All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). The wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead (Rom. 5:8; I Cor. 15:4). We can be brought into a right relationship with God that lasts for eternity by placing our faith and trust in the person and work of Christ. When we trust Christ for salvation we are delivered from sin’s penalty and enjoy God’s forgiveness, all by His unmerited favor (Eph. 1:7; 2:8.9; John 3:16,36; 20:31). Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
Statement Of Faith
1. The Bible
We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be the Word of God, to be verbally and completely inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original writings, and to be the only rule and authority for faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21)
2. The Trinity
We believe in the one true God who is eternally and equally existent in three persons: God the Father; God the Son; and God the Holy Spirit. (John 10:30; II Corinthians 13:14; I Peter 1:2)
3. God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death. (John 3:16; Ephesians 4:6; I Timothy 6:13-16)
4. Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension, and visible return to earth. (Matthew 1:20-21; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 2:5-6)
5. The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and regenerates, indwells, enlightens, comforts, and empowers the saved. (John 16:7-8, 13-15)
We believe the account of Genesis of a six, twenty-four hour, day creation, and that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution. (Genesis 1-2; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17)
We believe that man was created in the image of God. Through man’s sin, he was separated from God, becoming spiritually lost and needing to be born again. (Genesis 1:26-27; John 3:3; Romans 5:15)
We believe that salvation is by grace alone, by believing in and accepting Christ as personal Savior. Salvation is only through the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9)
9. Eternal Security
We believe that every true believer is assured of his eternal security in Christ Jesus and is kept by God the Father. (John 10:27-29; Philippians 1:6)
We believe that Satan is a real personal being and the accuser of the brethren. He is the unholy enemy of God through rebellion. This author of sin and tempter of wickedness is destined to be judged in the eternal lake of fire. (Isaiah 14:12-15; John 8:44; Revelation 20:10)
We believe that the church of Jesus Christ is composed of all born-again believers. As believers, we are called to live lives pleasing to the Lord and to abstain from practices which grieve Him. The local church has the absolute right of self-government in administering all matters pertaining to the congregation.
12. The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God bestows various gifts on all believers for the work of the ministry and that the gifts mentioned in Romans 12:6-8 and in Ephesians 4:11 are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today. We reject the undue emphasis on speaking in tongues and healing as taught by many groups today, believing that all things should be done for edification (I Corinthians 14:26) and that God is not a God of confusion (I Corinthians 14:33). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith for the sick and afflicted, according to his own will, and that James 5:14-16 gives a pattern for prayer in regards to the sick.
13. Future Events
We believe in the personal, pre-millennial, and imminent return of the Lord to rapture the believers prior to the Great Tribulation. After the Great Tribulation, our Lord Jesus Christ will return in person with His church and introduce the millennial age. There will be eternal punishment for the unsaved and eternal joy in the presence of the Lord for the saved. (Matthew 25:46; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 19:11; 20:3)
We believe that, even in the effort of evangelism, we should not be yoked together with theological liberals and other groups that do not, in words or in fact, share our doctrinal position based upon God’s Word. (II Corinthians 6:14-17; Ephesians 5:11; I Timothy 6:3-5; I John 4:1-6; Revelation 2:1-8) We reject the ecumenical movement, which seeks the organizational unity of all Christianity and ultimately of all religions. It is out of harmony with the Word of God and the official doctrine and position of Hunters Creek Community Church.
15. Gender, Sexuality, and Marriage
We believe that God intentionally and immutably creates each person in His image as either male or female. These two distinct and complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. We believe that God’s plan and design for human sexuality is that all forms of sexual intimacy, expression and activity are to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and the use of pornography) is sinful. We believe that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18-25; 19:1-29; Matthew 15:18-20; 19:1-11; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians 6:9-10, 18-20; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4)
16. Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of immeasurable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; Exodus 4:11; 20:13; 21:22-25; Psalm 51:5; 82:2-4; 127:3; 139:13-17; Proverbs 24:11-12; Isaiah 44:24; 45:9-11; Jeremiah 1:4-5; Matthew 6:26; Luke 1:41-44)