What We Believe

Welcome! Whether your someone interested in what faith in Christ means or a Christian looking for a church to call home, Christian doctrine is a good place to start! Below you will find "our place" in the worldwide Christian church, as well as a link to our full doctrinal statement. If you have any questions, please e-mail office@hillcresmv.org and we'd be happy to answer them.


OUR PLACE IN THE WORLDWIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

We are connected to the apostolic church. We confess Jesus Christ and the faith of the apostles as recorded in the Holy Scriptures. We believe the authority of the Bible is supreme in all matters of faith, doctrine, and conduct, and it is to be trusted.

We are part of the worldwide church. We understand ourselves to be a part of the community of believers that began with Jesus’ first followers, is alive today, and will continue until Christ comes again.


WE ARE A PROTESTANT CHURCH.

We stand in the mainstream of a church renewal movement of the sixteenth century called the Protestant Reformation. Especially important is the belief that we are saved by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, not by anything that we can do. We also identify with the renewal movements that began in seventeenth-century Europe and emphasized the need for a life that is personally connected to Jesus Christ, a reliance on the Holy Spirit, and a call to service in the world.


WE ARE AN EVANGELICAL CHURCH.

A series of religious awakenings flowered in Europe and America during the nineteenth century and provided rich soil for the early growth of evangelical mission. Evangelicals historically have been characterized by a strong insistence on biblical authority, the necessity of new birth, Christ’s mandate to evangelize the world, the continuing need for education and formation in a Christian context, and a responsibility for benevolence and the advancement of biblical justice.


WE ARE A FREE METHODIST CHURCH.

Our spiritual heritage began with the revival in England led by John and Charles Wesley and the Methodists. We are Wesleyan in our theology, believing that God’s redemptive grace is available for all who would choose to respond to His invitation to follow Jesus. We think that God’s renewal can penetrate into the very core of our beings: that we really can love God with our whole being; that we really can love our neighbors as ourselves; that we can be cleaned, not just dirt painted-over. This call to wholeness makes us bold to confront all destructive behaviors – anything that dishonors God.


WE ARE A LOCAL CHURCH

Becoming real Christ-followers is the great purpose of our community. We are serious about disciple-making, sharing the good news and being a blessing to our community. We encourage everyone to grow spiritually, whether you are just finding out who Jesus is, have recently decided to follow Jesus, or have been walking the “narrow road” as a Christian for a while.


For more information on our doctrines.

For more information about the people called Free Methodist.