The gospel is called the “good news.”

The gospel is that God himself has come to rescue and restore creation in and through the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. We do not have to work to earn relationship from God. Jesus earned it for us and we are called to rest in his work. This is the difference between the Gospel and Religion. Religion says work, Jesus says rest.

We talk a great deal about the Gospel as a story and sum it up like this:

Creation – We have been created to bear the image of God and to delight in relationship with him

Fall – Sin entered the world and infected everything, including our relationship with God

Redemption – God promised a rescuer to reverse the curse of sin, and everything is scripture is systematically put together to point us to that rescuer-- Jesus.

Restoration – Even though the curse is reversed, sin still exists in the world; however, Jesus has promised that he will return to restore everything back to perfection.

In this case, the good news is that God sent his Son to redeem the world from the effects of sin and create a new humanity. Eventually the whole world will be renewed and restored to the way God originally created it. Rebellion, death, decay, injustice, and suffering will all be removed. When everything is restored, God will be seen by all for who he truly is and He will be glorified. (Ephesians 2:10,14-22; 2 Corinthians 5:15-21; Revelation 21)

How does this happen? Jesus helped clarify how we accomplish the purpose of the gospel by giving us his mission: “Go and make disciples.” (Matthew 28:19). As the arts, industry, politics, families, and other areas of culture are being filled with Jesus’ disciples bringing about his gospel restoration, the earth is being filled with his glory! The gospel is not just about my individual happiness or God’s plan for my life; it is about God’s plan for the world.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

Good News!

When we repent (change the way we think) of our sin and receive the new life that Jesus has offered us, we begin a journey of restoration inside and out. And not just for us-- but for the entire world! This does not mean that we have it all figured out. It means that we are willing to learn together exactly how Jesus has set us free.

Sundays | 10:00a

1 Town Center Drive, Maryville, IL 62062

We currently meet at the Collinsville - Maryville - Troy YMCA.

Feel free to come early and hang out before the gathering. Our gathering or otherwise known as "service", is where our church body comes together to celebrate the finished work of Jesus Christ! Our gathering is a weekly occasion.

What to Expect:

You can expect to be welcomed as you come through the doors of our gathering. You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and expresses who you are. Our gathering last 1hr and 30 minutes. We begin our gatherings each week with a Call to Worship and begin by singing songs together. You will then hear a sermon that is derived from scripture as our teaching team will teach and preach the word of God. We typically have the opportunity to go out to eat somewhere in the city of Collinsville after the gathering. All are welcome to come!

How about the kids?

You are welcome to keep your kids with you or let them learn with and get to know our other Heights kids. We have a very secure and safe environment for your children. Find out more about Heights Kids here. You may want to come early and get them checked in before the gathering. We have a very safe check-in process we will walk you through when you arrive.

On Sunday Mornings, the Heights Church family in and around the Metro-East gathers together to celebrate the finished work of Jesus. These gatherings are made up of several people who believe in Jesus as well as many people who do not believe in Jesus. We believe this gathering exists for us to gather together and celebrate the work Jesus is doing within our Missional Communities throughout our community.

During this time together our aim is to give you a more clear understanding of who Jesus is. We do this through a variety of ways: liturgy, prayer, sacraments of baptism and communion, and preaching the gospel.

For us, Missional Community, is the primary way we live out our Identity as the church in the everyday Rhythms of life. At our Sunday Night gatherings we celebrate, share stories, and are encouraged to keep being who we are in Jesus.