At Elburn Hill Church people come together quite often simply because they enjoy being together. It is where their friends are, where their families connect and where their burdens are shared and carried. New people are surprised at the friendly reception they receive from everyone. They often feel like family even their first visit. This sense of close community grows out of a strong commitment to a the way of life taught by Jesus.
Our mission is “To inspire allegiance to Jesus Christ through healing relationships built on the Word of God.” The pillars by which our church stands are Prayer, Bible, Family, Worship, Generosity, Service, Obedience and Unity (more detail on these on the About Us page).
Our highest loyalty is to Jesus Christ. This has implications for how we live our lives. The word “Christ” is identical to the Hebrew word “Messiah,” which, as it applies to Jesus, means King. In the books of Samuel in the Old Testament the phrase “The Lord’s Messiah” (usually translated as “The Lord’s Anointed”) always refers to the King of Israel. Jesus is the King of the Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God will replace all the kingdoms of the world and demands our first obedience. We are to obey earthly government in its rightful authority, but not to the point that we obey it instead of God (“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s” Matthew 22:21). God may or may not bless us with peace and prosperity now, but He promises we will inherit these things as “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus instructed us to build treasures in heaven rather than on earth, so that our first loyalty will be to Christ and His Kingdom: “For where your treasure is there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).
A kingdom is made up of people. The “Jesus and me alone” spirituality is not biblically authentic. You cannot be loyal to Christ without being loyal to Christ’s people. Members care for each other. Husbands are to sacrifice for their wives and children. Wives are to honor and encourage their families. Children are to learn to take responsibility. Church members are to look out for each others physical, emotional and financial needs. This means that every member must choose to serve rather than demand to be served. This service comes at the direction of Jesus Christ; not the desires of a pastor or congregant.
The authority of our church is the Bible which we accept as the Word of God. Our goal is that every sermon and every teaching, every plan and every action we take grows out of clear understanding of the Bible. We do not look to the ideas of psychology, self-help philosophies, political parties, business models, or new fads in ministry to build Christ’s community unless they are formed from Biblical statements and Biblically sound principles . Our intention is that if you want to learn the Bible, then you will want to come to our church. Members are encouraged to read the Bible daily and we provide reading programs to help in this endeavor.
Each week several groups meet to pray for each other and the community. This is real prayer and a call to God to act powerfully and demonstrably. We seek to live as salt and light in the community through our involvement in children’s activities, community service groups, neighborhood relationships, and township celebrations. We believe God intervenes supernaturally in our world to help, heal, and restore broken lives and has called us to join Him in this work until the day when the kingdom of His Son is established on this earth.