Pastors' Blogs

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…

Small Group Sermon Discussions

Prayer, part 12: Fasting: A Hunger for God

What is fasting, why do we do it, and do I really have to since it’s never commanded? Sermon Audio (right click to save)  |  Sermon Notes  |  Discussion Questions

Prayer, part 9: Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Does God lead us into temptation?  How do we avoid temptation and what do we do when we’re caught in the thick of it? Sermon Audio (right click to save)  |  Sermon Notes  |  Discussion Questions

Prayer, part 8: Forgive Us Our Debts

Prayer part 8: “Forgive Us Our Debts” If the Bible says “there is no condemnation for those in Christ”, why does Jesus expect us to keep confessing on a regular basis? Sermon Audio (right click to save)  |  Sermon Notes  |  Discussion Questions

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