Welcome to The Hill Church. We know it can be somewhat intimidating entering into a new environment, but we are glad to you are interested in visiting our church. To help you get to know us and give you a glimpse at what you can expect, we have answered some general questions about our church and what we do.
What is The Hill Church?
The Hill is a new church in Fayetteville that seeks to “transform our community with the truth and beauty of Christ.” We believe that church is not a place you go to, but it’s a people who exist to glorify God and worship him in all that they do. When the people of God are engaged with the Gospel, equipped as ministers of reconciliation, and see themselves as sent missionaries into their circles of influence, then the city, culture, and lives are transformed.
That’s why at The Hill we strive to be a missional church who seeks to glorify God by the preaching of the Gospel and by building a greater Fayetteville as we pursue its redemption by the Gospel.
What Kind of People Attend The Hill Church?
At The Hill, we hope to be a diverse people of different ages, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, professions, skills, interests, and passions. Spiritual speaking, we are just as diverse welcoming people who have been in church their whole lives alongside those who are exploring Christianity for the first time. You will quickly find that we are an imperfect people with a perfect savior who are continually and gradually being transformed by the Gospel. Whether you have been a Christian for a while, or you’re wrestling with doubt and skepticism, you are welcome at The Hill Church.
What Should I Expect When I Come on Sunday?
When you come to the Hill Church you will find a relaxed and laid back atmosphere, yet fully focused on connecting with and worshiping the one true God. There is nothing flashy about our worship service, because we do not believe you need a big production in order to worship God. At The Hill, we model our worship services after how the early Church ordered their gatherings: we start with a general greeting and a call to worship, then we will hear the text from that morning read aloud, followed by the preaching of the word of God. Then we respond to the preaching of the Gospel by remembering it with communion and authentic, heartfelt, and thankful worship. We strive to make our worship gatherings fresh for those who have gone to church for a long time, yet accessible to those who are new to the idea of organized worship.
What About My Children?
If you have children from infant - 4th grade, we encourage you to drop them off at our children's ministry area called Foothills, located downstairs past the Fellowship Hall. At Foothills, your children will be taught age appropriate lessons that connect to one of the 5 foundational truths we want our children to know (1. God made everything, 2. God is in charge of everything, 3. God is good, 4. Jesus came to save sinners, 5. God wants a relationship with us.)
Infants - 18 months will go to our nursery where they will be watched over and prayed over by our children’s ministry volunteers. We have a 2:1 ratio of 2 children for every 1 volunteer. A space for mothers to nurse newborns or change diapers is available behind the sanctuary to allow for privacy, while still allowing new parents to engage in worship and hear the preaching of the Word. Ask any of our volunteers to point you toward this room on Sunday morning.
Children from 18 months - 4th Grade will be engaged with age appropriate material that will prayerfully help stir their affections for the Lord and His Word from a young age. Their time will start with a song/activity, a lesson in the form of a story along with open and engaging discussions with our wonderful volunteers, a snack, and then a craft or fun activity that relates back to the lesson.
We desire to partner with parents to push their children to truth and understanding of the Gospel. In order to do that effectively, we will provide parents with an overview of the topics discussed in Foothills, along with discussion questions that will foster open conversations between parents and children about what they’re learning about on Sunday Mornings.
What is The Gospel?
At The Hill Church, you will consistently hear that we are a Gospel-centered church. What we mean by that is the Gospel is not merely a message you need to believe in order to be saved, but it’s also the foundation and force that transforms the believer into the image of Christ. The Gospel is essential for the believer as much as it is for the unbeliever. Therefore, it is important for us to define the Gospel and clarify what we mean by it.
The Gospel is the story of God redeeming and restoring a fallen creation and fallen humanity from the penalty, effects, and presence of sin. Sin was brought into the world through the rebellion of man, an act that should have separated us from the glory of the perfect God forever. Yet even in our sin, the triune God has chosen to save us through the election of the Father, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (culminating in his imminent return), by the power of the Spirit, for the glory of God.
This definition of the Gospel reveals that there is one Gospel with two different vantage points.
1.) The Gospel restores a fallen and broken world.
2.) Reconciliation to the Gospel happens when we identify ourselves with the life, death, and resurrection of Christ through the confession of sin and the recognition that we cannot save ourselves.
These are two different vantage points but the same gospel. These perspectives must be viewed together to see how deep and rich is the story of God’s redemption of all things for His glory.
The first vantage point demonstrates the overarching narrative of Scripture (Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Consummation), and shows how the goal of the Gospel is not just “how you get into heaven” but how God is glorified by redeeming all of the effects of the fall. Not only does God save sinners, but He will one day restore all of creation (Rom. 8:22; Rev. 21) and eradicate all death, disease, pain and poverty.
Yet if you focus only on the overarching perspective of the Gospel, you run the risk of developing a wrong belief that since God is redeeming all things unto himself, he therefore is also redeeming all people regardless of confession or repentance. Therefore it’s important to understand the personal implications of the Gospel narrative. One cannot be reconciled to God without identifying his/herself with the life, death, and resurrection of Christ through the confession of sin and the inability to redeem their self.
We at the Hill seek to enjoy and extend this Gospel to the ends of the Earth. If you’d like to learn more about what we mean by that, we’d love to hear from you and do our best to answer any questions you might have.