What we believe
The Hillcrest Family desires to provide a place for everyone to discover and comply with Jesus together. As you get to know people who attend Hillcrest, you’ll locate people at distinctive levels in their spiritual seeking, and their spiritual growth. Our intention is to construct every other up “until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13).
There is one and best one living and authentic God. He is a smart, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of everything and everyone.
God is endless in holiness and all other perfections. God is all effective and all knowing; and His ideal information extends to all things, past, present, and destiny, including the future decisions of His unfastened creatures. To Him, we owe the best love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God famous Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
God the father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the glide of the flow of human history consistent with the functions of His grace. He is all effective, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to folks that come to be children of God via religion in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude towards everyone.
God the son
Christ is the everlasting Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He became conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus flawlessly discovered and did the need of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and requirements and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin.
He honored the divine regulation with the aid of His non-public obedience, and in His substitutionary loss of life on the pass, He made provision for the redemption of guys from sin. He became raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person that turned into with them before His crucifixion.
God the holy spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, completely heavenly. He inspired holy men of antique to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He allows men to understand reality. He exalts Christ. He convicts guys of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the instant of regeneration, He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ.
He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the non-secular gifts with the aid of which they serve God via His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence inside the Christian is the assurance that God will convey the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
The Holy Bible turned into written with the aid of guys divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to the guy. It is an excellent treasure of divine preparation. It has God for its creator, salvation for its end, and fact, with none combination of mistakes, for it relies upon. Therefore, all Scripture is absolutely proper and sincere.
It exhibits the ideas through which God judges us, and consequently is, and could stay to the cease of the arena, the proper center of Christian union, and the ultimate popular by means of which all human behavior, creeds, and non-secular evaluations ought to be attempted. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who’s Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Salvation entails the redemption of the entire man and is obtainable freely to all who take delivery of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who through His own blood received eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest experience salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There isn’t any salvation other than private religion in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Regeneration, or the brand-new delivery, is a work of God’s grace wherein believers end up new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is an exchange of coronary heart wrought with the aid of the Holy Spirit thru conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance towards God and religion in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon ideas of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and accept as true within Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a dating of peace and favor with God.
Sanctification is the experience, starting in regeneration, with the aid of which the believer is ready apart to God’s functions, and is enabled to develop closer to moral and spiritual adulthood via the presence and strength of the Holy Spirit living in him. Growth in grace needs to maintain for the duration of the regenerate man or woman’s lifestyles.
Humanity is the special creation of God, made in His personal people. He created them male and girl as the crowning paintings of His creation. The presence of gender is hence a part of the goodness of God’s advent. In the start, a guy turned into harmless of sin and changed into endowed via his Creator with freedom of preference. By his unfastened desire guy sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his unique innocence wherein his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined in the direction of sin.
New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a self-sufficient nearby congregation of baptized believers, associated via covenant inside the faith and fellowship of the gospel; staring at the 2 ordinances of Christ, governed by way of His legal guidelines, work out the items, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and searching for to increase the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates underneath the Lordship of Christ thru democratic tactics. In one of these congregation, every member is accountable and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officials are pastors and deacons. While both ladies and men are talented for the carrier in the church, the workplace of pastor is restricted to guys as qualified by Scripture.