Pastors' Blogs

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…

Small Group Sermon Discussions

Prayer, part 4: Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done

What do we pray for? “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done” If God is sovereign, what good does prayer do?  Won’t His will be done no matter what? Sermon Audio (mp3)  |  Sermon Notes  |  Discussion Questions

Prayer, part 3: Our Father… Hallowed Be Your Name

Who are we praying to? “Our Father… Hallowed Be Your Name” How do we relate to a God who is, at once, both intimately personal and infinitely holy? Sermon Audio (mp3)  |  Sermon Notes  |  Discussion Questions

Prayer, part 2 – How NOT to Pray

A Heart Prepared to Come to God in Prayer: “Do Not Pray Like the Hypocrites” Scripture makes it clear that there are times when God will not, in fact, listen to our prayers.  In this message we explore what matters to God when we come before Him in prayer. Sermon Audio (mp3)  |  Sermon Notes  |…

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