Core Values

Our Ministry Process

At HSBC, our purpose is a core commitment to a simple ministry process that is designed to develop people into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who treasure the Word of God and are active participants in fulfilling the Great Commission. Our goal is to develop members who Love God and Love others, who seek to Grow in Christ through community, and who seek to Serve the world. Our expectation is that members will work their way through this process weekly, deepening in their walk with Christ with each passing week. Each part of the process has a corresponding activity that helps to move people through the process, and aide them as they seek to Love God, Grow in their faith, and Serve the world around them.

The Process

Love God and Love Others

When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, his response was simple, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39) Loving God and loving others is at its heart an act of worship, and worship is both a private and a family matter. Members at HSBC are expected to have vibrant personal relationships with Christ, whereby they Love God through worship on a daily basis. But the Bible also commands us to gather together with other believers (a faith family) regularly to worship the Lord together.     At HSBC we provide 2 opportunities each Sunday to worship together as a faith family at 11:00am and 6:00pm. Our gatherings provide the opportunity to Love God and Love others as we come together for the express purpose of publicly and purposefully worshipping God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit both for who He is (our creator and sustainer) and for what He has accomplished for us through the gospel of grace.

Grow in Christ through Community

Following the resurrection and just prior to His ascension, Jesus left the church with a task that we have come to know as the Great Commission. Jesus said “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) The heart of the Great Commission is to make disciples, which means the heartbeat of HSBC is to make disciples. This occurs as we help people see their need for Christ, invite them into a relationship with Christ, baptize them as a symbol of their commitment to Christ, and then teach them to become more like Christ.
The process of growing more and more like Christ and less and less like ourselves is a lifelong process that occurs as we learn more of who God is as he has revealed himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through His holy, inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word and seek to be obedient to all of His commands, not out of obligation or any attempts to earn merit before Him, but rather flowing from the reality that we have already received mercy and favor from Him. At HSBC our Sunday School classes are the primary means by which we connect with others in order to grow in Christ together. These smaller groups come together to study the bible, minister to one another, and to reach others with the gospel. Thus, each group has a threefold purpose: to Mature in Christ through carefully studying and applying the Scripture together, to Minister to one another by praying for one another and meeting one another’s needs, to engage in Mission by seeking to reach non-believers with the gospel, praying for and caring for church planters and international missionaries, and seeking to serve the community of Somerset and Pulaski County together.

Serve the World

The primary task of the Great Commission is to make disciples, but there is a qualifier at the beginning of the Commission that explains how we are to make disciples. The first word of the commission is go, so if we are to make disciples we must go to where these prospective disciples are. We have the most essential message in all the world, that Jesus Christ has died to save men and women, boys and girls from their sin and rebellion. It is not only the most essential message in all the world, it is the only essential message, and we as the church have been tasked to serve the world by taking the gospel to people everywhere, beginning in Somerset and Pulaski County and stretching to the ends of the earth.     At HSBC, we expect members to serve, and that service is twofold. First, we need members to serve within the church so that we may be better equipped to serve outside the church. There are a variety of opportunities to serve within the church, whether it be in our children’s area, worship area, student area, Sunday School teacher, committees, etc. All members should find at least one area to serve within the church. Second, all members should be serving outside the church, taking the gospel to the community and beyond. First and foremost this takes place as individuals and families live life on mission where they are, taking the gospel to friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, and others they might encounter in daily life. But we must also serve the world together, and the primary vehicle for serving together is our Sunday School classes. Our classes seek ways to serve the community together, through community outreach projects of various kinds, with the intent to reach people with the gospel.   But we are not called to simply serve the community, we are also called to serve the world. Our classes also seek to engage in national and international missions in partnership with North American Mission Board church planters, and International Mission Board missionaries. In partnering with these groups our church as a whole, and Sunday School classes in particular, look to engage in four areas of strategic partnership:
Praying for the missionaries and planters on the ground and for those people groups that they are seeking to engage with the gospel, that lives would be change by God’s grace and for His glory.

Giving of our financial resources to help offset costs and fund the mission of reaching the world for Christ. As a church this is accomplished through our giving to the Cooperative Program, and also through supporting each agency through special offerings (Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong, etc.). As Sunday School classes this may come through financially blessing individual planters and missionaries as the Lord leads.

Going to help on the ground through short term mission trips. The goal in going would be to support the planters and missionaries by serving their needs in helping with the work that they are doing to see the Great Commission fulfilled where they are.

Sending individuals and families to become long term missionaries and church planters in order to begin their own work, or to support work that has already begun among unreached and unchurched people.