Hill City Baptist Church is a church in Peterborough, Ontario. We were originally a church plant called The Gathering, which was started in 2009 through a partnership between Auburn Bible Chapel and Trent Christian Fellowship (a student group at Trent University). We became autonomous in 2013, adopting our own constitution, and have continued worshipping together by God's grace ever since.
We exist to know Christ and make him known. We make this the aim of our lives, both by gathering for corporate worship, and by scattering to witness to the world in the name of Jesus Christ.
The following values help shape our church:
We are a Bible-Based church:
We believe that the Bible is inspired by God and is, therefore, totally true and trustworthy. It is given by God to his people as the authoritative standard for our lives and worship.
We are a Gospel-Centred church:
We believe that the gospel is the good news of what God has accomplished through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Regarding human salvation, we believe that Jesus lived a substitutionary righteous life and died a substitutionary punishment-bearing death, in the place of all who place faith in him, accomplishing our salvation. We want to keep the person and work of Jesus central in everything that we do.
We are a Maturity-Focused church:
We believe that it is important for Christians to grow spiritually after initially placing faith in Jesus, conforming more and more to the moral character of Jesus. This is not merely an independent project, but it involves meaningful participation in Christian community.
We are a Mission-Minded church:
We believe that God has given his people the mission of spreading the gospel throughout the whole world. We want to do what we can to spread the gospel throughout our city, our country, and throughout the whole world.
A more thorough explanation of our beliefs can be found in our Confession of Faith, Constitution, and Covenant in case you'd like to know more:
"This church accepts the Bible as its supreme and complete authority in all matters of doctrine and practice.
However, due to the lack of consensus as to what the Bible specifically teaches, we also generally regard the tenets set forward in the Hill City Baptist Church Confession of Faith, The 1644 Baptist Confession of Faith, The Nicene Creed, and The Apostles Creed as excellent summaries of the basic teachings of the Bible. We do not accept creeds and confessions as infallible, but rather see them as a useful anchor and help in theological controversy."