Our purpose is to live LaRGE in the power of God, John 10:10.
L Loving God and loving others
R Reaching out and reaching in
G Growing to be like Jesus
E Everywhere; Every day
Here’s what some HHBC folks had to say about our place:
- “Spiritual truth for real world living”
- “Sermons are always solid and surprising”
- “Worship Music: new stuff, old stuff, all good stuff”
- “Loving and laid back”
- “Starts on time, ends on time, gets to lunch on time”
- “Everybody’s different, but everybody’s accepted”
God’s Dream for Our Church
7 Year Vision
An overwhelming darkness has flooded southeastern Davidson County; this attitude considers God in general and churches in particular both irrelevant and unnecessary. People hungry for life can’t find it, so we will be a light of healing and hope in the power of God. We will shine Jesus’ love upon our neighbors through specific projects designed to meet their immediate spiritual or physical needs. As Jesus fed 15,000 men, women, and children with a few small fish and loaves of bread, we will trust God to empower us to offer “the bread of life” to those without God’s hope and help. Like a friendly campfire draws lost hikers to its warmth and promise of aid, we will work with God to see that in the next 7 years 300 of our neighbors will come to the bright love of Jesus shining in our lives and from this hill.
3 Year Vision
- Reach more parents.
- Increase Social Media Presence.
- Discover the Needs of Our Neighbors.
- Increase Training Among Members concerning spiritual growth, spiritual gifts, and spiritual service.
1 Year Vision
God will lead us to double the number of HHBC members who live in Antioch.
4 Action Plans for 2018
- Establish a team to interview community leaders to determine the main felt needs of residents in Antioch. This team will attend community meetings to stay abreast of new needs and events.
- Involve members in posting and re-posting HHBC events/news on social media – cf. the Social Media Team.
- Letter/Prayer Outreach Campaign (members will be given 50 names/addresses to whom they will write letters, inviting their neighbors to come to our church and for whom they will pray).
- Library Outreach Sundays (with permission, spend 4 Sunday afternoons in a row, at least twice a year, throwing frizbees, handing out water, making friends at the Antioch Library).
THE GOD’S DREAM TEAM
Sam Anderson, Deacon
Sam Anderson, Worship Leader
Bryon Beal, Deacon
Jennifer Beal , Church Treasurer
Ray Clubb, Pastor
Tony Cox, Deacon
Dale McCleskey, Deacon
Roger Pratt, Deacon
Pete Steiner, Chair of Finance Committee
Cathey Williams, Ministry Assistant
What We Believe
Hickory Hollow Baptist is a Southern Baptist church, so we work with other Baptist churches here in the Nashville Baptist Association, the Tennessee Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention. We believe that churches working together can do more to share the Good News about what Jesus has done for the world than they can do by themselves. We ascribe to the 1963 version of the Baptist Faith and Message, a document written to explain the core beliefs of Southern Baptists. What follows are a collection of highlights of our beliefs designed to introduce us to you.
We believe that the Bible was written by men divinely inspired to deliver us a guide book for life. By following its teachings, we learn how to be right with God, with others, and with ourselves. The Bible is God’s final and fully trustworthy expression of Himself and how to be right with Him. II Timothy 2:15; II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; I Peter 1:23 – 2:2; II Peter 1:19-21.
We believe that there is one God who chooses to reveal Himself to people and through the Bible. He is and always has been the one and only God. Though He is one eternal being, He exists in the mystery of the trinity. As the old hymn puts it, “God in three persons, blessed trinity.” God the Father created the world through His co-eternal son, Jesus Christ. God the Son became flesh, lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death, and rose from the dead three days later. After 40 days of further instruction for His followers, Jesus returned to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for believers. God the Holy Spirit is the eternal and ever present force of God. He was active in creation, worked with God’s people in Old Testament times, and He dwells in believers when they give their hearts to Jesus as Lord. It is safe to say that God is not like us!
People hold a very special place in God’s creation. We are made in the image of God, the world was made for us, and we are to rule over and care for it. God created us to know Him and to enjoy Him forever. Unfortunately, we chose to disobey God and walked out of His perfect garden. As a result, sin entered the world, God broke the world, and we became subject to the power of death. The Bible is very much the story of a loving God chasing after a rebellious people. People are so valuable to God that He sent His Son Jesus to show us how to live and to die on our behalf. Because each of us rejects God, we bury ourselves in behaviors and habits that ruin our lives. We cannot save ourselves; we all need a deliverer.
Because everyone rejects God and His ways of living, everyone builds for herself hell on earth and hell after earth. Therefore, everyone needs to be saved from her disobedient choices, from the consequences of those choices, from the powers of darkness that fuel those choices, and from the eternal destination determined by those choices. Jesus came to save us from ourselves and the darkness we have chosen. The Bible teaches that the paycheck we get for disobeying and rejecting God is death in this life and the next. Jesus died to take that paycheck from our hands so that we can live forever with God, starting now. Romans 3:10-12, 21-25; 6:23.
The Bible says that when we trust what Jesus did for us to save us, we are given a divine and permanent pardon. Our sins, past, present, and future, receive a full pardon. We are declared right with God. There is no work for us to do; we simply trust the work Jesus has already done for us. We believe that the simplest way to trust Jesus to save us is to pray a prayer similar to this one: God, I disobey You. I don’t want to do that stuff anymore. Jesus, come into my life, be my boss, and save me. John 1:11-13; 5:24; Acts 3:19; Romans 10:9-10, 13; Ephesians 2:8-9.
Once a person becomes a Christ-follower, he begins the process of becoming like Jesus. Through Bible study, prayer, worship, training in spiritual disciplines at church, service, and trust in God to change us day by day, we become more and more like Jesus who is not just our savior from sin, death and hell, but our model for living. We are eternally secure. There was nothing we could do to earn our salvation; therefore, there is nothing we can do to lose it. John 3:16-18; 6:37-40, 44; 10:27-30; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 5:9; 7:25; 10:14; I John 5:12.
The New Testament teaches that believers will gather together in groups called churches. The majority of the New Testament is a collection of letters to various churches (at Rome, Ephesus, Corinth, etc.). Therefore, the church is a local group of baptized believers who are spiritually the Body of Christ to their community. The church is like a hospital where sin-sick people come to get well. It is like a martial arts training hall where believers come to train, to learn how to defeat the devil and the darkness in their hearts. The church is like a hall of firemen and firewomen who each week charge into a world that is on fire, build relationships with those who need Jesus, and try to bring them into the safety of a relationship with Jesus. We believe that the church as an organization should be organized for the people who are not there yet.
As a church, we are completely autonomous, which means that we follow the leadership of Jesus as the head of our church. We do not follow mandates handed down from some office in Nashville or Brentwood. Our church voluntarily joins with other churches to financially support the efforts of Southern Baptists to tell people about Jesus in Nashville through the Nashville Baptist Association, in Tennessee through the Tennessee Baptist Convention, in America through our Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board, and around the world through our Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that Jesus gave to the church the Lord’s Supper as a picture of His sacrificial death. The crackers and grape juice we use help us to visualize Jesus’ body which was broken and Jesus blood which was shed, all to make us right with His Father. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is an act of worship and of remembrance. We observe the Lord’s Supper once a quarter.
Baptism is a physical picture of the miracle that has already taken place in the life of a new Christ-follower. Once a person has invited Jesus into his life, he should be baptized. When he is lowered beneath the water, that pictures that he has died to his old way of life and the powers of darkness to which he was committed. When he is raised out of the water, that pictures the reality that he has received a new and eternal life from Jesus. Romans 6:1-7; Ephesians 2:1-9.
We believe baptism is not required for salvation, but it is required to be obedient. Though we welcome all to our church, we require members to be believers who have been biblically baptized.