Why I love Eagan Hills Church
Fall kick-off is approaching rapidly and behind it is a new ministry year. As I have been prepping and planning for this year I have been constantly reminded of why I love Eagan Hills Church and why it is my family’s church home. Over the coming weeks several staff members would like to highlight several qualities of Eagan Hills that make it special.
Part 1: Triune God Centered, Gospel Focused
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” – Mark 7:24-27
About three and a half years ago I met with Pastor Bruce to talk about doing an internship at Eagan Hills Church. I was finishing up my junior year at Crown College at the time and was excited to find a church that was doing something amazing and learn everything I could. Eagan Hills has a reputation of being a dynamic church that preaches the Gospel boldly.
I was a bit anxious for our meeting, which was only made a worse when I saw that Pastor Bruce was wearing clericals (I did not know his reasoning at the time, which you can read about here). After chatting very briefly, Bruce began the more formal part of our interview with a very direct and blunt question: “What is the Gospel?”
We then began to talk about Jesus Christ, who is God, and came in human flesh for the specific purpose of being a sacrifice for us by dying on a cross. Christ defeated death by rising on the third day, and is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven. If we respond in faith and repent of our sin, we will be saved. This is the Gospel and it is good news.
After talking about it a bit, and both of us thanking God for Jesus and salvation, Bruce explained that it’s important for everyone at Eagan Hills Church to know the Gospel and be able to talk about it. This just made me want to work at Eagan Hills Church even more. Thankfully, I did get the internship and started a part time job at Eagan Hills in August of 2014 which turned into a full-time role in the summer of 2015.
This conversation with Pastor Bruce has stuck with me over the past three years, mostly because it has proven itself true. Eagan Hills Church is focused on the Gospel and centered around our Triune God. Every prayer and every sermon mentions explicitly each person of the Trinity. This is a beautiful thing! How wonderful is it that our church family doesn’t neglect the Holy Spirit but longs for His power and presence? How amazing is it that we are constantly reminded of the Lordship of Jesus Christ? How powerful is it that we corporately bring our prayers to the Father?
I love that we are explicitly-focused on God as Eagan Hills Church. The songs we sing show this. We constantly reminded ourselves to lift our eyes up to God instead of being so focused on ourselves. I have heard countless prayers and petitions end with, “but not our will, but yours Lord.” I love that we are centered on God and we submit to His will.
I am always grateful when I hear the Gospel spoken. The power of the Gospel isn’t contained to a specific moment, but instead it continues to shape us for our whole lives. We can never tire of it. Eagan Hills isn’t tired of it. I cannot recall a service where the Gospel is not presented either in the songs we sing, the scripture we read, the prayers we pray, or the sermon that is preached.
I love Eagan Hills Church for many reasons, but perhaps this is the greatest: Eagan Hills Church is more centered on God than it is itself; Eagan Hills Church is more focused on the Gospel than it is any wise or persuasive words that could be spoken. By our focusing on these things, I believe we are grounded. While fads come and go, and people live and die, Eagan Hills Church stands on the Gospel. By doing so, we can rest assured that we can withstand the floods and winds of life. So, as we head quickly into Fall, we can rest assured that Eagan Hills Church will center itself around God, and will continue to focus on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
About the Author
Pastor of Student Ministry
Jimmy, a graduate from Crown College with a degree in Pastoral Leadership, has been with EHC since 2014. His passion in ministry is to produce disciples that will spread the hope of Jesus to Eagan and around the world.