Our Beliefs

The following information is taken from the Articles and Bylaws of Hoffmantown Church. If you have further questions, please feel free to call the church at 828-2600.

Affiliation

Hoffmantown voluntarily chooses to continue its affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention. This affiliation is maintained by voluntary contributions to doctrinally approved missions on local, state, national, and foreign levels. This affiliation is also supported by sending messengers to the annual convention for voting the doctrinal, ethical, and procedural positions of the members. By this affiliation, we assume the responsibility that our stewardship is to support only doctrinally, morally, and ethically sound ministries within the convention and outside the convention. (2 John 10-11)

Purpose

The purpose of Hoffmantown is to glorify God. Hoffmantown will engage in the following activities for that purpose: 1) the public worship of God, 2) the preaching and teaching of the Bible, 3) evangelism, 4) missionary endeavors, 5) Christian education, and 6) teaching and equipping members to live a faithful Christian li festyle. (Hebrews 10:23-25; Colossians 1:9-10; Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:9-12; Matthew 28:18-20; Colossians 3:16)

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 (the “Scriptures”) are divinely and verbally inspired by God. Hoffmantown believes that the Scriptures in their original writings were without error, and were incapable of error, and never wrong. 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; 2 Peter 1:20,21, Luke 1:1-3; 2 Samuel 23:2; John 10:35; Luke 16:17; 2 Timothy 3:16,17)

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 1:13; 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. Each is born with a sinful nature, Spirit. Therefore, each has sinned. Thereby, each has incurred 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 for the sins of the world, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. (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; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 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 be tormented in the Lake of Fire, as described in the Scriptures. (Romans 1:8-17; John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; Galatians 2:16; 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 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. (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 host, 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 Christian’s complete, transformed, and consistent lifestyle. (Ephesians 5:23-32; Colossians 1:18; Matthew 18:20; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 2:19; 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 concern with regard to all the time, all the possessions, and all the wealth which God has entrusted to him. (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)

Terms Explained

I. INSPIRATION We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are divinely and verbally inspired by God and inerrant and infallible in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority. (Matthew 5:17,18; Proverbs 30:5,6; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Luke 1:1-3; 2 Samuel 23:2; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; Isaiah 40:8; John 10:35; Luke 16:17)

II. TRINITY We believe in one God eternally existing in one essence, yet three co-equal persons, the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (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; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6; Revelation 1:4-6; John 12:26; John 15:26; John 16:15; 1 Peter 1:2; Acts 2:32-36; I Corinthians 12:3-6, II Corinthians 13:14; John 6:27; Romans 1:7; John 1:1-3; John 20:28; Hebrews 1:8; Philippians 2:6; Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:4,9)

III. INCARNATION We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born to the virgin, Mary. (John 1:1-14; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27)
IV. HOLY SPIRIT We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, Who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the life of the Believer, and He empowers the preaching and teaching of the gospel. (John 14:16; Matthew 28:19; John 15:26-27; Ephesians 5:15-21; Galatians 5:22-25; 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 1:13; Ephesians 3:16; John 16:13; Romans 8:4, 14,26-27; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16; John 15:26-27)

V. MANKIND We believe that mankind was created in the image of God, sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature. (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 5:1; 1 Corinthians 11:7; Romans 6:23; Romans 3:10; Romans 8:7; Galatians 3:22)

VI. ATONEMENT We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. (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; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:8)

VII. SALVATION, HEAVEN, HELL 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 by faith Jesus Christ are not justified before God. (The “Lost”) Upon physical death, the Lost will live eternally separated from God, tormented in the Lake of Fire, 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; John 3:7; John 1:13; John 3:6; John 3:8; John 3:5; 2 Peter 1:4; Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 36:26-27; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 1:1-12; Romans 8:9,14-17; Romans 8:19-23; 1 John 3:2; John 17:3, John 3:36, John 5:24, Romans 6:23; Hebrews 5:9; 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; John 14:1-6; Hebrews 6:19-20; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 13:36-43, 2 Thessalonians 1:9)

VIII. RESURRECTION, ASCENSION, EXALTATION We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ, His ascension into Heaven, and His present life there as High Priest and Advocate for us. (Luke 24:23-40; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:12-23, 35-37; Acts 1:1-11; 1 Peter 3:22; Romans 14:11; Philippians 2: 9-11; I Timothy 6:15; John 14:18; Hebrews 4:14-15; Hebrews 5:1-10; Hebrews 13:5; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 8:1,2; Hebrews 9:11-15,24; I John 2:1)

IX. ESCHATOLOGY We believe in the blessed hope, the personal, visible and imminent return of Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. (Titus 2:13; Romans 8:18-25; 1 Peter 1:7,13; 1 Peter 4:13; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:7; Acts 1:11; Mark 13:33-37; Matthew 24:22, 24, 29-51; Luke 21:34; 2 Peter 3:11; Matthew 24:42-51)

X. DEVIL We believe 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 (perish) from God and tormented in the Lake of Fire. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 20:10, 14, 15; Revelation 19:20)

XI. CHURCH We believe 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 Christian’s complete, transformed, and consistent lifestyle. (Ephesians 5:23-32; Colossians 1:18; Matthew 18:20; Ephesians 1:22-23, Colossians 2:19; 3:15; Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 15:16; Ephesians 1:15-23; Ephesians 3:8-10; Ephesians 4:15, 16; Colossians 1:10-28)

XII. CHURCH LEADERSHIP We believe 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.

XIII. STEWARDSHIP We believe each Believer is commanded by God to exercise care and concern with regard to all the time, all the possessions, and all the wealth which God has entrusted to him. (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; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 8:2; 2 Corinthians 9; Philippians 4:10, 14-19)

XIV. ORDINANCES We believe that the ordinances of the Church given by our Lord are Baptism and the Lord’s Table (Communion). (Romans 6:3,4; Acts 18:8; 1 Peter 3:21; Matthew 8:19, 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)