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Statement Of Faith | hillcrestbapchurch.org

Statement Of Faith

Hillcrest Baptist Church’s

Statement Of Faith

The Bible

We believe in the Verbal Plenary inspiration of the Bible. Verbal, meaning that all sixty six books were given by God, Plenary meaning they were given in full by God, and Inspiration, meaning it was God breathed and is separate of any thoughts from the writers.  We believe the Bible is the only written revelation to man (Revelation 22:18Revelation 22:18
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18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  

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) and is the Christian’s guide in faith and practice.  We further believe the Word of God is preserved in Heaven forever.

Salvation

We believe Salvation is by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. We further believe that it was the death and the shed blood of Christ that a perfect atonement for all sin was made (Hebrews 9:22Hebrews 9:22
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22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.  

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, Acts 20:21Acts 20:21
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21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.  

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, 1 Timothy 4:101 Timothy 4:10
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10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.  

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). We reject that salvation is by works (Ephesians 2:8,9Ephesians 2:8,9
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8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  

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). We believe a person has free will and must choose to either accept Christ as Saviour or reject Him.

The Trinity

We believe that there is one God existing eternally in three persons: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:142 Corinthians 13:14
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14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.  

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), and is the creator of all things (Genesis 1:1Genesis 1:1
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The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis 1 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  

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The Father:  is Omnipresent meaning everywhere all the time, Omniscience, meaning He knows everything, things actually and possible effortlessly and equally well, and Omnipotence, meaning God is all powerful and able to do anything consistent with His own Nature.  We believe God is a Spirit and His residing place is in Heaven.

The Son:  We believe Jesus Christ in the flesh was both man and God (John 10:33John 10:33
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33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.  

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); born of a virgin (Luke 1:34-35Luke 1:34-35
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34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.  

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) and lived a sinless life, sacrificed himself on the cross at Calvary, was buried, and on the third day was raised from the dead bodily (Luke 24:31, 36, 39Luke 24:31, 36, 39
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31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. vanished...: or, ceased to be seen of them 36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.  

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) and ascended back to His Father (Acts 1:11Acts 1:11
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11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.  

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). We believe Christ will come again personally and will establish His kingdom on earth (Revelation 19:11-16Revelation 19:11-16
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11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.  

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The Holy Spirit of God resides in every believer and convicts of sin (John 16:8John 16:8
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8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: reprove: or, convince  

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) and makes believer’s children of God through the new birth (John 3:5,6John 3:5,6
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5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  

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) Further, we believe the Holy Spirit illuminates Gods Word so that men are able to understand the truth of God’s Word, and seals men unto the day of redemption.

The Two Ordinances

We believe there only two ordinances:

Baptism is a scriptural ordinance requiring complete immersion (Acts 8:38, 39Acts 8:38, 39
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38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.  

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) of believer’s only ( Acts 2:41Acts 2:41
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41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.  

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) and is done in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19Matthew 28:19
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19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teach...: or, make disciples, or, Christians of all nations  

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) We believe Baptism has no part in salvation, but the first step of obedience as a child of God.

The Lords Supper is a scriptural ordinance of the church to be partaken of by people that are born again (1 Corinthians 11:23-341 Corinthians 11:23-34
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23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. in...: or, for a remembrance 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. ye do...: or, shew ye 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. damnation: or, judgment 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. 33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. 34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come. condemnation: or, judgment  

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). Further, it is done in remembrance of the sacrifice of Our Lord and Saviour. The Broken Body, the Shed Blood (Luke 22:19-20Luke 22:19-20
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19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.  

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Creation of Man

We believe that man was created by a direct act of God (Genesis 1:27Genesis 1:27
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27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  

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, Isa 43:7Isa 43:7
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7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.  

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) and is eternal with a soul. And that all men are by nature sinful and lost and must be regenerated by the Holy Spirit (Romans 3:19Romans 3:19
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19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. guilty...: or, subject to the judgment of God  

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) We reject any form of evolution. We further believe that man is born with a sinful nature and because of that sinful nature is an enemy of God.

Resurrection

We believe everyone will be resurrected (bodily) both the saved and unsaved.  The saved will be resurrected unto life and the unsaved will be resurrected unto damnation (John 5:28, 29John 5:28, 29
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28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.  

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Separation

We believe the Holiness of God is the foundation for all separation whether personal or Ecclesiastical (1 Thessalonians 4:71 Thessalonians 4:7
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7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.  

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). We believe we should be separate from the world’s desires and practice for we are to be used for God’s service.  We further believe that the local church must be separate, independent. We believe that the local church governs itself and is comprised of those which have accepted Christ as Saviour. We believe the local church should not belong nor be governed by any organization.

Satan

We believe Satan, is a created being, real and powerful and tempts man for the purpose of drawing him away from God, or keep him from God.  We believe Satan fell when he tried to overthrow God and was cast out of Heaven along with other angels that followed in his rebellion and follow him still today (Ezekiel 28:13-15Ezekiel 28:13-15
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13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. sardius: or, ruby beryl: or, chrysolite emerald: or, chrysoprase 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.  

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; Revelation 12). We believe he is the accuser of the brethren and will one day be cast into eternal damnation for his rebellion.

Hell

We believe Hell is a real literal place created by God for the fallen angels and where the unsaved dead are for the purpose of eternal, conscious punishment from God (Luke 16:23-25Luke 16:23-25
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23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.  

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, Revelation 20:12-13Revelation 20:12-13
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12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. hell: or, the grave  

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Last Things

Rapture of the Church- We believe the rapture of the church will consist of those that are saved during the church age or the Body of Christ.  The church is called up and proceeds to the marriage supper of the Lamb where it will then be judged based on their works for the Lord (I Thessalonians 4:16,17) this will take place before the period of tribulation.

The Period of Tribulation is a seven-year period that immediately precedes the return of Christ and the establishment of His millennial kingdom, which lasts for 1,000 years. The first 3 ½ years of the tribulation will be a time of peace and cooperation, and the second 3 ½ years of the tribulation will be a time of war and catastrophe. Israel will be restored as God’s people at this time (Daniel 9:27Daniel 9:27
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27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. the covenant: or, a covenant for the...: or, with the abominable armies the desolate: or, the desolator  

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). God’s wrath is poured out upon the earth at this time.

Resurrection of Old Testament Saints and tribulation saints will occur after the period of tribulation which precedes the Millennial Kingdom Reign (Daniel 12:2Daniel 12:2
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2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  

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; Revelation 20:4Revelation 20:4
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4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  

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The Millennial Kingdom reign is when Christ will return and set up his Kingdom on the earth and rule for a thousand years.  This will take place after the tribulation period (Revelation 20:1-6Revelation 20:1-6
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20 1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  

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). Satan will be bound in chains at this time (Revelation 20:1-3Revelation 20:1-3
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20 1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.  

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). The Bride of Christ will return and rule with Him.  Peace and Harmony will exist.

After the Hundred Year reign Satan will be loosed for a season and then be cast along with the wicked dead, into eternal damnation forever separated from God (Revelation 20:10Revelation 20:10
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10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.  

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The saved will then spend all eternity with Christ (Revelation 21:1-7Revelation 21:1-7
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21 1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. all things: or, these things  

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