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Perhaps you have never been to church
before, but you are curious. Maybe it
has been some time since you have
"been to church." Perhaps you
are new to the area, or are dissatisfied
with your present church situation.
Whatever your circumstances, you are
welcome at Rural Hill.
We believe that everyone needs the Lord
in their life. As you look for a church
home in which to connect with God, and
people, we hope that you will consider
WHO ARE WE?
WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
FOR THOSE WITH
HOW DO I BECOME A
MEMBER AT RURAL HILL?
WHO ARE WE?
We are a racially mixed
congregation in a fast-growing area of
Nashville. We have over 500 present each
Sunday. People of all ages and stages of
life find a place at Rural Hill.
We have an attended nursery and classes
for all ages. Families with children and
teens will be drawn to our active youth
ministry. (For more info, click the link
to the youth website.) Singles, young
couples, people in mid-life and seniors
are also special to us.
WHAT DO WE
We believe that the Bible is
the inspired Word of God. We believe
that Jesus is the Son of God. We believe
"it is by grace you have been
saved, through faith - and this is not
from yourselves, it is the gift of
God..." (Ephesians 2:8). We believe
that we should strive to have a living,
obedient, Biblical faith. We are glad to
speak with you personally about other
questions of faith and doctrine.
WHAT CAN I
EXPECT WHEN I VISIT?
First of all, you will not be
pressured or purposely embarrassed. We
all had a 'first day' at church, and we
understand what that is like. We hope
that you will find that we are a
friendly group. If you have any
questions, please ask.
Because of our continuing growth, we
offer two morning worship assemblies.
The first one begins at 8:15 a.m., the
second worship begins at 10:30 a.m.
our Children's Worship time for kids
4-years-old through 11-years-old, is
offered concurrently with our a.m.
offer Bible classes for all ages from
9:30-10:15 a.m. Most people arrive about
ten minutes early. Reserved parking for
our guests is located directly in front
of the main building, along the
retaining wall, beside the church sign.
You will notice that we sing several
songs during our worship to God. We
project songs onto screens at our
morning assemblies. Song books are also
available for those wishing to use them.
Our song leaders do a great job leading
us in worship. Everyone sings as an
expression of their genuine love for
God. You may sing if you wish, or just
listen if you prefer. We do not use
instruments in worship. We simply use
our voices and our hearts. If you have
never experienced this type of worship,
you may be surprised at how heartfelt
and uplifting it can be! We sing a
mixture of traditional and contemporary
songs - reflective of the diverse age
range and preferences in our
We pray every time we are together. We
offer prayers of praise and
thanksgiving, in addition to praying for
God's guidance and for healing of the
sick. A brother in Christ will lead our
thoughts, and we each pray from our
hearts to our living, loving God.
Every Sunday we offer the Lord’s
Supper (communion). This is a time to
specifically focus on Jesus’ death on
the cross and the salvation He offers.
Every baptized believer is encouraged to
We give a voluntary offering to the Lord
each Sunday. This is done by passing a
basket down each pew. As our guest you
are not expected to give, but you may
certainly participate if you wish.
We hear a lesson from God’s Word. The
Bible is the foundation of our lives. We
read from it every time we are together.
The sermons are taken directly from
Scripture with a focus on practical
application in our daily lives.
PowerPoint slides and pictures are often
used to enhance our study.
We offer Bible classes on Sunday
mornings and Wednesday evenings. Classes
are available for all ages. All children
from birth through 4th grade meet in the
main building. Students in grades 7-12
have their own house (the YACK Shack)
where they met for Bible study,
fellowship, and fun. Our 5th and 6th
graders currently have their classes in
the YACK Shack, but this will change
when our new addition is built
(completion expected in 2008).
WHAT SHOULD I
Most people wear clothes
appropriate for work or school. Some
prefer to wear suits or dresses, some
are more casual. We accept people as
they are. There is no need to dress up
to try to be someone that you’re not.
Whether you come as a businessperson in
a suit, or in jeans, that is fine with
FOR THOSE WITH
We are striving to be an
inclusive church. We have a growing
number of families with special-needs
children. Many of them are mainstreamed
into classes with others their ages,
however some parents feel more
comfortable keeping their children with
them. Although our current auditorium is
not as wheelchair friendly as we would
like, we are accustomed to, and welcome,
people with limited mobility. We also
have hearing assisting devices. Reserved
parking spaces near the entrance are
to encourage your attendance.
HOW DO I BECOME
A MEMBER AT RURAL HILL?
Membership at Rural Hill is open to any
baptized believer who is trying to live
their life in accordance with God’s
Word. If you desire to place membership
at Rural Hill you may either speak to
one of the elders or ministers, or
indicate your desire on a visitor’s
card. If you indicate interest on a card
you will be contacted within a few days.
Once you indicate your desire to place
membership, one of the elders or
ministers will speak with you about your
baptism. In a world of religious
divergence, there are many views held
about this important Biblical doctrine.
The Bible teaches that baptism is by
immersion, and that it is for the
forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38, Acts
22:16, Romans 6:3-4, Galatians 3:26-27).
If you were baptized by any other way
than immersion, or baptized for any
other reason than to have your sins
forgiven, we would like to discuss the
matter with you. Please be assured that
our conversation will be
are regular people from all walks of
life. We are imperfect. We have
strengths and weaknesses. But we love
God, and we want to spend eternity with
Him. We hope you will join us on this
journey. We look forward to meeting you.
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