We desire to be a church of:
- Relevant Teaching
(The Word of God should matter to our every day. Let’s not hinder it.)
- Sincere Worship
(The worship of God should flow from and into our need for Him.)
- Honest Care
(Care and outreach to others should be in love, not for the sake of image.)
- Devoted Relationship
(Growth in grace, maturity of faith, they all are forged in real friendship.)
We refuse to make our worship style an advertisement for our church, or a “feature and benefit” designed to draw folks in. While there is an important corporate aspect of the worship experience, worship is supposed to be intimate and profound… between you and the God of the universe.
In addition, worship is not to be limited to the activities we engage in on Sundays. All of what we do then should point to as well as flow from our lifestyle outside of church. That is the ultimate form of worship. We are told in Romans 12: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of you mind.”
We desire for our worship in and outside the church to be transformed in this way… intentional, humble and authentic.
The Next Generation
We are a small church, but are committed to our children having an intimate relationship with God, a mature faith in Him, a balanced and informed knowledge of His Word, and a Kingdom-centered worldview. We believe that we as parents share in the work of training up our children, and we resist the tendency to simply “let the church handle it.” The church is here to partner in these things, not take the place of any type of family. Parents at Mercy Hill play a direct role in the spiritual growth of the next generation.
We believe in impacting others more than the average human being does. But there seems to be a problem with this in suburbia.
“But my schedule… It’s just crazy nuts, Jim. I just don’t have the time to do anything else.”
But what if we intentionally made room for others in our lives? Not by cramming them in, but by choosing to live sacrificially with our time… choosing carefully how we invest, and also by being wise about what’s already around us?
Maybe because of someone’s schedule, a “small group” would work best… a weekly or bi-weekly get-together at someone’s home around food or book or the Bible. For others, maybe its them making sure that they don’t just endure their responsibilities in suburbia (kids’ baseball practice, PTA, clubs or whatever)… but to let our lives be an investment in the lives of others, by just being ourselves.
I am not sure there is any other way to love others than to start here, by being devoted in our relationships.
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Missions and Service
In Habakkuk 1:5, the Lord says “Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your day, you would not believe if you were told.”
We truly believe God is doing something new in His Church, and part of it is that He is calling us all to honest care.
He is always working. Our job is simply to run to where He is doing His work. And once again, we resist the desire to make our service or missions efforts an advertisement so that others will come to our church. We are who we are, and we are thankful God uses our efforts.
We believe that in extending Jesus to others, we find He is somehow, miraculously extended to us in return… in grace, in mercy, in confrontation and truth.