With other Christians throughout the ages, we proclaim classic Christian beliefs as expressed by the Apostles’ Creed. At Hillside Christian Community, we believe we must emphasize what is most important, and not divide over minor points. More specifically, you will find our teaching is based on the following core beliefs:
God Almighty exists eternally as one God in three persons: the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. (This is historically understood as the Trinity.) God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. God is of one substance but three Persons in relationship. God is a personal Being; He wants personal relationships with His creation.
Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity. He was born of the Virgin Mary by miraculous conception. Being both fully God and fully human, Jesus lived a sinless life, perfectly revealing God the Father. By His suffering, death on the cross, and resurrection, Jesus provided the only way to salvation. Jesus rose from the dead after three days and ascended to heaven where He rules and reigns with God the Father. Jesus will return again to earth and rule as the supreme Judge and King of all.
On The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, not a mere force. The Holy Spirit’s inner prompting makes people aware of their need for Jesus. He is given to believers at the moment of salvation, to empower them to live a holy life and to grant gifts for the service of the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit leads all believers into truth and to become like Christ as a result of submitting to His leading.
God creates men and women in His image and God loves all. We are made to know God personally and to glorify Him in and through our lives. However, in addition to the wonderful promise and potential, each of us also has an inner attitude of rebellion against God’s leadership in our lives. This is sin. Sin separates us from God. Sin causes us to fall short from God’s purpose for our lives. No one has lived a sinless life (except Jesus Christ), and therefore, all of humanity is in need of God’s forgiveness and salvation in and through Jesus Christ.
Salvation is a gift of God which one received through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is not earned or deserved or entitled to someone. All are able to experience the assurance of salvation because of God’s promise in and through Jesus Christ.
On The Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to each of us; human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote it. The Bible is God’s full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice. The core teachings of the Bible have defined Christianity for 2,000 years. The Bible is a “canon” (“standard” or “rule”) made up of 66 books. There are 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.