BeliefsInspired to thrive in relationship with God, we serve one another in authentic community and intentionally live to expose our world to Jesus Christ.
As a Church of Jesus Christ, we are excited about our faith. We live committed lives, practicing our faith with joy and enthusiasm. This excitement flows out of a genuine, thriving relationship with God. Jesus said “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) We desire to be a people characterized by the abundant life found in Jesus Christ. In order for us to have this abundant life, we must become his disciple. Discipleship means we are following Jesus, being changed by Jesus and committed to the mission of Jesus. Through God’s son, we can experience true Joy and thrive in relationship with Him.
God has called us to collective relationship centered on the Gospel. Jesus modeled community with every fiber of His being. He demonstrated the importance of relationship in the way He engaged His disciples and taught without authentic relationship, discipleship is not possible. At Highlands we believe God has called us to rich, meaningful relationships, in service and in transparency. Our vision is to see every person engaged in this kind of collective.
Jesus came to this world with purpose. In the gospel of John, Jesus is “ the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.” We understand Jesus’ purpose as the light was to expose the world to God’s reality so people might have eternal life through Him. Jesus was also an intentional leader. He had a clear understanding of how the world works, who He was, His mission and what He needed to do to accomplish it.
As followers of Jesus, God has given us his light, declared us His children, and enlisted us to join His mission. Having Christ as our example, our goal is to see every person at Highlands intentionally live out this mission in all areas of their lives. Napa Valley and the Bay Area are huge mission field’s. But we understand God’s mission is both local and global. Our desire is to be part of God’s gospel movement, partners with gospel centered ministries and plants new churches to fulfill God’s mission in this world.
Highlands is a community that values gospel centered ministry, family, excellence, simplicity, authenticity and generosity.
Gospel Centered Ministry
The gospel is the message of the good news about Jesus Christ. However, it is more than that. The good news is Jesus himself. Having a relationship with him, living for him and experiencing the life He promises to bring. Therefore, everything we engage in proclaims the gospel and models what it means to live for Jesus.
The church is comprised of those who profess faith in Jesus Christ irregardless of race, rank, class, culture, sex or age. All are equally broken, equally loved and equally accepted. As a result, the church is diverse. This diversity is a strength. It sharpens us by challenging us to be open to seeing our world, experiences and faith from different perspectives. It comforts us through shared relationships that rally around one another. It encourages us to endure and live faithfully for Jesus Christ because we are family united for all eternity. We value this diversity and utilize its strengths at HCF.
Everything we do is an opportunity for worship. We understand this to mean the way we go about our activities (Being intentional, creative, innovative, having a high standard with grace, etc.) reflects our view of God and what it means to be created in his image. At HCF our desire is to redeem worship and glorify God through our actions in a way that honors God for who He is.
It is easy to get caught up in doing things simply because of tradition or history. Often times our motive can be influenced by selfishness, pride or fear. Our desire is to do what is right, make a real impact in peoples lives, and focus on what Jesus himself commanded us to do. Because of this, we want to always be assessing why we do the things we do and posture openness for healthy change that will bring focus to the calling of the church.
In a world caught up in putting its best foot forward and hiding its ugliness, we value people being real. The cross invites us to come as we are. Jesus is not afraid of our brokenness and dark places and neither are we. We believe the only way to true healing and peace is to confront the truth of who we are and step into the light. As a church, we actively encourage people to be honest with where they are at, embrace reality and grow in the strength of Christ.
God is generous.The Lord continuous to give in abundance to all of His creation. He provides the Sun upon our face, the food upon our table and the very air in our lungs. He has generously poured out His love, mercy and grace upon our lives through the work of Jesus Christ. He pours out upon our lives every single day. As followers of Jesus we are not called to simply receive, but to be like God in His generosity. This generosity is an outpouring of Spirit living in us. As a church, we value the generosity of God and desire to be generous people by giving of our time, talent and treasure.
Our Essential Beliefs
We believe in one God, eternally existing as three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each person is fully God, equal in essence. Each member is distinct from the other, however, they are fully God. (Gen. 1:26, 3:22, 11:7, Isa. 6:8; Psalm 45:6-7, 110:1; Hosea 1:7 Oneness: Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:14; Exodus 20:3; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; Ephesians 4:3-6/ Trinity: John 6:27; 1 Peter 1:2; John 20:28; Matthew 9:4; 28:18, 20; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Co. 2:10; Psalm 139:7; Matthew 28:19)
We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. Jesus’ deity is demonstrated through: the virgin birth, His perfect righteousness, His perfect obedience to the will of God, His fulfillment of Scripture as the Messiah, His death, resurrection, and ascension, and His placement at the right hand of God.(Matt. 26:63;Mark 2:5-10; 2:27-28; John 1:1; 8:58;10:30; 14:7-9; Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:15-20; Colossians 2:9; 2 Timothy 4:1; Philippians 2:5-11)
On The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit, as the third person of the trinity, is God(Matt. 28:19, 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14).Therefore, He is to be given the same honor and respect we give to the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is a person, not merely an impersonal force(John 14:26, 15:26, 16:13-14). The Holy Spirit is one with the Father and the Son. God is not distant. In the Holy Spirit, God has drawn near to His creation, to the point where He enters into each individual believer.
We believe man came into existence through God’s creative act. God made man from the dust of the earth in His image and likeness. Man was created in blessedness and he was good. To be created in the image of God means to reflect God’s glory and radiance. This consist of both the moral qualities of God (i.e. righteousness) and the natural attributes of God.
Concerning original sin, we agree with the Westminster Confession, which states: ” By this sin they (our first parents) fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and so became dead in sin, and wholly defiled in all the faculties and parts of soul and body. They being the root of all mankind, the guilt of this sin was imputed, and the same death in sin and corrupted nature conveyed to all their posterity, descending from them by ordinary generation. From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil, do proceed all actual transgressions. This corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated; and although it be through Christ pardoned and mortised, yet both itself, and all the motions there of, are truly and properly sin.”(Eph. 2:3; 2 Co 4:4; Rom. 1:18-3:20)(Mark 10:45; Rom. 6:11, 14; Heb. 2:15; Col. 1:13).
We believe scripture consists of the 66 books contained in the Old and New Testaments and the canon of scripture is closed.
We believe all the words in scripture are the very words of God and to disbelieve or disobey any word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God.(Deut. 18:18-20; Jer. 1:9, 14:4; Ezek. 2:7; Matt. 4:4, 19:5; Luke 1:70, 24:25; John 5:45-47; Acts 3:18; Romans 1:2, 3:2, 9:17; 1 Cor. 9:8-10; 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe Scripture, in its original manuscripts, does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact. (Num. 23:19; 2 Sam. 7:28; Pss. 12:6; 119:89; Prov. 30:5; Matt. 24:35; John 17:17; Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18)
We believe Scripture contains all of the words God intended his people to have throughout history, and contains everything we need to know for salvation, trusting Him and obeying Him.
(Deut. 4:2, 12:32, Prov. 30:5-6; 2 Tim. 3:15-16; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23)
We believe salvation is mediated through faith alone in Jesus Christ. One must recognize their total depravity before God( Romans 3:23), understand the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23), and Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for one’s sin (Romans 5:8). Knowledge of this truth is only part the first part in order to receive salvation. Following this one must repent of sin and trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior.Through confession of faith in Jesus Christ alone, one is justified, sanctified, and given eternal life. (John 1:12, John 3:16)
We believe sanctification is a process where one’s moral condition is being brought in conformity with one’s legal status before God. Experientially, this is the process of God’s continuing work in a believer’s life where God brings about holiness, thus enabling the believer to reflect the image of Christ. (1 Thess. 5:23; Hebrews 13:20-21)