Lincoln Hills Bible Church is an inclusive church committed to Christ and His word. We are dedicated to sharing the love of Christ through ministry, fellowship, and worship. Our community seeks to be filled with members and believers that come together to pursue the truth found in God's word, celebrate His love by loving others, and live out our faith by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in the Bible, that is, the 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament are God's only wholly inspired, fully authoritative written revelation to mankind. The Bible is without error and trustworthy in all its teachings. God’s Word is our sole authority for leading us in faith and guiding us in all dimensions of individual, family, and church life. (1 Corinthians 2:12-15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe in one God, eternally existing as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—the Trinity. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Christ’s death by crucifixion was a substitutionary sacrifice whereby He paid the exact penalty for people’s sin to remove one’s guilt and reconcile people with their Creator God. After a forty-day post-resurrection ministry He ascended into heaven where He sits in the place of honor at the right hand of God and intercedes for believers as our great High Priest and Head of the Church. He will return to earth again to establish His millennial kingdom. (Isaiah 53:5-6; Acts 1:3, 9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 4:14-15; Revelation 19:11-20:3)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells, baptizes, and seals all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. All believers are given spiritual gifts by the Spirit to be used for the building up of the Body of Christ – the Church.
(1 Corinthians 12:11, 13; Ephesians 1:13)
Mankind’s Creation and Fall
We believe God created mankind (male & female) in His image, though this image has been damaged because, through Adam’s sin, people acquired a sin nature which separated them from God and brought them under the sentence of death.
(Genesis 1:25-27, 2:16 -17; Romans 5:12)
We believe in salvation solely based on grace through faith; that is, salvation is the gift of God offered to each person by grace and received by personal faith in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31)
Lordship of Christ
Jesus is the head of Lincoln Hills Bible Church. Belief in, and a relationship with, Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation, eternal life and understanding of Truth. Living by His teachings and the teaching of the Bible is central to our understanding of being the church. We will work diligently at being submissive to His lead and direction in all matters. We will strive to live our lives in a manner that strengthens us and genuinely proclaims to others that Jesus is Lord. We will remember and teach often about His sacrifice and resurrection.
Bible-centered Preaching & Teaching
What is taught in our classrooms and from the pulpit is Biblically based and accurate. We will provide many Bible-centered avenues for people to grow deeply in their walk with Christ. Discipleship is very important to us, including children, youth and adult ministries.
We dedicate to provide many avenues for prayer. These will include corporate prayer gatherings, prayer groups, prayer chains, church-wide days of prayer / fasting and an attitude of consistently looking to God for direction and for His intervention in individual lives and in the life of the church.
Praise & Worship
We value an atmosphere of worship that is engaging, culturally relevant, biblical, and uplifting. Through our worship we seek to provide an enriching experience for all people through music, sharing together, giving and through practical teaching from the Word of God.
Realizing that we cannot accomplish what God desires for us to accomplish on our own, but that we must depend upon Him to provide the direction, resources and power to do it, we value and depend upon Godly leaders (1 Timothy 3) who will help discern God’s leading and vision for us and who will communicate well and often with the church body and stimulate the church for ministry and mission.
Knowing that our Lord desires for us to be a church that reaches those who don't yet know Him (Matthew 28), we will continue to learn and grow in this area. We understand that each person at LHBC has a responsibility to witness to and to encourage non-believers. This will also incorporate a national and international mission focus.
Initial friendliness is important, and we desire to be an openly friendly church. We will strive to be a church that incorporates people into the life of the church so that love, nurture and encouragement is consistently expressed to all who attend for as long as they attend. Intimate relationships which encourage personal and spiritual growth within the body are a hallmark of the kind of church we desire to be.
We will be a church that accepts people as they are, with the desire to help them to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We will also re-envision ministries with new ideas that allow us to be relevant to our community and culture without compromising the message of the Gospel.
Although we recognize that opinions will differ on some issues and we welcome dialogue for decision-making, we highly value the coming together in unity for ministry and progress.
We understand that today's youth will lead the church in the years to come and need a solid, enjoyable church experience to carry them forward. We provide relevant and appealing ministries for our youth where they can learn about the Christian faith and God's Word, and have opportunities for fun and fellowship with other youth.
We value ministry to all ages. We also value ministries that focus on family issues and provide husbands and wives with the tools to create and nurture a healthy family. Senior adults are very important in our church body. Ministries that provide for their needs will be consistently provided.
Overall Ministry Values
We do not want to get caught in the trap of simply existing as a church. Instead, we will dream with God’s direction for a vital, growing and healthy future. Some words and phrases that would be descriptive of the way we desire to do ministry would be: Missional, Biblical, Christ-centered, dependent on God, evangelistic, nurturing, action-oriented, equipping, quality, teamwork, unified, inspirational, culturally relevant and effective in communication.
WHAT DENOMINATION IS
LINCOLN HILLS BIBLE CHURCH?
Lincoln Hills belongs to the US conference of Mennonite Brethren churches. The core of our identity as Mennonite Brethren is belief in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe in the one true God, the source of all life, who reigns over all things as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and who lovingly cares for all creation.
People through history have turned away from God, breaking the relationship God intended with us. In order to bring us back into a right relationship with God, God took on human nature in Jesus Christ, who revealed the fullness of God through his obedient and sinless life. Through word and deed Jesus proclaimed the reign of God, bringing good news to the poor, release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind. Jesus Christ triumphed over sin through his death and resurrection and was exalted as Lord of creation and the church. His death and resurrection make it possible for us to be cleansed of sin, made whole as persons and brought back into right relationship with God. He invites all to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, offering peace with God and calling all to follow him in the way of humble and self-sacrificial living.
We find our guidance in the revealed Word of God in the Bible and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God in our lives. Mennonite Brethren place a high value and authority in the Bible as the Word of God, trying with all our strength and with the help of the Holy Spirit and fellow believers to conform all aspects of our lives to our understanding of biblical truths.