What to Expect When You Visit
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.
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. With everyone invited to participate we think you’ll find the singing meaningful and heartfelt.
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.
We support a full-time preacher 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.
At the close of the sermon, the preacher will “extend an invitation.” This is simply an expedient time to invite those who are moved to do so to make a commitment or request prayer support. We will encourage those who wish to “respond” to come to the front of the auditorium while the congregation sings a hymn.
Please do not feel ill-at-ease during this invitation. You will not be singled out in any way. There may be some who respond, or none. Some may respond for baptism, some to confess sins, some to ask for prayers for a specific need, or some to “identify” or “place membership” with this church body.
If anyone responds for baptism, you will witness the baptism during this service. The baptism will be by immersion (2) and will be for the remissions of sins. (3).
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.During this memorial, plates containing pieces of unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Christ. (5) Each Christian that participates will break off a piece of bread and eat it.Next, trays filled with small cups containing “fruit of the vine” (grape juice) will be distributed. 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 just pass the plate or tray to the person sitting next to you.
Also, if you visit on a Sunday, containers will be passed to collect the weekly financial offering. (7) As our guest, you will not be pressured and are not expected to make a donation. Feel perfectly comfortable to just pass the collection plate on down the row. The money that is collected is used to spread the gospel as well as helping needy saints.
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. 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, 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.
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