A COMMUNITY OF WORD & SPIRIT
Hillside Church is a Christian community defined by our adherence to God’s Word and dependence on the Holy Spirit. We believe Word & Spirit were the basis for the church’s formation on the day of Pentecost and, therefore, should be our foundation as well. Thus, our guiding documents, which consist of our beliefs, mission, vision, and core values are reflective of the premium we place on scriptural authority and the Spirit’s empowering presence in our lives. Furthermore, our aim is to align our behavior with the intentions expressed by these documents. We acknowledge such an ideal is impossible without God’s help. Yet, as our behaviors align with our intentions, we fulfill our desire to become passionately devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and our sole authority for faith and practice.
We believe the criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.
We believe in the unity and trinity of God, eternally existing as three equal persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ.
We believe in the sinfulness of all persons. One result of sin is shattered relationships with God, self, and others.
We believe that eternal salvation and restored relationships are uniquely possible through faith in Jesus Christ who died for us, was raised by God from the dead, and is coming again. This salvation is offered to all people.
We believe in the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation and in the renewing presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer and the church.
We believe in the equality and essential dignity of men and women of all races, ages, classes, recognizing that all are made in the image of God.We believe both men and women are divinely gifted and called to develop and use their God-given gifts for the good of the church, home, and society.
For a more extensive description of the beliefs that we most closely align with, please see the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message.
Our purpose is to be a safe place where all are welcome, a place where the Holy Spirit transforms our lives, and a place where we are equipped to be sent into the world as representatives of Jesus Christ.
Our mission is to foster discipleship: to help people become passionately devoted followers of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20)
A PASSION FOR JESUS CHRIST
Foremost in the life of our church is a passion for Jesus Christ manifested by an adherence to God’s Word and a dependence on the Holy Spirit’s empowering presence. (John 14:23-26)
WITNESSING TO THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST
Flowing out of God’s love for the world is our commitment to lovingly witness the good news of Jesus Christ to our family, friends and other seekers. (John. 3:16-17)
We value as essential establishing and nurturing a Christian community united in love for Jesus Christ and one another. (John 13:34-35)
We are dedicated to helping Christians become passionate in their devotion for the person, mission and life-style of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:16-20)
THE MINISTRY OF GRACE
Having received and benefited from God’s unconditional love, our desire is to minister His grace to others. (Ephesians 2:1-10)
We believe that showing love in tangible, practical ways for the neediest in the community is essential for true discipleship (Matthew 25:31-46).