What’s in a Church Mission Statement?

Hills Bible Church is a very young church. We started planning in February 2009. Commencing in May of that year, a small group of men and women began meeting in private homes to worship and in November of the same year, having outgrown private homes, we commenced worship in our current location.

One of the primary reasons Hills Bible Church came into being was our concern over the tendency in many churches to accept a fairly low level of Biblical literacy. Though many church programs covered a wide range of interests, the theological knowledge of their members was minimal. Bible teaching was poor to non-existant and many churches were more concerned with social justice than they were the gospel.

Hills Bible Church was founded in an effort to counteract this trend. Our Mission Statement summarises this well. It appears under our blog Masthead (above) and is elaborated below.

Our Mission is-  To see that believers:

  • KNOW God’s Word ()
  • LIVE by God’s Word ()
  • COMMIT to God’s work ()
  • IMPACT God’s world ()

It is only through knowing God’s Word that we find out who God is, the nature of His character, the design and extent of His creation, the origin of man, the source and consequences of sin, and God’s plan of salvation. In fact, the Bible is the primary source of our knowledge about God. At Hills Bible Church we believe that the Scripture, as originally revealed, is God’s inspired Word sufficient for all things necessary to life and faith.

Knowing God’s Word is necessary as a starting point, but putting God’s Word into practice, as Jesus reminds his listeners in , is essential in Christian living. In certain instances the Bible gives direct instructions to follow; other life circumstances are covered by clear biblical principles for us to apply. At Hills Bible Church, we take seriously that the Bible is God’s handbook for living.

Committing to God’s Work means firstly committing ourselves to Him, conforming to what God wants and allowing God to transform our character, shape the way we live and influence our priorities. It’s through our perseverance in obedience to God that He matures and refines our character.

The Great Commission, as recorded in : 18 – 20, is a mandate that is integral to the Mission of Hills Bible Church. Our heart’s desire is for people to come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour, whether that be in our local community, the wider city of Melbourne, the State of Victoria, the nation of Australia or the wider world. However, the injunction goes further with the command to make disciples. At Hills Bible Church we believe that this mandate underlines the importance of teaching God’s Word to believers, mentoring them to understand the full implications of the Gospel in their lives and in turn, the importance of discipling those whom God has called to faith. In fact, one becomes a disciple when one becomes a disciple-maker.

Thus the cycle continues – knowing – living – committing – impacting.

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15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for

“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

2:1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

28:1 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”