What to expect

What to expect

 

What you can expect when you visit the North Hixson church of Christ

 

 

We want you to visit us at the North Hixson church of Christ. We also want you to feel comfortable.  Visiting a new place can be intimidating and we are here to answer any questions you might have.  But first, let us tell you what you can expect when you honor us with a visit.

Let’s start by walking through a worship service.

Singing

 

 

One of the unique things about churches of Christ – and something you might find strange – is that the music is “a cappella.”  That means we sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments. This is not just a preference, it is a conviction.  We are seeking to worship according to the New Testament pattern.  Since the New Testament leaves instrumental music out, we believe it’s best to exclude it too. (1)

You may consider us narrow on this point; however, we believe that you will respect our reasoning behind it and our conviction for it and we would be glad to discuss it more with you. With everyone invited to participate, we think you’ll find the singing meaningful and heartfelt.

Praying

 

 

Various men from the congregation will lead the group in prayer.  Sometimes there may be prayers for specific needs and requests.  Typically we pray several times during our worship service.

Preaching

 

 

We support a two full-time preachers to prepare and present Bible lessons.  All in attendance are encouraged to use their Bible to follow along and gain a fuller understanding and knowledge of God and His expectations of us.  If you did not bring a Bible with you, that is okay.  There are Bibles located on each pew that are free to use if you wish.

Lord’s supper

 

 

If you visit us on a Sunday, the Lord’s Supper will be included in the proceedings.  Christians observe this memorial every “first day of the week.” (4)  Again, the reason for this is our desire to follow New Testament teaching. The bread symbolizes the body of Christ. (5) Each Christian that participates by taking a piece of bread and eating it. Next, trays filled with small cups containing “fruit of the vine” (grape juice) are used.  This symbolizes the blood of Jesus. (6)  Each one will drink the contents of the cup. If you choose not to participate, don’t be embarrassed.  Feel free to reach to someone nearby if your have further questions.

Offering

 

 

Also, if you visit on a Sunday, a basket is placed at the back to collect the weekly financial offering. (7)  As our guest, you will not be pressured and are not expected to make a donation. The money that is collected is used to spread the gospel as well as helping needy saints.
 

The people

What kind of people can you expect to find?  Pretty much the entire spectrum, as in any group.

We are a diverse group.  We come from varied backgrounds and are all at different stages of knowledge and spiritual growth.  We don’t know everything.  We don’t always do everything right.  We don’t always treat each other as we should. 

You won’t have to look very far to find our failures, we were brought together by our recognition that we all fall short and need God’s help.  You will find a group of people who love Jesus and love the Bible.

We haven’t arrived – we are just on the journey.

What will be expected of you

 

 

Nothing at all.  You may be asked to fill out a visitors card, and this is just so we have a record of your attendance.  However, feel free to decline this request if you prefer. 

If you have questions about our worship, or want to know more about God, or how to become a christian please don’t hesitate to ask.  Any one of our members would be happy to assist you.  Thank you very much for visiting us here at the North Hixson church of Christ.


Notes:

1.              I Cor. 14:15; Eph. 5:18-19; Col. 3:16

2.              Acts 8:35-39; Rom. 6:3-4; Col. 2:12

3.              Acts 2:38

4.              Acts 20:7

5.              I Cor. 11:23-25

6.              1 Cor. 11:23-25

7.              I Cor. 16:1-2

8.              Mark 2:17; Rom. 5:6-9; Eph. 1:7