What can I expect at each gathering?
Sunday morning is a blend of gravity and gladness as we worship the Lord. Our dress is a reflection of our diversity. Typically there is a balance between dress and business-casual, though you will find anything from dark suits to jeans. There is no 'dress code' at Highlands although we do follow the principles of modesty, appropriateness, and reverence.
9:30AM Children's and Adult Bible Study
On Sunday morning at 9:30AM we gather for an hour of Bible Study, in which we study the meaning of God's Word and how it applies to every area of life. It is designed to be a smaller interactive group that learns together and prays together.
10:30AM Morning Worship Gathering
Everthing we do is intended to focus on an audience of “One." Each aspect is intended to bring God glory for He alone is worthy (Revelation 4:11). Worship is a person’s response to revelation (the Spirit and the Word). Worship is a rhythm of revelation and response. Our gathering is a dialogue between God's revelation through His Word and our response to Him. We usually begin with a hymn or a passage of Scripture. This is followed by prayer (Acts 2:42; 1 Timothy 2:1-4). Prayers focus on praise, confession, petition and thanksgiving.
The music we sing at Highlands is a beautiful blend of old and new texts and melodies. We enjoy a careful mix of newer and older doctrinally rich hymns together with vibrant new hymns and choruses. We choose hymns, songs, and choruses based upon their doctrinal accuracy and singability. It is not enough that a hymn is merely sentimental or that it has a great new tune. We emphasize congregational singing, which allows everyone to sing praise to God with one voice, over performed music, which spotlights individuals thus creating a spectating/entertainment environment. We view the music ministry of a church as a God-given means of teaching and admonishing one another (Colossians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 14:15,26; Matthew 26:30).
Preaching at Highlands is largely expositional, which means we seek to give the meaning of a particular Biblical passage. The meaning of the text is the point of the sermon. Sermons usually last between 40-45 minutes with morning service dismissing at 12:00PM. All preaching is Christ-centered and gospel-driven (1 Timothy 4:13; Acts 2:42; 2 Timothy 4:1-5).
At 6PM we gather as a church family for a time of singing, prayer and Bible study. The sermons are geared toward application in the life of the believer and the church body. The service concludes at 7PM by singing a hymn and reflecting on what we learned from God’s Word. Spontaneous fellowship often follows as members take time to talk and enjoy each other.
Truth Trackers is a children's Bible club for ages 3 through grade 6 designed to encourage the memory and application of the Bible to young lives.
Youth Group meets together in the teen room. Time is given for singing, Bible teaching, prayer, and an activity.
Bible Study members and guests gather for a time of inductive Bible study in which we think through a passage of Scripture together. One of our pastors will often give a few announcements and pray. As we study the Scriptures we always ask three questions of the text we are considering: “What does it say?” “What does it mean by what it says?” and, “What does it mean for me?” Our goal in Wednesday Night Bible Study is not simply to learn from the selected text but to learn how to study the Bible and apply it to our personal lives. We understand each text in its redemptive historical context. Tables are set up in the fellowship hall if you'd like to bring dinner or a snack. Tea and coffee are provided.