For you to be fully engaged at West Hills we believe that you should be informed on our belief system. This is a summary of our core beliefs, but if you would like to know more, or have any questions about our belief system, we would love to discuss it with you.
The Bible is the divinely-inspired and inerrant Word of God, with ultimate authority in all matters of faith and life.
There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), who is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, is immortal and eternal, knows all things and sovereignly rules over all things, and is therefore worthy to receive all glory and adoration.
God created human beings in his own image or likeness, male and female, to care for, manage, and govern creation, and to live in fellowship with and obedience to their Creator. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
When Adam fell from his original sinless state through Satan’s temptation, all humanity participated in the Fall, and are thus alienated from God, corrupt in every aspect of their being, under God’s righteous condemnation, and in supreme need of being reconciled to God. Man’s only hope is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue and restore us to himself.
From before the beginning of time God determined to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe, language, people, and nation to become a people for his own possession. In his grace, God justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies all who repent and believe in Jesus, trusting in him as their Redeemer, Savior, and Lord.
The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, loving and graciously giving his life as a substitutionary atoning sacrifice for lost sinners. The gospel is essential both for the salvation of the lost and the sanctification of the redeemed, and is to be proclaimed to all nations.
The eternal Son of God became human in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Being fully God and fully man, he was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary, perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life, suffered and died on the cross for our sins, was raised bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven, where he now sits at the right hand of God the Father and from where he will one day return as victorious King, to judge the living and the dead.
The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son, to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The third Person in the Trinity awakens and regenerates those who are being saved, indwells every believer, distributes spiritual gifts, produces spiritual fruit in the lives of the redeemed, and guides, instructs, equips, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
The church is the universal body of Christ comprised of all regenerated persons from all generations, a living spiritual body of which Jesus Christ is the head. The local church consists of a particular body of believers who gather together for worship, prayer, fellowship, evangelism, discipleship, and community and global witness to a lost world.
Christian baptism is the immersion in water of the one who professes faith in Jesus Christ. While we do not baptize infants, we dedicate them to the Lord, that they might be raised in the admonition and instruction of the Lord, thereby one day coming to personal saving faith. Jesus instituted what we refer to as the Lord’s Supper as a commemoration of his death, to be practiced until he returns. West Hills observe the Lord’s Supper three Sundays a month during worship, and once a month in our life groups.
Jesus Christ will one day personally and bodily return to earth with his angels, exercising his role as final Judge and consummating his kingdom. There will be a bodily resurrection of the just (believers) to eternal blessedness in God’s presence, and of the unjust (unbelievers) to judgment and eternal punishment. God will establish a new heaven and a new earth, where God will dwell with his people and “will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”