Richland Christian Church

The Richland Christian Church is a congregation of immersed believers in Jesus Christ. It is a Church that is patterned after the Church found in the New Testament, established on the Day of Pentecost, 30 A.D. (Acts, chapter two). The Church recognizes Jesus Christ as the only head of the Church. It accepts the Bible as the inspired Word of God and the only rule of faith and practice. As a congregation, we believe that the only name God has given for His people to wear is "Christian" and we wear no other.
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About the years of 1840 to 1845 there immigrated from Ohio and Kentucky the families of Robert Miller, Robert Mitchel, Robert Merit, Robert Woods, William Laug, John Stevenson, John Richards, and James Jones. Many of these were members of the Church of Christ. Merit, Mitchel and Richards took turns filling the place of speaker for the young congregation. The first house of worship was built in 1848. It was a hewn log building that measured 33 feet square. It stood near the Friendship Cemetery on what was known then as the Burrough farm. Logs were cut and shaped by neighbors and hauled to the site by John Beeler. Our first church was called "Mud Chapel". It was the first Christian Church organized in the county.
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Some of those that preached in this old chapel were: Jacob Shively, Joseph Lauham, William Laug, Jordan, Merris, and Godby.
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After about 10 years the old church was replaced with a new, bigger building about one mile away. It was then called "Friendship Church". The church experienced steady growth with John Stevenson, Robert Woods, and Robert Miller serving as Elder, and Joshua Summers preaching.
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The next preacher was J. L. Jacobs. He served for some years and many of his family are still members fo the present congregation.
After the turn of the century, the church decided to build in Richland. The building was dedicated November 2, 1902. After many revivals the congregation grew and became a great influence in the area. The present building was built in 1968, with the first service Easter Sunday, 1969.
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This congregation practices the terms of salvation found in the Bible. The Bible teaches that one must: 1. Hear the Gospel (Romans 10:17), 2. Believe in Jesus Christ as the risen Son of God (Acts 8:37, 18:31), 3. Repent of your sins (Acts 2:38, 17:30), 4. Confess his faith in Jesus as the Christ (Mathew 10:32, Romans 10:10), 5. Be baptized by immersion in water for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38, 22:16), 6. Live a righteous life before God and man unto death (I Peter 1:14-16, Revelation 2:10).
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(Note: The name changed from Friendship Church to Richland Christian Church when the church moved to Richland.)