We hope Discover Hill Country has given you a clearer picture of how God is using Hill Country to share His love in Greater Austin and beyond and how God could use Hill Country to point you toward growth and greater purpose in your own life. The most important step in this process is becoming a follower of Jesus by entering into a personal and eternal relationship with Him through faith. Another pivotal step is making the decision to join your story with the story of Hill Country by becoming a member.
Because our understanding of church membership varies based on our background and experiences, we offer a summary of our definition and commitment of membership here at Hill Country, developed from the clear teaching of the Bible.
A member of Hill Country Bible Church is someone who has personally received Jesus Christ as Savior, who is connecting to the church family, and who has made a formal commitment to this church.
Believing that out of His deep love for me and through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God offers me the gift of forgiveness of my sin (Romans 3:23; 5:8; 6:23), spiritual life and purpose (2 Corinthians 5:17; 4:6-7), and an eternal relationship and future with Him (John 3:16), and having personally received that gift by placing my faith in Christ alone as my Savior who brings me into relationship with God (John 1:12),
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Having completed Discover Hill Country and being committed to the mission, vision, core beliefs, and people of Hill Country Bible Church, I commit myself to God and to the other members to continue to take steps spiritually in these areas:
• Following Jesus by daily time with Him and weekly participation in Sunday worship service,
• Growing with others in a small group community,
• Impacting others through volunteering and outreach,
• Giving financially to support the mission and ministry of Hill Country.
This document outlines the core teaching distinctives of Hill Country Bible Church Austin. As such, they represent what we believe the Bible teaches regarding the key doctrines of the Christian faith.
We believe that the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments that comprise the Bible are the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God. We believe that the Holy Spirit supervised the writers of the Bible in what they wrote so that, using their own unique personalities, the very words recorded in the original manuscripts are the direct revelation of God. We believe the Bible not only contains the Word of God but actually is God’s Word and, therefore, is the complete and final authority for belief and behavior. As such, it can be completely trusted. We believe that inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility extend equally and fully to all parts of Scripture: historically, poetically, doctrinally and prophetically (2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:21, 1 Cor. 2:13, John 17:17).
We believe that there is one and only one true and living God, an infinite Spirit who is the Maker and Supreme Ruler of the universe. We believe the Bible reveals Him to be holy, sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal, immutable and full of love, justice, goodness, mercy and truth. This is only a representative list of His eternal and unchanging attributes. Although there is only one God, He exists eternally in three persons as the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe these members of the Trinity are coequal in essence, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, but are distinct in subsistence, executing different but harmonious functions (Mark 12:29, John 4:24, Matt. 3:16-17, Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14).
We believe that Jesus Christ has existed eternally as the Son of God. At a specific point in time, Jesus became a man (the incarnation) in order to reveal God and redeem humanity. We believe He was supernaturally conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary. In His incarnation, He forever possesses both full deity and full humanity in such a way that the properties of each nature are fully retained and undiminished by the union. We believe Jesus died on the cross as a substitute for sinful humanity, was buried, rose bodily from the tomb, ascended into Heaven where He ministers on the behalf of those who have trusted in Him, and someday will come again for His own (John 1:18, 8:58, Matt. 1:23, Col. 1:15-17, 1 Tim. 1:15, 3:16).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, fully coequal with God the Father and God the Son in terms of divine being, but distinct from the Father and the Son in His personhood. We believe the Holy Spirit actively ministers to the world. This ministry includes restraining evil, convicting the unsaved of sin and bestowing God’s goodness on mankind. We also believe He ministers to every believer in Jesus Christ in numerous ways: regenerating, sealing, indwelling, baptizing into the Body of Christ, and the giving of spiritual gifts. Other ministries to believers include filling, assuring, teaching, guiding and comforting (Acts 5:3-4, 2 Thess. 2:3-9, John 16:7-11, Matt. 5:45, Tit. 3:5, Eph. 1:13, 1 Cor. 6:19, 12:13, Eph. 3:20, 1 Cor. 14, James 5:14, Eph. 5:18, Rom. 8:16, 14, John 16:13, 7).
We believe that God, according to His sovereign will and for His own glory, created the heavens and the earth without the use of pre-existent material. We also believe that all living things came into being by the creative act of God and not by a random process. Creation has an existence distinct from Him and yet is always dependent on Him (Gen. 2:4, Prov. 16:4, Acts 17:24, Col. 1:16-17).
We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God and in a state of innocence. Through deliberate disobedience, humanity fell from its sinless state and as a consequence lost its fellowship with God and became subject to spiritual and physical death. We believe that through Adam’s transgressions the entire human race has inherited a corrupt nature, which is prone to do evil and unable to please God (Gen. 1:26-27, 3:24, Rom. 5:12, Eph. 2:1-3).
We believe that sin is anything contrary to the character of God. Every person is alienated from God because of their depraved nature as well as personal acts of sin. Everyone is separated from God and completely incapable of meriting salvation and avoiding the judgment of God. This sinful nature is never eradicated, even for those who have trusted in Christ alone for salvation. It remains until the end of life on earth. However, we believe God has made provision for forgiveness of sin through the blood of Jesus Christ and victory over sin through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Rom. 3:10, 23, 6:23, Eph. 4:18, 1 John 1:8-10, Gal. 5:16-17).