WHO WE ARE
Hillside Bible is a Christ centered, autonomous church, not a branch or location of another. As a Bible believing fellowship, we believe the primary purpose of the church is to win, train and send Believers into the world as Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-14).
What separates us from many other churches is that, as a center of spiritual Discovery, Development and Deployment, we are dedicated to cultivating genuine personal relationships and following God's Word in our everyday lives.
We promote strong, in depth preaching-teaching, so that each hearer of the Word can be "equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:17; 2 Timothy 4:2). This rare commodity is difficult to find in today's church culture, where many flock to be merely entertained or told what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3).
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; each possessing all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality, equally. He created the Universe and all things therein out of nothing, thus manifesting the glory of His majesty, power, wisdom and goodness. He continues to sustain creation by His power and reign by His providence, to fulfill His redemptive purposes (Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:26-27; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-3; John 4:24; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Word (Logos) of God, who was in the form of God in eternity past. He emptied Himself was conceived by the Holy Spirit, made in the likeness of man, born of the Virgin Mary and is truly God and truly man. Living a sinless life, He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice, dying on the cross for the sin of all people (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:25-38; John 1:1-3; John 1:14; Romans 9:5; Philippians 2:6-8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-16; Hebrews 9:11-12).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and the Son. He applies to mankind the saving work of Christ, enlightens minds to His Truth, convicts them of their need for a Savior and regenerates them. At the moment of salvation, He permanently indwells every believer, becoming the source of assurance, strength, and wisdom, uniquely endows each believer with gifts for ministry and guides them in understanding and applying the Scripture. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character, pray in accord with God’s will and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father (John 14:16-17,26; John 15:26-27; John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9, Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:9-14; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 1:13-14).
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was inscribed by men, as God inspired the very words in Its entirety, making It inerrant in the original manuscripts. The Bible is eternal, and the supreme source of Truth and final authority for Faith and Life (Psalm 119:105; Psalm 119:160; Isaiah 40:8; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe that mankind was created in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character and person. That first man sinned, disobeying God and thereby incurred not only the onset of physical death, but instantaneous spiritual death; separation from God. Now every person is born with a fallen nature, and becomes a guilty sinners in thought, word and deed in God’s sight (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-12; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12-18; 1 John 1:8).
We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. The eternal security of the Christ-follower is based on the grace of God and the fact that eternal life is a gift and is eternal. When we place our faith in Christ we are brought into a relationship with the Godhead that assures our salvation is secure.
We believe that Jesus Christ died for all sin, as God and in our place; that He rose victoriously from the grave on the third day according to the Scriptures. Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must individually receive it by faith. All who believe and trust in Him are justified (declared righteous) by the price of His shed blood (Isaiah 53:1-6; Matthew 20:28; John 3:16; Romans 3:24-26; Romans 5:1; 1 Corinthians 15:1-3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 2:2).
All who come by grace through repentance and faith to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and confess Him as Lord are born again of the Holy Spirit, become children of God and are given the certainty of eternal life (John 1:12-13; John 3:3-5; Romans 8:14-17; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5-7; 1 John 5:11-13).
We believe that there is one true Church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We believe that the Scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, the teaching of the Word, the observance of believers baptism and communion as the ordinances established by Jesus Christ, fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts and outreach to the world (Matthew 28:18-20; Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:42-47).
We believe in the personal, imminent, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God by forgiveness and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. To be eternally separated from God is called the torment of Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. We believe in the ultimate bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting joy of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; Romans 6:23; I Corinthians 15:51-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:4-15).