The Statement of Faith for
East Hills Community Church
1. We believe the Bible is the plenary and verbally inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; that it is inerrant (Galatians 1:11,12); infallible (Psalm 111:7) and that it is authoritative in all matters of faith and practice (Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12)
2. We believe that God is one, a unity in essence and purpose (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29) eternally existent as a Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, co-equal in attributes, differing in office (Genesis1:26; 3:22; Matthew. 28:19; John 14:16).
3. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-17; Isaiah 9:6,7), eternal in existence (John. 1:1; 8:58; 17:5; Hebrews 13:8) equal in essence (John 5:26; 10:30; 17:3; Colossians 1:19); one in substance (John 1:8; 14:9.) We believe in His incarnation (John. 1:14; Luke 1:35; 2:52); His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; 9:7, Micah 5:2; Luke 1:34L; His sinless life (John. 1:29; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22); His substitutionary death (Psalm 22:1-18; Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 2:24); His burial and bodily resurrection (Psalm 22:1-18; Matthew 27:57-61; John 20:1-10); His ascension (Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:9-11); His personal and visible return (1 Thessalonians. 4:16-17; Titus 2:13).
4. We believe that the Holy Spirit is eternal and co-equal with the Father and with the Son (Genesis 1:2). He is called God (Acts 5:3-5); He has the attributes of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-11); He performs the works of God (Luke 12:11-12; 2 Peter 1:21); He convinces the world of sin, of righteousness, or judgment (John 16:8-9); He is the agent of regeneration (John 3:5; Titus 3:5); He baptizes the believer into the body of Christ at the moment of regeneration (1 Corinthians 12:12); He guides (John 14:26); He intercedes on behalf of men (Romans 8:26; He indwells the believer (Acts 11:15-17); He appoints men to service (Acts 13:2); He fills them for service (Ephesians 5:18).
5. We believe that all men are by nature and by choice sinners and separated from God (Romans 3:23; Rom. 5:12); that whosoever believes in Jesus Christ will not perish (John 3:16; Romans 8:1); that whosoever does not believe in Him is condemned already (John 3:18); that men are justified solely by faith in the shed blood of Christ (Acts 13:38-39).
6. We believe in the eternal security of the believer (John 10:28-29).
7. We believe that having received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, the believer has been freed from the penalty of sin (Romans 5:1); from the power of sin (Romans 6:14); and is to be conformed to the image of the Son (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2); The believer is to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4); not according to the flesh (Romans 8:4); to walk in good works (Ephesians 2:10); and to have fullness of life in Christ (Colossians 2:9-10).
8. We believe in the church – a living, spiritual body of which Jesus Christ is the Head (Ephesians 5:23) and of which all regenerated people are members (Acts 2:41-47). We believe that a visible church s a company of believers of Jesus Christ, buried with Him in baptism, and associated for worship, work and fellowship (Acts 2:41-47).
9. We believe that there are two ordinances according to the teaching of the Scriptures, Baptism and the Lord’s Table. Both ordinances were instituted by the Lord during his earthly ministry (Mark. 9-11; Luke 22:19-20). We believe that baptism should be administered only to those who have confessed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior; and the New Testament accounts of baptism indicate immersion as the mode (Acts 2:41; Romans 6:3-5). Being baptized is a public confession of one’s faith in submission to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe the Lord’s Table is a memorial and that it demonstrates Christ’s death for our sins, (1 Corinthians 11:26); that those who partake must be born again believers who have confessed their sins to the Lord (1 Corinthians 11:27-32); and that the emblems used are symbolic of the broken body of Christ and His atoning blood (Matthew 26:26-29).
10. We believe that each individual believer is a priest who has the privilege of direct access to God and has responsibilities (1 Peter 2:5-9; Hebrews 13:15,16) and privileges (John 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians 2:13-16).
11. We believe that our church is independent and autonomous, and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation or patronage of the other (Romans 13:1-7; Acts 5:29; Matthew 22:15-22).
12. We believe that Satan is a created being (Colossians 1:16,17; Ezekiel 28:12-19); that he has access to the presence of God (Job 1:6); that he accuses believers in Christ before the throne of God (Job 1:11, 2:4,5; Revelation 12:10); that he is called a murderer and a liar by Christ (John 8:44); that judgment has been pronounced against him (John 12:31; 16:11; Colossians 12:15); and that Hell is his destiny (Revelation 20:10).
13. We believe that the Great Commission, recorded in Matthew 28:19-20 is for each believer and is in effect until Christ returns (Acts 1:8).