WHAT WE BELIEVE

At Rolling Hills Community Church we believe things. On this page, you will find our Mission & Vision, Core Values, and Beliefs. If you would like to learn more, sign up for our next Belong to Our Family class or feel free to contact us.

OUR MISSION & VISION

Reach the world one person at a time as we learn to think, love and live like Jesus, and reproduce that in the lives of others.

We emphasize small groups as a means to accomplish our mission. Community Discipleship focuses on creating and encouraging small groups to be on mission together within their community, sacrificially serving, sharing the love of Jesus, and becoming disciples who make disciples.

OUR CORE VALUES

Our Core Values describe the way ministry is done.

Truth flows best through meaningful relationships.

  • 1 Thessalonians 2:8
  • 1 Peter 2:4-11

Cultural relevance without biblical compromise.

  • 1 Corinthians 9:22
  • Acts 17:16-31

In Essentials, Unity.

  • 1 Titus 1:9
  • Romans 14:2 | In non-essentials liberty
  • Colossians 3:14 | In everything charity

 

ETERNAL SECURITY

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure for eternity. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us eternal security, not our self-effort. A true Christian will not take advantage of God’s favor, but will practice genuine humility with godly sorrow when he sins, and will attempt to live according to God’s standards.

John 10:28; 2 Corinthians 6:1,2

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and His ministry is to glorify Jesus Christ. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:18

THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible was inspired (God Breathed) by God and is therefore completely trustworthy as our final authority in faith and conduct. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. We interpret the Bible literally, naturally, historically, grammatically, and by common sense.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Psalm 119:105,106

THE CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLE

We believe that a Christian is to walk within the boundaries of Scripture, but also has freedom within those boundaries. We trust people to be led by the Holy Spirit to a life of holiness.

Romans 14:1-6, John 8:31,32

BAPTISM

We believe Baptism is one of the ordinances Christ left for the church. It is an outward expression of an inward reality, demonstrating one’s faith in God the Father, one’s acceptance of Jesus Christ the Son, and one’s recognition of the living and indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Baptism means to dip or immerse; therefore, the mode of Baptism here at Rolling Hills is immersion.

Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38 & 41

COMMUNION

We believe that Jesus told us to remember Him through sharing the bread (representing His body given for us) and the cup (representing His shed blood). Communion is a symbol pointing to our present healthy relationship with Christ. Rolling Hills usually takes Communion on the second Sunday of each month.

1 Corinthians 11:23-34

COMMITMENT TO GIVE FINANCIALLY

The Bible instructs us to tithe to the Lord God. “Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.” Deuteronomy 14:22 What is a tithe? A tithe means “a tenth (10%) part.” The tithe seems to be a symbolic statement that all we have is from God and that we do not count it as our own (Genesis 14 & 28). We are also told that it helps us gain and keep a proper perspective of God in our lives (Deuteronomy 14:22-23).

OUR BELIEFS

Rolling Hills Community Church holds to the following doctrinal truths:

GOD

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Father: John 6:27,1 Timothy 6:15-16
Son: John 10:30, 33, Hebrews 1:3
Holy Spirit: 2 Corinthians 3:17

PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST

We believe that by the miracle of the virgin birth the Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God in order to reveal God and to redeem man; that He died for our sins (the sins of all men) as a substitutionary sacrifice and rose bodily from the dead for our justification; and that He is now exalted at the right hand of God, Head of the Church and Lord of the individual believer, fulfilling His ministry as our Great High Priest and Advocate. We believe in the personal second coming of our Lord to set up His earthly Kingdom and to reign over redeemed Israel and all the nations of the world.

Matthew 1:18-20, Luke 24, John 1:1-14, Romans 5:6-11, Hebrews 8, 1 John 2:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 29:4-6

RESURRECTION

We believe that Jesus Christ “died for our sins; He was buried, and on the third day He was raised from the dead. He appeared to Peter, and then to the twelve and after that He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time” (I Corinthians 15:3-6). We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men. Believers are resurrected to enjoy eternal life with God. Unbelievers are resurrected to experience judgment and then eternal suffering apart from God.

John 20:1-9; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:4-6, 12-15

THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of sin, regenerates the believer, and places him in the Church, which is the Body of Christ. We believe that He indwells, guides, instructs, gifts, and empowers the Christian for godly living and service, and that He seals and keeps the believer until the Lord comes.

1 John 16:1-33, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 1:13-14

THE FILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

In Ephesians 5:18 Paul states an emphatic command to be filled or controlled with the Spirit. It literally means, “Be being kept/filled/controlled with the Spirit.” It is a command that includes the idea of conscious continuation. Every Christian possesses the Holy Spirit in all His fullness from the moment he believes. Romans 8:9 says, “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” At salvation the believer is baptized by means of the Spirit into the Body of Christ, indwelt by the Spirit, and sealed by the Spirit until the day of redemption.

THE BIBLE

We believe that the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired by God, are inerrant in all of their parts in the original writings, and are the Christian’s final authority in faith and conduct.

2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21

humanity

We believe that man and woman were created in the image of God, but that they sinned, incurring not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is inherited by every member of Adam’s race. We believe that humanity is subject to the power of Satan and has within themselves no possible means of recovery or salvation.

Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:23, 5:12-21, 6:23

SALVATION

We believe that salvation is the free gift of God, neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any virtue or work of man or woman. Salvation is received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all true believers have, as present possessions, the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, adopted child in the family of God, deliverance and complete security from all condemnation, every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish. We believe that such a salvation can never be lost or forfeited.

John 10:28; John 17:3; Romans 8:1, 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:1-10, 2:8-9; 1 John 5:11

THE CHRISTIAN’S WALK

We believe that we are called with the holy calling to live not according to the desire of the flesh (the old nature within, opposed to God), but according to the Spirit of God. We believe that a person’s walk in Christ ought to reflect His character of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We trust the Spirit of God to lead the child of God into paths of righteousness.

Romans 8, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 2:8-10

THE CHURCH

We believe that the true Church is composed of all who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit; that those who are thus members of the true Church will manifest participation in the local church.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 4:15-16

BAPTISM

We believe that Baptism is one of the ordinances left by Christ for the Church today. Baptism is an outward sign of the inward reality that a person has turned from man’s way to God’s way. While Baptism is not necessary for salvation, it is a necessary part of the process of becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. To Baptize literally means to dip or immerse; therefore, the mode of Baptism here at Rolling Hills is immersion. We understand Baptism as a beautiful public statement of one’s faith in Christ and therefore a great privilege and step of obedience to Christ.

Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:38-41

COMMUNION

We believe that the Lord’s table is the second ordinance left to the Church by Jesus Christ. Partaking of Communion is a symbolic act which represents one’s present abiding fellowship with Christ. The elements specifically cause us to remember His broken body as payment for man’s sin and His blood as a picture of the New Covenant which is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Mark 14:22-25, John 6:53-65, 1 Corinthians 11:23-36