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 generally 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 are a missional church who seeks to glorify God by the preaching of the gospel and by building a greater Fayetteville seeking 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, and people from Northwest Arkansas and those who just moved into town from different parts of the country. Spiritual speaking, we are just as diverse with people who have been in church their whole lives and those who are exploring Christianity for the first time. You will find quickly though that we are an imperfect people with a perfect savior who are continually and gradually being transformed by the gospel. Whether if you have been a Christian for awhile or 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 ordererd 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 through 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 acccesible to those who are checking out Christianity for the first time.
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. At Foothills, your children will be taught age appropiate lessons that connect to one of our 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 Aave Sinners, 5. God Wants a Relationship with Us.)
Infants - 18 months: These children go to our nursery where they will be watched over and prayed over by our children ministry volunteers. We have a 2:1 ratio of 2 children for every 1 volunteer. Mothers are also welcome to breastfeed and change diapers in this room as well.
18 months - 4th Grade: Our current curriculum consists of going through "The Jesus Storybook Bible" where your kids will be taught through the overarching story of Scripture. Their time will start with a song/activity, a lesson in the form of a story, a snack, then a craft that relates back to the lesson
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 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 the triune God redeeming and restoring a fallen creation and fallen humanity from the penalty, effects and presence of sin brought into the world through the rebellion of man, through the election of the Father, the life, death, and resurrection of 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. The first vantage point is to the see the gospel as restoring a fallen and broken world. This view 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 the effects of the fall. Not only does God save sinners but he restores all of creation (Rom. 8:22; Rev. 21) and eradicates all death, disease, pain and poverty.
If you focus on the overarching perspective of the gospel only you potentially run into the error of believing since God is redeeming all things unto himself, he therefore is also redeeming all people regardless of confession or repentance. This is why it’s important to understand the personal implications of the gospel narrative. An individual cannot be reconciled to God without identifying himself with the life, death, and resurrection of Christ through his confession of his sin and his inability to redeem himself.
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.