The Magnolia Park Church of Christ was started in the 1950’s. It got its beginning when Bro. Franklin McGill ran a tent meeting for a month in the city of Opa-Locka, Florida. Several souls were baptized, and when the meeting was over Bro. Richard E. Payne was sent to be the minister. Bro. Payne worked diligently for serval years, then left Magnolia Park to work with another congregation.
In June 1958, Bro. O. L. Lamar became the minister. He and his wife worked long and hard with the saints at Magnolia Park, and as a result of their efforts, property was purchased and a building was erected. Bro. Lamar served with the congregation until his retirement in 1987.
In 1988, the congregation appointed Bro. John Davis as minister. Under his leadership, the congregation thrived and many souls were added. A decision was soon made to enlarge the building to include a fellowship hall and kitchen. Bro. Davis worked with the congregation until he became ill in 1994. Bro. A. B. Alford began the work in 1994 and under his leadership, Magnolia Park saw many changes in its building program. We acquired the property on the west-side of the building and a small house on the corner across from the building. In January of 2003, the old building was demolished to make way for our new edifice. But soon tragedy struck, and in the early part of 2004, the congregation lost its beloved minister.
Again, the congregation was without a spiritual leader, but with prayers, God blessed us with Bro. Aldanzo L. Pratt in July 2004. He and his wife worked diligently with the congregation until 2015.
About the Bible: The Bible is the history of God’s relationship with people, written by human beings working under God’s direction.As the ultimate truth for all people, it tells us how to conduct our lives as God’s creation and as members of His family. Psalm 19:7-11; 119:105; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
About God: There is only one God, the Creator of all life and the ruler of the universe. God shows Himself as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God loves us more than we can imagine and passionately desires a relationship with us. He sent His son Jesus to make us holy and free us from the power of sin. Genesis 1:26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:13-17; John 3:16; Romans 1:18-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:6
About Salvation: We can do nothing to deserve or earn God’s acceptance. It is a gift of His love. We receive this gift (grace) through faith in the perfect life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Being saved requires the individual:
Hear the Gospel. (Acts 15, Rom. 10:17)
Believe the Gospel (Heb. 11:6, Mk 16: 15,16)
Repent of past sins. (Luke 13: 3,5)
Confess faith in Christ (Rom. 10:10)
Be baptized into Christ (Acts 2:38, Gal. 3:27)
Be faithful until death (Rev. 2:10)