Pastor Tim’s Thanksgiving Letter

THANKSGIVING 2014 Hilltown family, We have two favorite traditions during the Thanksgiving Season. One is to gather the night before Thanksgiving to share what the Lord has done in our lives and in the life of our church over the past year.  Another is to give above and beyond our normal tithe (literally “tenth”) of…

How We Do Congregational Care at Hilltown

One of the things we’ve been continuously working to improve at Hilltown is how we care for people.  Peter charged the elders of the church to “shepherd the flock of God, exercising oversight” (1 Peter 5:2), and our elders have taken that seriously. But it raises a few key questions, like What does shepherding look like…

Pastor’s Reflection::Annual Report

This year was a season of building for our church as those who strive to become fully devoted disciples of Christ—those who love God, love people, and help others do the same. We kicked off the ministry year with our “Re:Member” series, focusing on what it means to be a healthy part of the Body…

Pastoral Update: Hilltown’s Position on Divorced Leaders

Processing our Position on Divorced Leaders Hilltown family, I want to give you an update on one theological matter our elders have been considering over the past year: the interpretation of the biblical qualification of an elder or deacon as a “husband of one wife” (1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6). The Unwritten Rule Hilltown…

How to Create Gospel-Centered Community

Core Values: Authentic Community “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35 What is Gospel-Centered Community? Conservative Christian circles toss…

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Core Values: Passionate Worship

“If worship does not change us, it has not been worship. To stand before the Holy One of eternity is to change. Worship begins in holy expectancy; it ends in holy obedience.” – Richard J Foster Jesus said, “The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in…

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Core Values: Strong Prayer Base

“One of the most amazing things in the Gospels is how much time Jesus spent in prayer. He had only three years of public ministry, but He was never too hurried to spend hours in prayer. He prayed before every difficult task and at every crisis in His ministry. No day began or closed in…

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Core Values: Biblical Teaching

In MY LAST POST we began a short series on the core values of Hilltown Baptist Church, and our hope is that these core values become your core values—not that we would all practice “Biblical Teaching” or be in charge of creating “Authentic Community”, but that we would each have an increasing awareness of and appetite for these things,…

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Core Values

Last August our elders spent a weekend away praying and prayerfully considering the present and future of our church.  We wanted the opportunity to “take the pulse” of our ministries, but we also wanted a chance to dream about what the ministry here could and should look like in order to glorify God and share Him with…

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Service Time Change

Beginning Sunday, January 20th, our Sunday morning schedule will look like this: 9:15 – 10:15 Sunday School 10:30 – 11:45 Worship Our elders and deacons have been carefully considering this for some time now and feel that even a simple change like this helps us more effectively accomplish parts of our vision to reach the…