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What We Believe:

At Hilltop, we realize that when it comes to doctrines, most of us are looking for answers to questions about life. Below is a list of basic beliefs that define who we are. We hope you find this both insightful and helpful in your journey with God.  If you really like theology, or want to know some of the beliefs that inform these answers, there are links at the top of the page where you can go a little bit deeper into the beliefs of the Church of the Nazarene.

We believe in one God, the Creator of all things, who reveals himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man at the same time. Humbly, He became like us to redeem and restore us to a right relationship with God. He is the only way to God the Father.

We believe the Holy Spirit empowers and equips all believers to live holy lives. The Spirit of the living God moves within us so that we may be the visible presence of an invisible God in our world.

We believe that forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whoever repents and believes in Christ is redeemed and given new life in Christ. We believe that as we surrender our entire life to God, He cleanses our spirit, fills us with His perfect love, and gives us the power to live completely for Him in today's world.

We believe that the Bible is the living Word of God. We stand on the promises of His Word and refuse to water down His message.

We believe sin separates us from God. In our own strength, we can do nothing to fix the problem of sin. However, through the love and grace of God by the death and resurrection of His Son, the sins of all Christ followers are washed away.

We believe that the church is the Body of Christ, carrying out His mission and advancing His kingdom in the world through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that baptism is an outward expression of the inward decision to make Jesus Lord of your life. Baptism is not only an act of obedience but it is also a celebration of a transformed life.

We believe that prayer is foundational for every Christ follower. Prayer is essential to connecting us to the heart of God. As we grow deeper in our connection with God through prayer He moves in our lives and in our world.

We believe that we are better together. Generosity is an attitude that puts others and God’s kingdom before self. Generosity with our financial resources, our time, and our attention demonstrates our trust in God, our gratitude toward His provision, and it demonstrates our desire to be a part of advancing His kingdom.

We believe that every person within the Body of Christ has a purpose and a function. The Church works at its optimal level when all of its people are committed to advancing God’s kingdom. Therefore we place a high value on serving within our church, in our local community, and in our world.

We believe in the practice of the Lord’s Supper. We dedicate time in our worship services to remember Christ's sacrifice... His broken body and shed blood... for the forgiveness of sin. All Christ followers are welcome to participate.