Statement of Belief
Hill City Church consists of many different people from many different backgrounds—religiously, culturally, politically, and socio-economically—who all share a common love for Jesus and one another. We agree on some things and disagree on other things. Some are Democrats, some Republicans, and some could care less. Some wrestle with a lot of doubt and some have faith the size of Mt. Everest. Some have been burnt out on church while others of us are still very geeked out on church.
In this reality we imitate the relationships between Simon the Zealot, who was extremely patriotic, and Matthew the tax-collector, who would have been seen as a traitor. Or doubting Thomas, who wouldn’t believe unless he could see proof, and Peter, who sprinted a few miles at the word Jesus was alive. All were a part of the twelve disciples of Jesus, and all were vastly different. For these reasons, we hold tight to Rupertus Meldenius’ words regarding beliefs, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.”
Throughout the centuries the Church has used the Apostles Creed as a statement of essential beliefs. Before launching Hill City Church our communities studied and agreed that we too affirm the beauty of this creed:
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the one holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.