The story of Mercy Hill Church began about 6 years ago at the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. The Summit Church, led by Pastor J.D. Greear, has a vision to plant 1,000 churches across the world over the next 40 years. Mercy Hill was birthed out of that vision. Pastor Andrew Hopper came on staff at the Summit church back in 2007 where he was immersed in the sending culture of the Summit Church. What started as several small conversations about church planting between Andrew and other Summit staff members grew into a compelling vision to plant a new church in Greensboro, NC. Encouraged to take Summit’s best with him, that vision turned into one family which turned into two and eventually turned into a team of 30 people from Raleigh-Durham. This team was committed to selling houses, leaving established jobs, saying good-bye to friends, and planting their lives in a new city.
The team of 30, which included Pastor Andrew and the leadership team of Bobby Herrington and Jeremy Dager, met every Sunday night in Raleigh. The team was trained, discipled, and equipped. And in May of 2012, this army of eager church planters moved from Raleigh to Greensboro to see the Gospel go forth in their new city. Over the course of the summer, the team continued to meet to study God’s Word and build community (in Pastor Andrew’s back yard nonetheless). With eager anticipation, four months later on September 9, 2012, Mercy Hill launched their first public gathering. Since that time God’s blessing has been apparent. Originally the launch team’s prayer was that God would do “immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). And while we have seen great things, Pastor Andrew is convinced that the best is yet to come.
THE GOSPEL SAVES
Therefore, Mercy Hill Church will preach the Gospel to unbelievers.
God created humanity to worship and be in fellowship with him. Yet, humanity decided to worship self instead of God which resulted in sin and idolatry. The fall undermined man’s fellowship with God, left all of creation broken, and resulted in both physical and spiritual death (Rom. 8:20-21; Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:3; Ps. 51:5). The good news of the Gospel is that in spite of all of creation being fallen, and man being dead in sin, God intervened based on his love and mercy. He did so by sending his son Jesus Christ to reconcile all things by taking on human flesh so that he could live for, die for, and be resurrected for those who are separated from God (Col. 1:20; Rom. 5:19; Rom. 6:1-10). Salvation is a free gift of God that is received through faith in Christ (Eph. 2:8). This is the Gospel that Mercy Hill Church will unashamedly live and preach to the city of Greensboro, NC.
THE GOSPEL SANCTIFIES
Therefore, Mercy Hill Church will preach the Gospel to believers.
The Gospel is for both non-Christians and Christians alike. In salvation the Gospel gives us a right standing before God, and in daily Christian living creates in us a desire to love God and be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). The Gospel is the primary fuel for living the Christian life. We will only be motivated to love God and love our neighbors as we daily reflect on God’s love for us experienced in the Gospel (Matt. 22:37-39). We are committed to continually preaching the Gospel to our church in the hope that the love we experience through it will enable Mercy Hill Church to live for God and bring him glory.
THE GOSPEL GATHERS
Therefore, Mercy Hill Church will gather together as the body of Christ.
The fall distorted our relationship with God and one another. Yet, through being restored to a right relationship with God through the gospel, we can have true authentic community with one another. As a local expression of the body of Christ in Greensboro, we are dedicated to covenanting together and committing our lives to one another. We will strive to be a diverse covenant community welcoming all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. We will seek to love one another which will act as an apologetic to those who do not know God (John 17:23). Lastly, we will gather together for weekly corporate worship as a visible picture of the body of Christ and the power of the Gospel.
THE GOSPEL SENDS
Therefore, Mercy Hill Church will take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
When the Gospel saves us the gospel sends us. Jesus told his disciples, “As the father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21). We believe God is sending Mercy Hill Church to Greensboro, NC. Therefore, we will strive to be a sent community living as fishers of men (Luke 5:10-11) by taking the Gospel to our workplace, to our neighborhoods, and to the whole city. We believe that the church is God’s plan A to bring salvation to the ends of the earth and to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20). As a result Mercy Hill Church will support missions, send missionaries, and plant churches for the glory of God.
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