Mercy Hill is an evangelical, reformed, and missional family of believers and their children who seek to love God by accomplishing our mission in our neighborhoods and towns as a gathered and scattered Christian body.
We have a range of important beliefs along the lines of those three terms: "evangelical," "reformed," and "missional."
Our basic Christian beliefs are similar to many other expressions of Christian churches. They can be summarized by the following points:
- We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
- We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.
- We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.
- We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.
- We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.
- We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
We are also a reformed church family, which means we love the emphases that were recaptured by Christians at the time of the Protestant Reformation.
Browse the following links to learn more about what we mean by "reformed."
- the Solas of the Protestant Reformation are as important today as they were in the 16th century.
- the Westminster Shorter Catechism, especially what it teaches about justification, sanctification, adoption, and glorification of believers; but also what it teaches about the sacraments and preaching. (Wikipedia gives a brief background on the WSC here.)
- this summary from Acts 29 on their beliefs about what the terms evangelical, missional, and reformed mean.
- the book On Being Presbyterian is a great summary of some specifics about what we mean by being both reformed and presbyterian. You can check out the author's blog here. See some power points of his book here. Order the book here. Listen to sermon audio from Sean here.
We are also a missinonal church, which means we see that God's glory (which the reformers grasped) is best expressed by fully formed followers of Jesus who not only love His mission into their lives, but are willing and prepared to repent in such a way that they are able to follow His leading as missionaries into the lives of those around them who are spiritually, emotionally, or physically lost or broken.
Browse the following articles for more specifics on what we mean by missional:
- Ten Characteristics of a Missional Church by Scott Thomas.
- Several articles here on our website that discuss being missional, including a helpful short article by Tim Keller.
Undergirding all of these doctrinal and belief- and faith-commitments is a conviction that the Bible is God's Word and is not only our authority, but our infallible rule for "faith and life."