What we believe at HPCC about Jesus and the Bible
That the Bible is the infallible Word of God, and is the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
In the one true God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
That through the rebellion of Adam the human race is fallen from original righteousness, born with a nature inclined to evil, separated from God by sinful deeds and in need of divine salvation.
That sin includes both a condition of inward spiritual corruption and any act of willful transgression of the known will of God.
That salvation consists of two distinct works of God within the soul. The first called justification is conditioned upon repentance and faith, involves forgiveness of sins and the imparting of spiritual life, and results in the believer ceasing the practice of sin and beginning a new life of following Christ. The second called entire sanctification, is conditioned upon full surrender and faith, involves both the instantaneous cleansing of the Christian’s heart from the inherited inclination to sin and the infilling of the Holy Spirit, and results in a new power to love God with our whole heart and our neighbors as ourselves.
That the believer is secure in Christ as long as obedience and faith are maintained. It is possible to depart from grace and fall into sin, and if one remains in this state, to be finally lost.
However, by the grace of God and through repentance and faith, the backslider can be restored.
That the various gifts of the spirit are given to believers as God wills for the purpose of edifying the Church, and are in no sense proof of the Spirit’s fullness nor are they necessary for salvation. Specifically, regarding the claim of a “gift of tongues,” we believe that the use of the term “speaking in tongues; in Scripture has a reference to the use of know human languages for the purpose of communicating the Gospel. Therefore, we cannot accept the claim that speaking in unintelligible languages in public or private is a practice affirmed by Scripture.
That genuine Christian living consists of “walking as He walked.” We believe that good works themselves do not save us, but are necessary fruits of the new birth and therefore serve as evidence that we are converted just as a tree is discerned by its fruit.
That Christ instituted two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
That there is a resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous; a Day of Judgment in which all will give account for the deeds done in the body, and endless state of rewards for the righteous in heaven, and endless torment in hell for the unrighteous.
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