Our Beliefs

Vision

That each person would be introduced to Jesus Christ in order to Know Him and Follow Him.
Colossians 1:28-29

Purpose

To cultivate a healthy Biblical Community where Jesus is known and lives are being transformed for the Glory of God.
Romans 12:4-5

Mission

Our Mission is to serve, encourage, and equip God’s people in His Word, fulfilling the Great Commission as we follow Him with surrendered hearts.
Ephesians 4:11-13

Doctrine

Hoffmantown accepts the Scriptures as its authority in matters of faith and practice and adopts and stands firm upon the following as its interpretation of Bible Doctrine.

I. Hoffmantown believes that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament (which consist of 66 books) are divinely inspired by God. Hoffmantown believes that the Scriptures in their original writings were without error. Accordingly, the Scriptures stand alone as Hoffmantown's source for doctrine and teaching. (Matthew 5:17,18; Proverbs 30:5,6; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Luke 1:1-3; 2 Samuel 23:2; John 10:35; Luke 16:17)

II. Hoffmantown believes there is one and only one, living and true God (“God”). God is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being. He is the Creator, the Redeemer, the Preserver, and the Ruler of the universe. God is holy and perfect. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever present. His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future. To Him, all people owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. God reveals Himself to people as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6,14,18,21-22; Mark 12:29-32; Psalms 90:1-2; Genesis 1:1; Revelation 1:8; John 1:1)

III. Hoffmantown believes that Jesus the Christ is God, The One and Only Begotten Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born to the virgin, Mary. (Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27)

IV. Hoffmantown believes in God, the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who is equal with God, the Father, and Jesus Christ, the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit indwells the Believer, and He empowers the preaching and teaching of the gospel. (John 14:16; Matthew 28:19; John 16:7-11; John 3:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:9,11; 2 Corinthians 1:21,22; Ephesians 3:16; John 16:13; Romans 8:4,14, 26-27; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16; John 15:26-27; Ephesians 5:15-21; Galatians 5:22-25)

V. Hoffmantown believes that mankind was created in the image of God. Every person is born with a sinful nature, therefore, each one has sinned. Thereby, every person incurs not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 5:1; 1 Corinthians 11:7; Romans 6:23; Romans 3:10; Romans 8:7; Galatians 3:22)

VI. Hoffmantown believes that Jesus Christ died as the propitiation for the sins of the world, according to the Scriptures (i.e. as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice that appeased the justice of God). (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17; I John 2:2; I John 4:10; Hebrews 9:22; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Hebrews 4:15-16; 1 John 3:5; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Romans 5:8)

VII. Hoffmantown believes that all, who believe in and receive by faith Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit, and thereby become children of God and heirs of eternal life. (“Believers”). All Believers are justified on the basis of Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. For this reason, after physical death, all Believers live eternally in God’s holy presence. In contrast, all who do not believe in and do not receive Jesus Christ by faith are not justified before God. (The “Lost”). Upon physical death, the Lost will live eternally separated from God, and after the White Throne Judgment, will be tormented in the Lake of Fire (Hell) as described in the Scriptures. (Romans 1:8-17; John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 3:11; Deuteronomy 25:1; Proverbs 17:15; Romans 3:23-26; Romans 4:5-8,25; Romans 5:1,18-21; Romans 8:33; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:14,17; Ephesians 2:9; Romans 3:20-22; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:1-7; Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 5:16; James 2:17-26)

VIII. Hoffmantown believes that Jesus Christ’s physical, crucified body was resurrected from the dead after three days; that after His resurrection and forty day ministry on earth, He ascended into Heaven; that He is presently acting as the High Priest, representing Believers before God; and that He is presently the advocate for Believers. We believe Jesus is the Name above every name, and that every knee will bow before Him, and every tongue will confess Him to be King of kings and Lord of lords. (Luke 24:23-40; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:12-23, 35-37)

IX. Hoffmantown believes that Jesus Christ will return to the earth in glorified form. (Acts 1:1-11; 1 Peter 3:22)

X. Hoffmantown believes in the bodily resurrection of all people, the Lost and the Believers; the everlasting conscious suffering of the Lost in the Lake of Fire; and the eternal fellowship of Believers in heaven. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 13:8; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:8,27; Matthew 25:31-46; Philippians 4:3)

XI. Hoffmantown believes in the existence of the devil, also known as Satan. Satan is a liar, seeking to deceive men and turn them from God. Satan, all his angelic hosts, and all the Lost; those who have not received Christ as their Lord and Savior, will be eternally separated from God and tormented in the Lake of Fire. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 20:10,14,15; Revelation 19:20)

XII. Hoffmantown believes that all Believers comprise the “Church.” The Church’s mission is to preach, teach, declare, and make known the Scriptures to all the world, through the formal proclamation of the Scriptures and through the Believer’s complete, transformed, and consistent lifestyle. (Ephesians 5:23-32; Colossians 1:18; Matthew 18:20; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 2:19; Colossians 3:15)

XIII. Hoffmantown believes that, within the local body of Believers (“Local Church”), God provides a team of Pastor(s), Elders, Deacons and other workers who are to guide and enable the congregation to develop spiritual maturity.

XIV. Hoffmantown believes each Believer is commanded by God to exercise care and consideration with regard to all the time, all the possessions, and all the wealth which God has entrusted to each Believer. (Matthew 20:8; Galatians 4:2; Luke 16:2,3; 1 Corinthians 4:1,2; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 9:17; Ephesians 3:2; Colossians 1:25)

XV. Hoffmantown believes in two ordinances of the Church, given by Jesus Christ: 1) Baptism and 2) the Lord’s Supper. Hoffmantown believes that baptism by immersion is commanded of all Believers as an act of obedience, signifying the death, burial, and resurrection “in Christ” of the Believer. Hoffmantown does not believe in baptismal regeneration, nor does it believe that baptism is necessary to be a Believer. Likewise, Hoffmantown believes that the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience by which Believers memorialize the death of Jesus Christ until He returns. (Romans 6:3,4; Acts 18:8; 1 Peter 3:21; Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:38-41; Acts 8:12,13,36,38; Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; John 3:23; Luke 3:21-22; Acts 8:35-39, Acts 16:30-33; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12; Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)