Vision and Beliefs
Statement of Faith:
Below are the highlights from the statement of faith adhered to by Hunters Ridge Community Church and the North American Baptist Conference. If you would like a more complete form of our statement of faith please contact the church office.
1. The Bible
We believe the Bible is God’s Word given by divine inspiration, the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity. It is trustworthy, sufficient, without error in the original writings-the supreme authority and guide for all doctrine and conduct (1 Peter 1:23-25, John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
2. The Trinity
We believe in one living, sovereign, and true God, perfect in wisdom, holiness, justice, mercy, and love (1 Timothy 1:17; Psalm 865; Deuteronomy 32:3-4). He exists eternally in three co-equal persons who act together in creation, providence and redemption (Genesis1:2, 26; 1 Peter 1:2; Hebrews 1:1-3).
We believe the holy angels are obedient spirits ministering to the heirs of salvation and glorifying God (Hebrews 1: 6-7. 14). Certain angels, called demons, Satan being their chief, through deliberate choice revolted and fell from their exalted position (Revelation 12: 7-9). They now tempt individuals to rebel against God (1Timothy 4:1; 1 Peter 5:8).
We believe God created man in His own image to have fellowship with Himself and to be stewards over His creation (Genesis 1: 26-28). As a result, each person is unique, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect (Psalm 139: 13-18). Through the temptation of Satan, Adam chose to disobey God; this brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation (Genesis 3; Romans 5: 12-21, 8:22). Therefore, everyone is born with a sinful nature and needs to be reconciled to God (Romans 3:23).
We believe salvation is redemption by Christ of the whole person from sin and death (2 Timothy 1: 8-10; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). It is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2: 3-4; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Acts 20:21).
6. The Church
We believe the Church is the body of which Christ is the head and all who believe in Him are members (Ephesians 1: 22-23; Romans 14: 4-5). Each church is a self - governing body under the lordship of Christ with all members sharing responsibility. The form of government is understood to be congregational (Matthew 18:17; Acts 6: 3-6; 15:22-23).
7. The Ordinances of the Church
The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 18-20). The Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and of the cup by believers together as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. It is an act of thankful dedication to Him and serves to unite His people until He returns (1 Corinthians 11:26).
8. The State
We believe religious liberty, rooted in Scripture, is the inalienable right of all individuals to freedom of conscience is the ultimate accountability to God (Genesis 1:27; Acts 5:29).
We believe Christians, individually and collectively, are salt and light in society (Matthew 5: 13-16).
9. Christ’s Return
We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and the new earth (Ephesians 1: 9-10; Revelation 21:1).