What We Believe

What We Believe

ETERNAL SALVATION | Salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. Once saved, we are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 12:31-32; John 1:12; 5:28-29; 6:36-40; 10:27-30; 11:25-26; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; I Pet. 1:18-19; I John 1:9; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Cor. 1:4-8; I Pet. 1:4, 5; Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13).

THE BIBLE | At HIBC we use the King James Bible and believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenarily inspired word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed and therefore, are the final authority for faith and life. We also believe the Scriptures, interpreted in their natural, literal sense, reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man's responsibilities in successive ages. These things are not ways of salvation but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Gen. 1:28; I Cor. 9:17; II Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25, 27; Rev. 20:2-6).

CHURCH ORDINANCES | The Scriptures teach there are only two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s supper. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Baptism shows our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation, and to the Lord's Supper, in which church members, by the sacred use of unleavened bread and grape juice, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-38; I Cor. 11:23-26).

THE TRINITY | We believe in a triune God, eternally existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 14:10, 26; II Cor.13:14).

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