Western Hills' Shepherds
From Left: Stan Scherler, Jeff Reinke, Mike Shklar, Bill Hensen, Jim Gibson, and Phil Kennedy
Welcome to Western Hills Church of Christ from the Shepherds!
Many people have asked what we believe, and though this website may not answer every question of this nature, we do want to help members, visitors and inquirers learn more about our church.
We are convinced that our church must not be so broadly open that it fails to make vitally important distinctions which the Bible itself makes; nor are we to insist that every member share the same precise set of theological convictions.
To say that we are evangelical means that we take our stand with all those who believe in what is referred to as the "the fundamentals": the existence of the triune God, the deity of Jesus, the virgin birth, the atonement of Christ, the sure return of Christ and the infallibility and divine authority of the Bible which is a faithful and true guide to what we are to believe and how we are to live. We joyfully affirm our unity with those who hold to these fundamentals including those true believers in Christ who, for whatever reasons, find themselves members of denominations or churches with which we might have certain disagreements.
We are evangelical, therefore we take seriously the Great Commission which we believe is our mission as a church. We affirm the responsibility of each person to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and our responsiblity to extend the Gospel invitaion as a call to salvation to everyone who hears its message. We invite all without distinction to drink freely of the Water of Life and to live eternally.
We believe that the Kingdom of God is not only a future hope but is also a present reality. We believe that the ascension of Jesus Christ means that He is presently reigning from Heaven. We are therefore called upon to honor and love Him in every area of our personal lives and to plant the banner of Christ's Kingdom in every area of human endeavor.
Western Hills Church of Christ desires to be warm, friendly, gracious, inviting, non-judgemental; yet holding strong convictions that always come directly from the Bible. It is our absolute and unwavering conviction that to be strong in truth withour being gentle in manner is unbiblical. It is also our profound conviction that being gentle in manner while not adhering to scriptural truth is also unbiblical. By God's Grace, we will be both, as we press on to accomplish God's mission for us individually and collectively.