Who are we?
We are just Christians—people who profess to follow Jesus Christ. We are not some “kind” of Christians or some particular denomination of people. We are simply a group of people who meet for Bible study and worship on a regular basis. We are “undenominational.” Some might even say we are “predenominational.” We strive to follow the ancient faith proclaimed by Jesus and the apostles in the first century.
Our group consists of baptized believers who have been raised to walk in newness of life. We strive to follow the teachings of Jesus and to imitate his love. We are not perfect people, but rather we are committed to growing in our relationship with the Lord.
What should I expect when I visit?
Visiting a new church for the first time can be intimidating. What sorts of things will we see in the assembly when we visit? What kind of people meet here? What should I even wear?
Firstly, the best advice we have is “Come and see” (John 1:39). Pray and consider what you observe. Meet us. Get familiar with us.
Secondly, know that if you are a visitor, we will not single you out or embarrass you, but simply welcome you. Feel free to ask questions about anything you see or anything Bible-related.
As far as clothing goes, wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. Some people like to “dress up” for church. Others come as they are. Our group tends to be pretty informal. (If it’s winter, we highly suggest you bundle up!) The Scripture teaches us not to show partiality to others based on their appearance (Jms 2:1-7).
What do we do when we gather?
We usually start at 9:00 for our Bible Study. This lasts about an hour. Discussion is more “open-ended” and informal, and people are free to ask questions or make comments.
After a short break, we begin worship. We don’t see worship as a performance, but rather as an opportunity for the group to participate together in building one another up. Our assemblies typically consist of:
1) Congregational singing—we sing a number of hymns as a way of praising God and encouraging one another. Our assembly uses no mechanical accompaniment. The whole group is the “choir” and our hearts are the instrumental accompaniment. Feel free to join in! Musical training is not required—simply a heart for worship.
2) Prayer—at various points in the assembly, men of the congregation will offer words of prayer for giving thanks or making requests to God.
3) Teaching / Preaching—typically we have a preacher give a lesson from the Bible and try to make relevant applications to our lives. The length of the message varies, but we try to keep it around half an hour.
4) The Lord’s Supper—we take unleavened bread and grape juice as a way of remembering what Jesus has done for us. We do this on a weekly basis.
5) A collection—during our assembly, plates are passed around for members to contribute money to the church’s work. This is not a solicitation of visitors. We see giving is a voluntary way of expressing thanks for the good that God has done for us.
At the Hawk Ridge Church of Christ, we try our best to teach from the Bible. We believe that the message of the Scriptures has been preserved through the ages, and that this message has a powerful application for us today.
We would invite you to join us as we worship and study the Bible together! Get to know us! Feel free to ask questions about anything you see, or about the Scriptures themselves.