From the Church
North Hills Community Baptist Church is a fellowship of many different people, from diverse backgrounds, tied together by our faith in Jesus Christ. We are a church that upholds the doctrine of the trinity and believes we are loved by God the Father, brought into relationship through Jesus the Son, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. We stretch from McCandless to Mars, from Pittsburgh to Pine, and from West View to Wexford. In fact, over 20 different zip codes are represented by the membership of the church. Our youth group represents six different school districts in the Pittsburgh area.
With all the diversity and distance represented in the congregation, our name is truly descriptive of what we are: a community in Christ. The Greek word for “church” means “to be called out from.” The people of the North Hills Community Baptist Church have been called out from all walks of life from all over Pittsburgh to be the body of Christ in this place. Throughout the week we gather for worship, education and fellowship. We engage in a full schedule—Bible studies, choirs, prayer groups, dinners, youth groups, mission work. The building on the corner of Thompson Run and McIntyre is the center of our congregation’s life. But the other hours of the week find the church scattered throughout Western Pennsylvania and beyond. The people of this church go to school, to work, clean homes and raise families. But all that we do is inspired by the knowledge that we are a new creation. We have been claimed by Jesus Christ, and life will never be the same again.
Our mission is to advance the Kingdom of God and to be the Body of Christ. We serve God individually and together through:
- Seeking and following the direction of the Holy Spirit
- Living our lives as exemplified by Jesus Christ
- Worshiping God
- Sharing the good news of God’s love and forgiveness
- Teaching God’s word and making disciples
- Serving the people God brings into our lives
The Vision of the North Hills Community Baptist Church is to build upon the Body of Christ by loving God, loving others, and growing together.
Baptists do not use a creed to which every member must subscribe. The sole authority for our faith and practice is the Bible itself. Years ago, a Christian scholar affirmed this principle: “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity.” This is a fitting motto for the North Hills Community Baptist Church.
A summary of the distinctive beliefs of Baptists is arranged in the following acrostic:
- Bible as sole authority
- Autonomy of each local congregation
- Priesthood of all believers
- The value of religious liberty
- Immersion of believers as a symbol of faith
- Salvation by faith alone
- Telling others about Christ