Part I - Who Are We?
We are a city on a hill for the city in which we live,
Shining the light of Jesus for the glory of God
At The Heights Presbyterian Church, we recently spent some time praying and developing an updated Mission and Vision statement. We thought it would be important to craft such a statement in order to bring more unity and focus to our church. We hope that this statement and the accompanying explanation in this three-part blog post helps shed light on who we are and what we do in our community. If you are interested in hearing more, join us for worship at 10:00 AM in Shaker Square, or contact us at Office@HeightsPres.org.
Who Are We?
We are a city on a hill for the city in which we live.
In Matthew 5, Jesus uses the illustration of a city set on a hill, which casts light out into the darkness for others to see and guide their journey. Jesus is teaching his disciples, both then and now, that God has shone the Light of Life into our lives, bringing salvation to us,(2 Cor. 4:6) and that we are to shine that light into the darkness of the fallen world around us. At Heights Presbyterian Church, we are a people of God set apart by the forgiveness of our sins by the blood of Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which transforms us from the inside out. Therefore, we will worship God, read and teach His Word, and practice a deep reliance upon the Spirit moving within us. We are just one local manifestation of God’s people, united together throughout time and space in Christ. We long for the day when His Church will inhabit the New Jerusalem, the city on a hill that is lit by the light of the Lamb of God who was slain.(Rev. 21:22-23)
Just as the exiled Israelites were encouraged by the prophet Jeremiah to seek the welfare of Babylon while awaiting the restoration of God’s people(Jer. 29:7), so too Heights Presbyterian Church will seek the welfare of our city, while awaiting God’s great renewal of all things. We believe that God is at work in Cleveland bringing lost sons and daughters back to himself, as well as bringing restoration to culture, community, and creation. We are committed to loving our neighbor, whomever that may be, and however that might look. We love Cleveland, and want to see the people here flourish. We know that eternal and abundant life, life that is flourishing, is found in the person of Jesus(John 14:6) and therefore we will grow in our pursuit of Jesus as well as invite others to follow Him with us.