In Matthew 5:13-14, in a sermon that’s known as the “Sermon on the Mount”, Jesus gives two metaphors on how the church should impact their communities and the world with the power of the kingdom of God. In this text, Jesus tells his followers that they are to be the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.” These two metaphors reveal that the nature of the church is that they are a sent people that exist in a culture to renew it and redeem it with the truth and the beauty of Jesus Christ.
Jesus echos this idea when he says that the church is “the city on a hill” that cannot be hidden. In other words, the church should not exist in isolation to its culture. The church was never meant to stay inside a building and become a sequestered society, but the church is to be visible within the culture as it engages it and seeks to renew it and restore it for the city’s good. A church that retreats to invisibility within a culture denies its call.
At The Hill Church, we want to be the “city on a hill” to Fayetteville. We want to be that light that changes all that it touches as we worship our God and are sent out into our city to love, serve and proclaim the good news of the Gospel.