core beliefs

  • We believe in one God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 5:16, 45; 6:1, 4, 8, 9; James 1:17; John 1:17; John 1:1; 14:9; Genesis 1:2; John 4:24, 14:16-20; 2 Peter 1:21)
  • We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible (Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3)
  • We believe in Jesus Christ, God's one and only Son, the one and only Savior (John 1:14; 1 John 4:9; John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:18)
    • who was born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary (Matthew 21:11; John 19:19, 1:14; Romans 5:15-17; Colossians 2:9; 1 John 1:1; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-38).  
    • Who suffered and was crucified by order of Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1-46).  
    • Who died and was buried, and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Luke 23:44-24:8; John 20:24-29; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8). 
    • Who ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father (Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1)
    • Who will return to judge both the living and the dead (Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11, 10:39-42; 1 Peter 4:5).

Communion 

There is no New Testament command as to the frequency of communion.  Jesus simply said "....do this in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19).  Therefore, we are left to examine the example left for us by the early church.  Acts 2:46 indicates that early on Christians broke break daily.  Acts 20:7 says they came together on the first day of the week to break bread.  Likewise, we have chosen to break bread when we come together on the first day of the week.  

Baptism

We believe the Bible teaches that baptism is to be the immediate response of faith in Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:21).  Peter is clear that the power for salvation is not in the water, but in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior that brings the power of salvation to all.  Peter also teaches, however, that baptism is God's chosen response of our faith in Christ.  


Leadership

The responsibility for leadership and authority rests upon a team of Elders who God has set apart for the purpose of leading and protecting the church.  The staff serves under the guidance and direction of these Elders.  Deacons oversee specific areas of ministry and work directly with ministry team leaders, providing guidance, accountability and encouragement.  It is through these ministry teams that God's people are equipped and encouraged to use their gifts in service to God (Acts 20:28-31, 6:1-7; Ephesians 4:7-16). 

The Christian Church

Woodland Hills is part of a brotherhood of Churches known as the "Restoration Movement" which sought to restore the original church as shown in the book of Acts.  WHCC is a non-denominational church, not associated with any higher authority or organization.  We recognize a fellowship and brotherhood with other Restoration Churches, however, each congregation is fully independent.    


First Step Class

Are you interested in learning more about the beliefs and practices of WHCC?  First Step is a class designed specifically to answer these questions.  This class will provide further information about the history and practices of WHCC.  This class is offered quarterly and is a requirement for church membership, although membership is not required of those who attend.  Registration for First Step is required.  Registration is available online here and at the GROUPS table at least one month prior to the class.  Childcare is available upon request.  Questions, contact Roger Phelps, Discipleship Pastor at rphelps@whcc.info or call the church office at 276-628-8659.