Our Faith

The Hillcrest Church of Christ is a body of people that meet on the first day of the week as instructed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Under the leadership of the elders, all services are carried out in orderly manner with only the scriptures as our guide. We also have a mid week Bible study / Worship service on Wednesday nights.

Background

We are part of "The Restoration Movement." Our goal is to "restore" the New Testament church in our time - to determine form the Bible what the church was like in the begining, and to be like that. We belive this is a worthy goal.

We want to be a Bible-centered church. We know that this is a journey and not a destination. We won't be flawless and sometimes habit, tradition, or convenience may get in our way; however, we will strive to lay these aside once we are aware of them and follow only the authority of God's Word. That is our commitment.

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The Church of Christ strives to be a "visitor friendly"church. Since many of our members were at one time visitors themselves, we know how visitors feel on their first visit. We make it our goal to be "the friendliest church you have ever visited." Our aim is to treat others the way we want to be treated (Matthew 7:12). You will receive a warm greeting and be offered assistance to locate your class (or your children's). You will not be "singled out" made to stand or otherwise made to feel embarrassed. The services are simple, reverent, pratical, and meaningful.

Bible-based, Christ-Centered, Heaven-Bound

When you visit, you will meet people who, just like you, sincerely want to follow the teachings of the Bible and please God with their lives. You will find sermons and class lessons are based on the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17). In fact, mermbers and visitors are urged to bring their own Bibles and follow along. We strive to simply follow the Word of God and to exalt Christ in our songs, prayers, sermons, and lives (Colossians 1:18). An air of hope fills the church as we think of the beautiful promise of heaven for God's faithful children (Revelation 21). 

Singing

The whole congregation sings a capella. That is, we sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments as they did in New Testament times (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). This is one of the unique things about true churches of Christ - and something you may find strange. This is a conviction with us, not just a preference. It has its root in our restoration heritage. We are seeking to worship according to the new testament pattern.

Giving

If you visit on a Sunday morning containers will be passed to collect the weekly financial offering (I Corinthians 16:1-2).

As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation. Feel perfectly comfortable in just passing the collection basket down the row.

Lord's Supper Observed Each Sunday

The church of Christ has communion on the first day of every week, just as they did in New Testament times (Acts 20:7, I Corinthins 11:23-28). It is a highlight of the week to be able to commemorate Christ's death and celebrate His promised retun (Acts 1:10 - 11; I Thessalonians 4:15-18).

During this memorial, plates containing pieces of unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Christ that was broken on the cross. Each participating person will break off a piece of this bread and eat it (Matthew 26:26).

Next, trays filled with small cups will be distributed containing the "fruit of the vine," grape juice, symbolizing the blood of Jesus. Each participant will drink the contents of one of these cups (Matthew 26:27 - 29).

If you choose not to participate, do not be embarrased. Feel free to just pass the plate or tray to the person next to you.

"For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." I Corinthians 2:2