West Hills is a church with multiple campuses founded upon a number of ‘core beliefs’ based on the clear teaching of the Bible. ‘Core beliefs’ are beliefs which are foundational to who we are and inform what we do as a church. Core beliefs are sometimes referred to as ‘essential beliefs’ because they are the foundation of the Christian faith. Further, they are essential because unless a person affirms these truths wholeheartedly they cannot become a member of the West Hills Community, cannot teach and cannot hold leadership on any of our campuses.
We realize however, that as individuals seek to unite with the West Hills family they do so at different levels of spiritual maturity. Part of our membership process is therefore designed to make sure that these truths are understood by anyone seeking to unite with West Hills so that all who trust Jesus Christ alone for life and salvation may freely participate in our fellowship regardless of their level of maturity in the faith.
We believe in one Supreme God, who exists as three persons, the Father, the Son or Word, and the Holy Spirit. All three are co-equal and co-essential (of the same essence) and yet the three are one. This doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of our entire communion with God and our dependence on Him. The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding, and is infinite, eternal and unchangeable in being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. This same God created the heavens and the earth and surrounding universe, by the eternal Word through the eternal Spirit, and all things in it, for the manifestation of His eternal power and glory. This creation was very good.
We believe that Jesus Christ will return bodily, with power and great glory as He promised, to bring vengeance on His enemies and to establish His eternal kingdom. Further, at Jesus’ return, both the righteous and the unrighteous dead will be raised physically from the dead, the righteous to be with Christ forever and the unrighteous to be separated from Him forever. No one knows the time when these events will take place.
We believe that all people will stand before Jesus Christ for a final judgment, after which they will be rewarded according to what they have done in the body, whether good or evil.
Those who are righteous through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will go into everlasting life in the presence of the Lord, with everlasting joy and reward;
The unrighteous will be cast into everlasting fire, where they will be tormented forever as punishment for their sins and their rebellion against God, as will the apostate angels and Satan himself.