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Join us on Sundays at 11:00 AM at 12000 Campus Drive Oakland, CA 94619 
Phone: (510) 531-7100 
Email: office@easthillschurch.com

 
 

What We Believe


The Statement of Faith for

East Hills Community Church

Oakland, California

 

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).