Park Hills Baptist Church exists to glorify God by proclaiming Christ, “warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” (Colossians 1:28)
Our Guiding Principles
1. Christ-like maturity is our objective
We seek to glorify God by pursuing His plan for our lives to become followers of Christ who grow into Christ-like maturity. As we do so personally, we also seek to proclaim Christ publicly to all people, so that we may strive with one another towards Christ-likeness.
Our foundation: “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” (Colossians 1:28)
Christ-like maturity becomes evident as we grow:
(a) in our communion with God;
(b) in our community with the other believers; and
(c) in our commission to the world.
2. The Holy Bible is central and authoritative for our life and worship
The only reliable guide for pursuing this objective is the Word of God as found in the Christian Bible. Therefore, it is both centrally important and entirely authoritative for our life and worship. We seek to guide our lives individually and congregationally by its instructions.
Our foundation: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” (2 Timothy 3:16-4:2).
3. The local church is the community where God matures us
It is our firm conviction that God has designed the local church to be the community where believers grow into Christ. Only in such a community can we obey God’s command to speak the truth in love to each other and to work for our own and others’ maturity in the body of Christ.
Our foundation: “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16).
However, the local church is not merely an efficient or practical strategy for growth in godliness. God planned for the lives of Christians to be inherently and meaningfully interconnected.
Our foundation: “But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”… But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.“ (1 Corinthians 12:18-21, 24-26)
As practical steps toward this interdependent growth in Christ-like maturity, we strive for a clear understanding of the Gospel, of conversion, and of church membership and discipline. We encourage one another to treasure God’s Word and to rely on the Holy Spirit as God’s power for life and holiness. We seek to grow in our understanding of the overarching narrative and scope of the entire Bible, and to be faithful and fearless in evangelism and discipleship.
Our Statement of Faith is a summary of the core Biblical truths that bind us together as a congregation.
Our Church Covenant contains the commitments each of our members makes to one another.