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Welcome to Higher Ground


Higher Ground Church is a bible-believing church that rests on the sufficiency of Scripture under the leadership of Pastor Billie W. Dempsey. We are a loving community of believers with a "down-home" feel. If you are looking for a church where you can grow in your understanding of God's Word, service to His kingdom and Christian fellowship, this is the church for you. W...

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Safety Precautions and Protocol


Since reopening, we have received many questions as to how we will worship in a safe manner. Please see our protocol below and feel free to contact our office with any concerns or questions. In compliance with recommended and required California guidelines, the following plan has been put in place to safely resume worship. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. PL...

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We're on Social Media!

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Please check us out on our refreshed Facebook page (@HGCOakland), YouTube channel (Higher Ground Church Oakland), and Instragram (HigherGroundChurchOakland)!...

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Biblical Counseling

Isaiah 53

HGC is blessed to offer free Biblical counseling services with the Pastor or an ACBC certified counselor to anyone who is in need....

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Online Giving

Thank you for your faithful support of the ministry at Higher Ground Church! There are two ways to give online - Zelle and Givelify. Zelleis an easy way to send money directly between almost any U.S. bank accounts. Simply download the app or go to the Once you're set up, designate Higher Ground Church by the following:office@highergroundchurc...

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Regathering for Corporate Worship

It is with great enthusiasm that we are pleased to announce the reopening of our weekly worship services on Sunday, July 5th. The safety of our members and visitors is our priority and we have developed a plan that adheres to all county and state COVID-19 regulations. Our intent is to encourage corporate worship. However, we recognize that your attendance will be based o...

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The Gospel

What Is theGospel? by Burk Parsons Fundamentally, the gospel is news. It's good newsthe good news about what our triune God has graciously accomplished for His people: The Father's sending the Son, Jesus Christ, God incarnate, to live perfectly, fulfill the law, and die sacrificially, atoning for our sins, satisfying God's wrath against us that we might not face an...

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Evangelistic Petitions

Join us in praying for the following: Our personal witness to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers For a proper balance of contempt for this world and a love for God's kingdom. May the motivating force for our whole life, including evangelism, be our love for God. Guard us against the temptation to water down the gospel and make it more acceptable to maintain popular...

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How to Live for God’s Glory

"Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever." The Westminster Shorter Catechism How does a person glorify God? No question is more practical or more significant. The supreme purpose in life for any man or womanfor anyone who has ever been born into this worldis to glorify God. That is what living is all about. Glorifying God is the end result of the Chri...

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Returning to Corporate Worship

Greetings to my Higher Ground Church Family Visitors! Life has been turned upside down since we last held service on March 15, 2020. Our faith and commitment to Christ has been challenged as the world around us has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have made every effort to maintain the spiritual care of our members through the posting of weekly sermons, prayers, ar...

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