles who spread his word and are the result of a split away from the Lutherans. The Baptist denomination is unique in its immersion-based baptism and its emphasis on the New Covenant, or the coming of the Messiah. The southern United States features one of the highest concentrations of Baptists along with evangelicalism and Methodists. The Methodist community recognizes Holy Communion and baptism as Sacraments, and many of its structural elements are founded from the original beliefs of Anglicanism. Presbyterianism worship stems from Calvinism and the Reformation, where the authority of God and the Scriptures is the paramount source of grace. These branches all focus on similar missions in their teachings and concentration on events such as Easter, Good Friday, and the Pentecost. Locating the fellowship right for you begins with an exploration of your own personal beliefs and life experiences. What do you hope to achieve from your faith and your congregation? Do you consider yourself a strict orthodox worshiper or something less? These questions will help pinpoint the community right for you. Consult an official in an episcopal church concerning your questions and experiment with different sects as well as churches to find one right for you. When life’s messages come in fuzzy, the presence of Christ helps to filter it and lead you down the right path.
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