Vision & Purpose
A purpose statement is like the headlights on a car. They let you see where you are going and keep you out of the ditch at night. We trust that our vision will serve a similar role for us. At Pleasant Hill Church we are committed to a single, Bible-based purpose that is carried out in several different ways. Our central purpose is stated in the following sentence:
"At Pleasant Hill Church We Seek to Bring Glory to God by Building Lives for Eternity."
We believe that Our Vision/Purpose statement will be fulfilled as we engage in the several primary tasks prescribed for churches in the New Testament. We use the important Bible word "BUILD" (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:32; 1 Thessalonians 5:11) to remind us of these five essential activities.
B - Bowing our Lives in Worship (Psalm 95:6)
Worship is to be a core component in the lives of God's people. In it's simplest form, Worship refers to all that ways we relate to God in our daily lives--reading, meditating upon, and obeying the Bible, times of prayer, and especially when we give God thanks for who He is, and all He has done for us. As we gather each week at Pleasant Hill Church we seek to offer opportunities for God's people to express sincere and heartfelt. praise to the Lord, and we encourage our brothers and sisters to continue in this attitude of worship throughout the week.
U - Uniting our Lives in Fellowship (1 John 1:3)
God's people are meant to be together. In fact, the word, "church" means a gathering of God's people. We were never meant to "go it alone." People often ask if you can be a Christian and not go to church. The answer is, yes you can be a Christian and not go to church, but you won't likely be a good one. You see, we were meant to hang together. After all, we are part of the same spiritual family; in the Bible we are know as brothers and sisters. Indeed, the connection is so close that we are pictures as the various parts of a body. Fellowship at Pleasant Hill Church therefore means we are part of eachother's lives. We watch out for eachother. I've got your back and you've got mine. In comfort, support, correction, and encouragement, the PHC family is united in fellowship!
I - Instructing our Lives in the Bible (Acts 17:11)
As believers in our Lord Jesus we are called to, yes, invited to build our houses on "the Rock". Jesus compared the security of building our lives on knowing and doing the things He taught with two men--one who built his house on a rock foundation; the other who built on sand. Both houses were subjected to terrible storms, but only one stood the test. Can you guess which? In the same way, at Pleasant Hill we continually emphasize the importance of building our lives on the firm foundation of the Bible. Multiple opportunities for encountering and interacting with the truth of Scripture are offered weekly.
L - Lending our Lives in Service (1 Corinthians 15:58)
God has a purpose for each person he brings to our fellowship. We know this because the Bible tells us we are saved to serve. God has crafted each of us to do a special work for Him. It should be no surprise, then, that we frequently encourage folks to find their special place. No pressure here; we just know that every Christian will find the most fulfillment and reward in life when they are serving. So come, join us in the great adventure!
D - Displaying our Lives in Witness (Acts 1:8)
One final activity is highlighted by the word BUILD in our vision statement; it is the witness of our lives to those around us. Jesus told us to let our lights shine, and that as a result, others would turn their attention to the living God. We witness by our words, and by our works. We speak out about the Lord--what He has done for us, His Word, His wonderful ways; and we "live out" God's ways before a watching and needy world. At PHC, we are always trying to reach the next generation. We take seriously the Bible questions, "How will they hear unless someone tells them?" By the power of God's Spirit living within us, we let our light shine, here in our communities, and all around the world.
Folks at PHC will soon find that almost everything we do here is somehow connected to our purpose. In this way we hope to keep ourselves right in the center of God's will and His blessing.
We invite all who read this to partner with us in the carrying out of this plan. Won't you consider joining us in this great adventure? Won't you partner with us as we "Build Lives for Eternity"?