STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
Pleasant Hill exists to help broken people experience God’s love and share it with others, discover God’s purpose for their life, and become part of community that makes a difference.
Our Statement of Beliefs
We believe the Bible. Through it, God reveals himself to us, no longer leaving us in speculation. It's a story that declares to us the glory of God and puts on display his sovereign power. At the apex of this story is Jesus, the beloved Son of God, who secures for us our redemption through his death, burial, and resurrection (The gospel). This gospel is the center of God's story and the center of our lives. We believe when the gospel is faithfully explained, explored, and expressed, the Holy Spirit will elicit a response in us. Truly, the gospel changes everything.
We believe that the gospel compels us to learn from, interact with, and generously give back to our culture in the way we live our lives. Works of social justice, caring for the marginalized and oppressed, and community outreach are not the gospel, but they are the natural implications of the gospel rightly believed. Jesus is transforming not only our individual hearts, but culture as a whole, and we want to work tirelessly to that end as we declare "on earth as it is in heaven!".
We believe that people were created to explore the gospel together with honest, vulnerable dialogue about difficult things pursuing depth in relationships to facilitate growth. Rhythms of prayer, confession, repentance, and encouragement must be a natural place in the life of a follower of Jesus, but they become unnatural when exercised in isolation. We aren't meant to do life alone. We are meant to do it in a community of messy sinful people who constantly get it wrong, but push deeply toward an intimate relationship with Jesus and one another.
Above all else we emphasize the gospel of Jesus Christ, but we also have certain doctrinal distinctives that distinguish us from other churches.
We believe in the exclusivity of Jesus, that he is the Son of God, savior of the world, and the only way for us to be reconciled to God the Father by faith in his death, burial, and resurrection.
Being reformed means that we hold closely a high view of God's holiness and sovereignty. He alone gives us authoritative truth through the Bible. He alone has extended to us grace in spite of our rebellion and sin. He alone has purchased for us faith that he freely gives to us without any merit of our own. He alone, in Jesus, has made a way for us to be reconciled back into relationship with himself. He alone deserves all the glory, honor, and praise.
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, equally God in glory and majesty, yet distinct in roll and service. The Spirit’s work includes conviction of sin, regeneration of the unbeliever, sealing of faith, indwelling of the believer, baptism into the Body, distribution of gifts for service, testifying to the finished work of Christ, and bears the fruit of Christian living in every believer. His gifting to the church has not been quenched nor limited due to any historical events, and his inspired scriptures are clear and sufficient for guiding us in the use of specific gifts in regards to time, place, and order.
We believe that the gospel is such good news that it should be taken beyond ourselves. Through building intentional relationship with people where we live, work, and play, we seek to bring the gospel with us believing they will experience the same liberty and joy Jesus has given to us. This also means that we engage our culture where they are, not expecting them to come to us, but going forth into the dark with the radiant light of the gospel seeing transformation happen in the hearts of individuals and in the fabric of our culture.
At Pleasant Hill We Are: