OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. –
Hebrews 10:23

Harbor Hill Church exists under the authority and divine Lordship of Jesus Christ based
upon God’s revelation to us in the Scriptures. We also hold to helpful expositions of the
Word that have been proclaimed throughout the history of the church (such as the
Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed). Below are brief statements of those key biblical
doctrines of which all members at Harbor Hill Church must affirm. These doctrines will
guide our thoughts and direction as a church, and therefore at no time will anything be
taught in contradiction to them.

I. The Scriptures
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (consisting of 66 books) were given by the
inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving
knowledge, faith and obedience. (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter
1:19-21)
II. God
There is one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all
perfections. He eternally exists as three distinct persons—God the Father, God the Son, and
God the Holy Spirit; each is fully God and equally possesses all the perfections of deity
while executing their distinct and harmonious roles in the great work of redemption.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-5; 32:39; Isaiah 45:5-6, 22; Romans 3:29; Psalm 86:8; Genesis 1:26;
Exodus 1:26; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:1-2; Romans 14:17-18; 16:25-27)
III. Providence
God decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and
governs all creatures and all events. In doing so, He neither authors nor approves of sin,
nor destroys the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures. (Hebrews 1:3; Matthew
10:31-33; Proverbs 16:33)

IV. Election
Election is God’s choice before the foundation of the world of some people unto everlasting
life, divine calling, justification, and glorification-not because of foreseen merit in them, but
because of His mere mercy in Christ. (Romans 8:30; Ephesians 1:3-6; Acts 13:48)
V. The Fall of Man
God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin. But, through the
temptation of Satan, he [man] transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original
holiness and righteousness. Man retains the image of God but inherits a nature corrupt
and wholly opposed to God and His law, and is under condemnation, rightfully deserving
God’s wrath. (Genesis 1:27, 3:4-7; Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3)
VI. The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between
God and man, fully God and fully man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet
without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, and suffered and died upon a cross for the
salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose to life again on the third day. He ascended to
His Father, at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people. He is the
only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the universe.
(Matthew 3:17; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; 1 Timothy 2:5; Romans 5:6-11; Philippians 2:5-11;
Hebrews 1:3)
VII. Regeneration
Regeneration is a change of heart-wrought by the Holy Spirit. He gives life to those who are
dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds in a way that enables them to come
to saving faith and to understand the Word of God. He renews their whole nature, so that
they love and practice holiness. Regeneration is a work of God’s free and special grace
alone. (John 3:1-8; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3)

VIII. Repentance
Repentance occurs where a person, by the Holy Spirit is made sensitive to the manifold evil
of his sin, is humbled with godly sorrow, remorse and detestation of sin, and purposes to
walk before God so as to please Him in all things. (Mark 1:15; Acts 20:21; 2 Corinthians 7:9)
IX. Faith
Saving faith is faith that rests upon Christ alone for justification and eternal life. It is
wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and
leads to a life of holiness. (John 1:12, 5:24; Ephesians 2:8-9)
X. Justification
Justification is God’s gracious and full declaration of righteousness for sinners who believe
in Christ, through the satisfaction that Christ has made. Sinners are justified not because of
anything they do, but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving
and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.
(Rom. 3:23-24; Rom. 5:1-2; 18, 19; 2 Cor. 5:21)
XI. Sanctification
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God’s Word and His Spirit dwelling
in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of divine strength, as
believers press after a heavenly life in heartfelt obedience to all Christ’s commands.
(Jn. 17:17; 2 Thes. 2:13; Heb. 12:14)
XII. Perseverance of the Saints
Those who have been redeemed and adopted into God’s divine family, are permanently
kept by the power of the Holy Spirit and secured in Christ as sons and daughters of the
Father. Though they may temporarily give in to sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair
their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on God’s name, and temporal judgments on
themselves, they will be restored again unto repentance, and kept by the power of God
through faith unto salvation. (Jn. 10:28-29; 1 Jn. 2:19; Rom. 8:30)

XIII. The Church
The Lord Jesus is the head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in
Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment,
Christians are to gather together into local churches; and to each of these churches He has
given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He has
appointed. The regular officers of a Church are elders, and deacons. (Col. 1:18; Mt. 16:18;
18:15-18; Eph. 2:11-22; 1 Tim. 3:1-15; 1 Pet. 5:1-4; Titus 1)
XIV. Baptism
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer upon their
profession of faith, wherein they are immersed in water in the name of the Father, and the
Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of their fellowship with the death and resurrection of
Christ, of remission of sins, and of giving themselves up to God, to live and walk in newness
of life. (Mt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6:3-5; Acts 8:38-39)
XV. The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of
bread and the fruit of the vine, and to be observed by His church till the end of the world. It
is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith
and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion
with Him, and of their mutual fellowship. (Mt. 26:26-27; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-26)
XVI. Eternal State

The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God-
the righteous in Christ to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the

day of judgment. At that last day, Christ will descend from heaven, raise the bodies of all
the dead, both just and unjust. (1 Cor 15; Jn. 5:28, 29; Phil. 3:21). God will judge the world by
Jesus Christ, when every person shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go
into everlasting punishment; the righteous in Christ, into everlasting life. (Mt. 25:31-46; 1
Cor. 15:35-58; 2 Cor. 5:10)

XVII. Family
We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of society.
Families are composed of people related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
God Himself has established marriage as the uniting of one man and one woman in an
exclusive covenant commitment for a lifetime. Husband and wife are both made in God’s
image and have equal value before God; while at the same time possessing distinct but
complementary roles in the marriage.
We believe that God has established marriage as His intended channel for human sexual
expression and procreation, and that God calls all unmarried people to celibacy and to
devotion to Himself. The Bible teaches that departures from God’s design for human
sexuality, including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, and other forms of sexual
immorality as defined by Scripture, are sinful. God offers forgiveness and restoration for sin
through His Son Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-25, 3:1-20; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28;
Psalms 51:5, 78:1-8, Proverbs 1:8, 5:15-20, 14:1, 17:6, John 8:2-11; Romans 1:18-32; 1
Corinthians 6:9-11, 7:1-40; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21;