We Are a Family of Servant Missionaries– Learning to Follow Jesus and Love People Together
We are a people who are defined not by what we do but by what God has already done through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, what we do and who we are is based upon and motivated by what God has done and who God has made us to be. Because of Jesus Christ, we are forever new. We have been given a new identity in this world as a beloved child of God the Father.
We are Family
God, the Father, has adopted us as His children, therefore we are family. We live life together in community as the family of God, sharing our lives together. We live, love and care for one another as family, brothers, and sisters as we sacrificially love each other. We enjoy gathering regularly to eat, celebrate, serve one another and remind one another of the gospel as we live life together. (Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-21, 1 John 3:1-2)
We are Servants
Jesus left his rightful place on his throne in heaven and came to live a life amongst us. Jesus was a carpenter by trade but also served those around Him. He consistently went out of his way to heal the sick and lame, speak good news to the lost, wash his disciple’s feet, and ultimately serve us to the point of death on the cross. Now we reflect the life of Jesus as servants to Him and others. We are committed to serving one another, the communities and spaces we interact with everyday and serving our family globally. We have been blessed by God to be a blessing to others, so we strive to serve others everyday. We serve others as a way of life. (Matthew 20:25-28; 25:31-46; John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:16)
We are Missionaries
Ever since mankind has rebelled against God, He has been on a loving mission to reconcile His creation back to Himself. The Father sent the Son to earth on mission to redeem His people back to Him. After Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection The Son sent the Spirit to enable the family of God to take part in His mission until Jesus’ return one day. We, in turn, are sent ones – called to “go and make disciples”, bringing good news to those in our lives everyday and around the world. (Matthew 28:18-20; John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
We are Learners
We are a family who follow Jesus and continually learn how to obey him together, even through our mistakes and sin. Learning is not simply head knowledge and creeds, but learning is lived out in our everyday life. We are disciples of Jesus who take responsibility for our own growth and the growth of others in and for all of life. We believe this happens through sharing our lives with one another. (Luke 2:52; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 2:2).
All people everywhere are engaged in everyday rhythms. We strive to live out our identity in these but not limited to these rhythms of life. These rhythms help us remember our true identity as a family of missionary servants learning to follow Jesus and love people together.
We gather regularly to celebrate God’s extravagant blessings. God calls us to regularly celebrate his goodness and grace. We believe the church should be a family that celebrates life together. We gather weekly on Sunday’s, in missional communities and DNA groups to share stories and celebrate all that God is doing in and among us. We invite everyone to these celebrations as a way of displaying God’s glory. (Leviticus 23; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25)
We regularly eat meals with others to invite them into the family of God. Meals are a daily reminder of our common need for God to provide for us – both physically and spiritually. Jesus called us to remember him and his sacrifice for us through a meal, communion. When we eat together, we remember this truth. (Leviticus 23; Matthew 6:11; 26:17-30; Acts 2:46-47; Romans 12:13)
Everyone’s life is shaped by a dominant story. As a church, we take time to be shaped by God’s story. God has been unfolding his Story since before time began. We believe we participate in this Story and need to understand it and see how our lives intersect with it. Therefore, we regularly reacquaint ourselves with His Story by daily interacting with God’s Word. We look for ways and times to tell the Story often. We also take time to listen to others stories and help them find their lives within God’s Story. (Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1; Psalm 1; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We set aside regular times to listen to God both backward and forward. Jesus listened to God in prayer to know his Father’s will. We are also called to listen to God. We listen backward by regularly interacting with God through His Word (the Story). We listen forward by making space to hear his Spirit in us and through His word. (Mark 1:35-37; John 16:7-15; Hebrews 1:1-3; Romans 1:20)
We intentionally bless others through words, gifts, and actions. God desires that all nations—all people—would be blessed through Jesus. As his family, we live this out daily as we bless others. We intentionally seek God’s direction for who he would have us tangibly bless each week. (Genesis 12:1-3; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 2:12)
God powerfully and joyfully created the universe. We were created in his image and therefore were made to joyfully work and create by using our time gifts and talents. We do this both individually and as a family. (Genesis 1-2:3; Deuteronomy 5:12; Mark 2:23-28; Hebrews 4)
We were designed for an eternal rest with Jesus in heaven one day. We believe we can rest both today in the past work of Jesus and present reign. We can also rest in His return and reign for eternity. Rest is our destiny in Christ. We strive to have regular rhythms of rest as the family of God in order to rely on who Jesus is, what He has done and what He will one day do. (Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:8-10; Psalm 23; Isaiah 57:1-2; Matthew 11:28-30; Mark 2:27, Philippians 4:6-7; Hebrews 4:9-11)
From the great commission, we see Paul going and planting churches in cities and towns. Once he had planted a new church he could say, “I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ” Romans 15:19. When we plant new churches we are fulfilling the call of Christ and following in the methods of the apostle Paul to reach more people with the gospel of Jesus.
Contact & Mailing Address
The Hill Church
28 Washington Street
PO Box 586
Mount Holly, NJ 08060