FAMILY OF CHURCHES
Mercy Hill Church is not part of a denomination, but neither are we independent. We're part of a family of churches working together called LifeLink International, and we're closely joined to our sister congregations, Living Word Church in Lansing, Illinois, CrossPoint Church in Crown Point, Indiana and Hope Church in Griffith, Indiana. In addition, we share in missions partnerships around the world.
Mercy Hill Church was started by Living Word Church in partnership with CrossPoint Church, and we maintain a close working relationship with both. We cooperate in our missions efforts, young adults ministry, leaders' training, and other activities. We share a combined church oversight team together as sister churches.
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John graduated in 2000 from Purdue Calumet with Bachelor's in Business Management. He worked at Leep's Supply for nine years before coming on staff at Living Word Church where he served as Youth and Children's Pastor for five years. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. John lives in Highland with his wife (and best friend), Michelle and their four children. You can e-mail John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Sovereignty of God
God exists eternally in three persons as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet is nonetheless one God. God is sovereign in creation, in history, and in salvation, ruling over all things in perfect faithfulness, righteousness and absolute goodness. He infallibly knows all that will happen, ordering and ordaining all things according to the good purpose of his own will. He deserves the worship and obedience of all people.
The Supremacy of Christ
God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the eternal Word of God and the only Savior of mankind, fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and died for our sins. He rose in victory from the grave and personally appeared to his disciples. He ascended to heaven, where he is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, and will come again a second time at the close of history.
The Empowering of the Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit unites the church, dwells within believers, and empowers them to accomplish God's will. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11). He brings people to repentance through the proclamation of the gospel and leads them to faith in Christ. He begins and completes the work of transformation into the likeness of Christ in the lives of believers, and is himself the seal and security of our salvation.
The Holy Spirit gives believers supernatural gifts to build up his church and for works of ministry in the world. The gifts of the Holy Spirit described in Scripture are still available and vital today, and all believers should actively seek the filling of God's Spirit and the godly practice of these gifts.
The Centrality of the Cross
All people are born sinners, and our salvation is by grace alone, through repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. This is the only means by which God removes the guilt and penalty of sin, bringing eternal life to those who believe. The good news of Jesus Christ is for all peoples everywhere, in every nation.
The Ministry of The Church
All believers have received gifts from the Holy Spirit and are qualified by grace as ministers of Christ. We are joined together into a family of believers, the church, where we share fellowship and experience life together. The church is God's agent for global transformation, a community that demonstrates heaven's society on earth. Each believer should be a committed member of a local church, and actively participate and contribute towards the extension of God's kingdom on earth.
The Sanctity of the Sacraments
Baptism is for all who profess faith in Christ Jesus, and is done by immersion in water as an act of obedience and public confession of the lordship of Christ. Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper, is to be shared only by believers in Christ who are abiding in grace, and is an important expression of our covenant with God and one another.
We also hold to the Gospel Coalition's Statement of Faith.
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UNDERSTANDING MERCY HILL
Mercy Hill Church is not part of a denomination, but neither are we independent. We're part of a family of churches working together called LifeLink International. Together we share a passion for Jesus, a devotion to the Kingdom of God, and a compassion for the world. Want to know more? More about LifeLink.
We can be described as both evangelical, in our commitment to the centrality of Scripture, and charismatic, in our emphasis on the present-day dynamic of the Holy Spirit. At the center of our faith is the Gospel of Jesus Christ--no lesser person, doctrine, or thing deserves our highest passion. We affirm the historic, ecumenical Christian creeds, and hold to an essentially Reformed theology while seeking Biblical charismatic practice. Want to know more? See our Statement of Faith.
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1. The Importance of Living a Surrendered Life
We are committed to the authority of the Word of God and to complete dependence on God's Spirit, rather than our own abilities. II Timothy 3:16-17, John 15:5, Philippians 4:13
2. The Maintaining of Unity
We are committed to maintaining unity in order to fulfill Jesus' prayer in John 17:23 "...May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."
3. The Priority of Servanthood
The true measure of greatness in the Kingdom of God is the possession of a servant's heart. We believe in following the example of Jesus in sacrificially serving one another in love. Matthew 20:26-28, Philippians 2:5, 7
4. The Worth and Dignity of Each Person
Every person God created is valuable, unique and has something to contribute. We are committed to valuing each person and seeking to unlock the gifts God has given them. John 3:16, II Corinthians 5:16-17, Romans 2:11
5. The Practice of Faith
Faith is not a matter of intellectual assent; the practice of faith is about actions of trusting God. We encourage our members to cultivate an active trust in God, moving forward in obedience to His commands! Hebrews 11:1, 6, James 2:18
6. The Power of Integrity
Our actions are in full view of the Lord. It is vital that we be consistent in honoring God both publicly and privately. We have a single standard for our conduct: the righteousness of Christ. Philippians 1:27, Proverbs 10:9, 1 Peter 2:12
7. The Devotion to Prayer
We view prayer not just as preparation for the work of the Kingdom, but as the vital work itself. We believe in glorifying God by seeking Him and depending on Him in all things and for all things through prayer and intercession. Colossians 4:2, Philippians 4:6, I Thessalonians 5:16-18, I Timothy 2:1-4
8. The Necessity of Grace
It's all by the grace of God that we can turn from sin, love Jesus and live lives that honor Him! We celebrate this transforming grace and proclaim our dependence on God Himself to supply what He commands! Ephesians 6:24, Titus 3:11-12, Philippians 2:13
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We meet Sundays at 9:30 a.m. to worship together and to spur each other on towards love and following Christ. You will find a casual atmosphere where we celebrate communion weekly and provide children's ministry for children from age 0 to 4th grade. Services run approximately 90 min.
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