We start Sunday with Sunday School at 9:00 AM. This is a 45-minute session divided by grades for school-age children and adults. Our morning worship service begins at 10:15 and will feature congregational singing, specials by our choir or soloists, and a message by the pastor or a guest speaker. Then at 5:30 we come back for a Bible challenge and prayer followed by our evening service at 6 PM with more inspiring music and another message. Most of our services last just a little over an hour.
We are a Baptist church which means that we believe the basic Bible doctrines for which Baptists have historically stood. We make no apologies for being Baptist and don’t try to hide that fact by taking the word out of our name. We are Baptists by conviction and principle, not by affiliation.
As Baptists we believe—
- The Bible is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice.
- The church should be autonomous or self-governing.
- The believer does not need a priest other than Jesus Christ to come boldly to God.
- Every Christian has equal access to God personally.
- God’s Word gives us two ordinances for the church—baptism and the Lord’s table.
- Each person is individually responsible for his decision to accept Christ.
- The believer is eternally secure and cannot lose salvation.
We are an independent church which means we are not affiliated with any particular board or ruling body. Because of this we can support our own missionaries, select our own leaders, and support institutions that believe as we believe. In short, our church answers to the headship of Jesus Christ rather than a denominational body. There are currently more than 10,000 independent Baptist churches in America and thousands more throughout the world.
We are a non-charismatic church which means we do not practice speaking in tongues, faith healing, sensationalism, or believe in extra-biblical revelation. While there are many people who prefer to worship this way, we choose to worship in ways that we feel to be consistent with God’s Word and His plan for this church.
Our music is traditional and conservative. We still like to sing the old hymns our grandparents used to sing because there is so much doctrine in those anointed songs. We may mix in some choruses here and there but the old red hymnal gets used every service. During the music service it’s not uncommon for folks to lift a hand in worship or say amen during the preaching. We nearly always have a schedule to follow when we begin, and we nearly always don’t follow it—we try to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit!
The main focus of each service is the preaching of God’s Word. Our pastor or a guest speaker will give a Bible message that addresses the problems of life. We believe the Bible has the answer to every problem and the power to comfort, correct, or instruct every need.
Will I Be Asked For Money?
During every service we receive an offering from our members, but we don’t expect our guests to put anything in the offering plate. Our members regularly give tithes and offerings to finance the ministries of Western Hills and it has been sufficient for every year we have been here. We truly want the service to be our gift to you, and want you to feel no obligation to give anything.
What should I wear?
There is not a dress code at Western Hills Baptist Church for members or guests. Our ministry leaders and many of our church family dress in more traditional “Sunday” dress; however, our main goal is that you would feel welcome and comfortable on your visit here at Western Hills!
I hope this has set your mind at ease about visiting and that we will see you here soon. If we have missed something, just give us a call or ask someone when you arrive. Whether you’re new to the area and looking for a church home, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve attended church at all, we hope your first visit at Western Hills Baptist will be uplifting and encouraging!