What We Believe

What We Believe

  1. 1. The Trinity. We believe in one God manifested as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, 3:16, 17)
    1. A. God the Father. We believe in God the Father, who created all things. He can be known to the extent that He has revealed Himself in word and deed as the source and sustainer of life. He is a God of love who orders all things to serve His eternal purpose. In mercy and grace He adopts as His children all who repent of their sin and trust in Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord. God is eternal and self-existing. (Exodus 3: 14; Genesis 21:33; Isaiah 40:28)
    2. B. Christ. We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, whom the Father sent to reconcile us to Himself and to redeem us from sin and eternal death. We believe:
      1. i.   That Jesus Christ was God incarnate. (John 1: 1-14)
      2. ii.  That Jesus Christ had two natures: He was both human and divine. (1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 5:20)
      3. iii. That Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. (Matthew 1:18 - 2:12; Luke 1: 30-39)
      4. iv.  That Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world. (Hebrews 2:9; 1 John 2:2)
      5. v.   In the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15: 3,4; Acts 2:24; 1 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Peter 1:21)
      6. vi.  That Jesus Christ rose up into heaven as our High Priest. (Hebrews 9: 24-28; Romans 8:34)
      7. vii. In the personal imminent return of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15; Matthew 16:27; John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18; Revelation 22: 12-20)
    3. C. Holy Spirit. We believe:
      1. i.   That the Holy Spirit is God, and had revealed Himself as a living person. (John 14:17; Hebrews 9:14)
      2. ii.  That the Holy Spirit works in:
        1. a. Enabling men to know God and to serve Him. (Acts 1: 3,4; John 16: 12,13; 1 Corinthians 2:12)
        2. b. Being an agent in regeneration and sanctification. (John 3: 6-8; Titus 3:5; Romans 8: 2-4)
        3. c. Sealing the believers. (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; 2 Corinthians 1: 21-23)
        4. d. Being an agent in the formation of the church. (Acts 2: 14-41)
      3. iii. That the Holy Spirit dwells in regenerate man and makes him a possession of God through faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1: 13-14)
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  3. 2. Man. We believe that man was created in the image of God, sinless, and in fellowship with God, with a free will to make moral choices. But man sinned, and disobeyed God brining spiritual and eternal death on the whole human race. Consequently all are sinful by nature, guilty before God, in need of forgiveness through Christ and in need of a Divine Redeemer. (Genesis 1: 26,27; Genesis 3: 1-8; Romans 5: 12-19)
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  5. 3. Sin. We believe and teach repentance and forgiveness of sin as a personal experience of regeneration through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe in sanctification through the work and indwelling of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2: 36-38; 1 John 1:9; Romans 15:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19)
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  7. 4. Satan. We believe that Satan is a real supernatural personality, a fallen angel of great power, cunning, and wickedness; the enemy of God and of all good, seeking the destruction of Christ and the eternal ruin of man; but who has been defeated by Christ's death and is doomed to be cast forever into the Lake of Fire. (John 13:2; Matthew 13: 19,39; Colossians 2:15; Revelation 20:10)
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  9. 5. Salvation. We believe:
    1. A. That the shed blood of Jesus Christ, His resurrection, and His ascension constitute the only ground of salvation. (1 Peter 1: 18, 19; Romans 4:25; 5: 9,10; 6: 4,5)
    2. B. That genuine faith in Jesus Christ (which includes repentance) is the only means of salvation and that it is a gift from God. (Romans 6:23; 10:9; Acts 2:21; Ephesians 2:8)
    3. C. That the moment a man believes in Christ, he is justified. (1 Corinthians 1:2; Hebrews 10:10)
    4. D. That the scriptures speak of a progressive sanctification of the believers which refers to our walk and continues through life. (John 17:17; Galatians 5: 16-23; Ephesians 5: 25-27)
    5. E. That the scriptures teach that by the power of the power of the Holy Spirit believers are born into the family of God and receive the assurance of salvation, and that the believer is kept by the power of God through abiding faith. (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16; Galatians 3:11; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24,25)
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  11. 6. Church. We believe that the command to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey the commands of Christ, is the primary task of the church. Every member has the responsibility to be a witness to Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and to call men to be reconciled. The Gospel is the power of God for salvation and is able to meet the total needs of man. We believe in the church of God as a fellowship of true believers in Jesus Christ, for the building up of which the Lord has called ministers, elders, deacons, and other servants of God. (Matthew 28: 19,20; Ephesians 4: 11-13)
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  13. 7. Discipline. We believe in church discipline based on the Word of God in order to preserve the good name, purity, and power of the church, and with the purpose of restoring the erring member. (Galatians 6:1; 2 Thessalonians 3: 14-15)
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  15. 8. The Christian Walk. We believe:
    1. A. The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian and transforms him into the image of Christ. He empowers the believer to follow Christ and to be an effective witness for Him.
    2. B. That Christ, by His own example, taught that it was right and necessary for believers to practice love and holiness in their personal life and social life, in relationships with friends, and with those who oppose them.
    3. C. It does not agree with the peaceable walk of a Christian to goto court for personal gain and to avenge himself, to swear oaths, but to live peaceably with all men and to overcome evil with good.
    4. D. We believe in non-affiliation with secret orders and abstinence from the use of unclean habits which defile mind and body and from everything that is contrary to the Christ-like life.
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  17. 9. Future State. We believe:
    1. A. In the rapture of the saints. (1 Thessalonians 4: 16,17; John 14:3)
    2. B. In the resurrection of the dead. (1 Thessalonians 4:16; John 11: 25,26)
    3. C. In the eternal bliss of the righteous and the eternal punishment of the unrighteous. (Matthew 25: 31-46; 1 Corinthians 15: 23-24; Revelation 20: 11-15; 21: 8,22)
    4. D. In the judgement of nations. (Matthew 25: 31-46; 2 Thessalonians 1: 7-10)
    5. E. In the establishment of a kingdom where Christ will rule. (Isaiah 2: 1-4; Revelation 11:15)
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  19. 10. The Bible. We believe in the inspiration and infallibility of the Bible as the Word of God and that it is the only reliable standard for our faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
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  21. 11. Ordinances. We believe:
    1. A. In baptism of the believer upon confession of faith in Jesus Christ, to be administered in the name of the Father, the   Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16)
    2. B. In observing the Lord's Supper as a memorial of His broken body and his shed blood given as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world. We further believe in the fellowship of all born again believers at the Lord's supper. (Matthew 26: 26-29; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-25)
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  23. 12. Marriages. We believe that God instituted marriage for the intimate companionship of husband and wife, and for the procreation and nurture of children. Those who marry should share a common Christian commitment; a believer should not marry an unbeliever. We believe that divorce constitutes a basic violation of God's intention for marriage. (Matthew 19: 4-6; 1 Corinthians 7:39)
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  25. 13. The State. We believe that God instituted the state to maintain law and order in civil life and to promote public welfare. The functions and responsibilities of the state are distinct from those of the church. The chief concern and primary allegiance of all Christians should be to Christ's kingdom. It is our Christian duty to pray for those in government and to proclaim truth, love, righteousness and redemption. We should respect those in authority, exercise social responsibility, witness against corruption, discrimination and injustice, pay taxes and obey all laws that do not conflict with the Word of God. (1 Timothy 2: 1-2; Romans 13: 1-7)

 

Our Affiliation

Hague Gospel Church is an affiliate member of the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference. For more information, please see their website