What We Believe
As a Baptist church within the fellowship of Canadian Baptists of Western Canada, we share a common confession of faith as follows:
Statement Of Faith
While not a denomination that emphasizes creeds or rituals, the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada together affirm wholeheartedly the revelation of God as given in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and confess the faith therein set forth. We here explicitly assert the doctrines which we regard as crucial to the understanding and proclamation of the Gospel and to practical Christian living:
1. The sovereignty, love, and grace of God, the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
2. The divine inspiration of Holy Scripture and its entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
3. The value of each human being as created by God. The universal sinfulness of humankind since the fall, which alienates all from God and subjects all to condemnation.
4. The full deity and humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, whose substitutionary sacrifice is the sole ground of redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin.
5. The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith alone in Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
6. The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of God, the Holy Spirit, in the believer.
7. The church as set forth in the New Testament and understood historically by the Baptist community.
8. The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ, our participation in the resurrection, and the hope of eternal life.
As a Baptist church we operate under the following convictions:
The Authority of the Bible - telling us everything we need to know in order to follow Jesus and regulate the church.
Jesus is Lord - the fundamental confession of the Christian faith. The church is made up of those who profess that Jesus is Lord.
Religious Freedom – If acknowledging Jesus as Lord is what identifies a person as a follower of Christ, then everyone must be free to declare this, or to reject it.
Separation of Church and State – The state has no place telling people what to believe or forcing them to follow any practice of worship.
The Priesthood of All Believers – in which all believers have direct access to God through the finished work of Christ on the cross.
Church Membership – which is not about keeping people out, but inviting them into the gathered community of believers.
The Autonomy of the Local Church – Each local church is independent in the conduct of its own internal affairs and accountable directly to the Lord.
Association – Despite this belief in autonomy, in fact because of it, Baptists are committed to interdependence through voluntary association.
The Church Meeting – in which the members of the church come together to discern the leading of the Holy Spirit on the life of the local church.
Two Ordinances – everyday things which symbolize key spiritual realities: the water of baptism, and the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper.
The CBWC has been accrediting women for church ministry since 1959. Hillside strongly affirms this position and actively works to encourage women and men equally in leadership at all levels of church life.