what we believe

About God the Father

We believe in God the Father, one of three members of the Holy Trinity, to be infinite in all his perfections, and thus truly omniscient, omnipotent, timeless, and self-existent. He is the creator, sustainer, and ruler of the universe and all created things. The Father is both set apart from us as well as committed to us and present with us. He is not an earthly person, yet He is very personal and seeks to be in fellowship with His creation.  

(Genesis 1-3, Exodus 3:5-6, Exodus 20:1-11, Isaiah 6:1-8, Matthew 6:9-15)


About Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God, one of three members of the Holy Trinity, and is truly God and truly man, in perfect, undiluted, and unconfused union throughout His incarnation and now eternally. We believe His entire historical existence to be significant and essential – including His conception, birth, life of love and service, miracles and teachings, relationships, betrayals, disappointments, sufferings, death, and resurrection. We also believe that Christ’s death on the cross is a substitute for sinners, as a sacrifice for sin, and as an appeasement of the wrath of God toward sinners. We believe the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ are essential to the Gospel. We further believe that Jesus Christ is Lord over His Church, and that Christ will reign over the entire universe in fulfillment of the Father’s gracious purpose. We believe that Christ shall come again and all who believe will be made complete in Him.

(Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 1:15-20)


About the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, one of three members of the Holy Trinity, is the comforter, counselor, advocate, and presence/indwelling of God within the hearts of the Church (believers). He is also the one who equips and empowers the believer to live a life of discipleship in this world. He is the giver of gifts to the believer in order that the Body of Christ might be edified. In addition to the work done in the life of the believer, the Holy Spirit is given the responsibility for prompting conviction in the hearts of those who do not yet believe. In all of His actions, the Holy Spirit seeks to testify and remind us of the life and work and resurrection of Jesus.

(John 3:5-8, John 14:15-20, Romans 8:1-17)


About the Trinity

We believe that the Doctrine of the Trinity is a Christian essential, bearing witness to the reality of the one true God in three divine, distinct persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, each of the same substance and perfections.  The Trinity is the fullness of God’s being distinctly made up in these three persons in community together, yet having distinct roles and submission to one another.

(Mark 1:9-11, Matthew 28:16-20, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 13:13)


About the Bible

We believe that the sole authority for the Church (followers of Jesus) is the Bible; verbally inspired, inerrant, infallible, and completely sufficient and trustworthy. The Bible is God’s most complete and comprehensive revelation of Himself to humanity. We believe the Bible, in its original autograph, to be the perfect word of God. Every word of the Bible is God-breathed and is therefore inerrant in truth and meaning, making it completely useful for teaching, training, rebuking, and instructing in righteousness. Because of the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures, the Bible serves as our final authority for every doctrine and practice.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17)


About Salvation

Salvation is the beginning point and continual process of our eternal life relationship with God; by His grace, in spite of our sin. Salvation is available to anyone who, by grace, shall believe in their hearts and confess with their mouth that Jesus is our Lord, who lived a life among us, gave His life on a cross as an atoning sacrifice for our sins and then arose from the dead securing the victory over sin and death for all who believe. Jesus is the only way, truth, and life and no one comes to the Father except through Him.

(1 John 3:1-3, Romans 10:9 Philippians 1:6 and 2:12-13, John 1:10-13 and 3:16, John 14:6)


About Humanity

People are created in the image of God, but choose to be sinful in subject to their sinful nature. Thus, all humans are fallen, but God chose to give Jesus’s life as a sacrifice for all. Because of that sacrifice, we can receive His redemption and be restored to right standing with God. That restoration is brought to completion when we see Christ face to face in glory.

(Genesis 1:27, Genesis 3, Psalm 139, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23 )


   



(beliefs/statements derived from Hillvue Heights Church - Bowling Green, KY, Hope Community Church - Frankfort, KY, and Together for the Gospel Affirmations and Denials 2014)