Statement of faith

We believe the Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore, has truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 16; 2 Peter 1:19-21

We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct, but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

Scripture: Exodus 20:2-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11

We believe that Jesus Christ is the virgin-born Son of God, Who lived a sinless life, died a vicarious death, rose in bodily form, ascended into heaven where He now ministers as our High Priest, and is coming back to this earth to establish His earthly kingdom.

Scripture: Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4; Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 1:2-11; Hebrews 12:2; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 8:6; Isaiah 11:4-5; Revelation 20:6

We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He is the agent in the new birth; and baptizes the witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.

He bestows spiritual gifts, some of which were of a temporary nature designed as signs to authenticate the message of the apostles, and have ceased. Among these gifts are the gifts of tongues and healing.

Scripture: John 14:16-17, 16; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14; Romans 8:16, Romans 8:26-27

We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.

Scripture: Matthew 4:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10; Revelation 20:2

We accept the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct work of God, and not from previously existing forms of life, and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. We reject both theistic and naturalistic evolution.

Scripture: Genesis 1-2; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3

We believe that man was created in innocence but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice; that he is totally depraved, and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.

Scripture:Genesis 3:1-6; Genesis 3:24; Romans 5:10-19; Romans 1:18; Romans 1:32

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, Who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sin in His body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; Romans 3:25; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again (regenerated); that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that is, is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift from God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that it involves more than mere assent but is the personal reception of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; that it’s proper evidence appears in the Holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.

We believe that justification is the act of God whereby the believer is declared righteous upon the basis of Christ’s imputed righteousness.

Scripture: John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 5:1; 1 John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8; Romans 3:21-28, 21; Philippians 3:9; Galatians 2:16

We believe in the security of the saints; that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father and Jesus Christ.

Scripture: Philippians 1:6; John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1

We believe that the local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by the covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors, elders and deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scripture. We believe that the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; and that on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.

Scripture: Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:11; Ephesians 5:23; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Colossians 1:18; Acts 15:13-18

We believe that obedience to God’s Word will not allow cooperation in spiritual efforts with those who deny the historic Christian faith. We specifically repudiate the assumption that cooperation with apostates is justified if commendable spiritual results are obtained by so doing. We believe the Bible requires a church to be completely separated from associational fellowship with groups which permit the presence of theological liberals.

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Romans 16:17-18; 2 John 9-11

We believe that there is a radical difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; which all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among man both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.

Scripture: Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17-18; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:19; Romans 7:6; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 6:25; Matthew 25:34-41; John 8:21

We believe that the imminent rapture of the church is the next event to occur according to prophecy. Christ’s coming for His church as outlined in I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and I Corinthians 15:51,52 will announce the beginnings of Daniel’s seventieth week (Daniel 9:24-27), which includes, “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7), the Great Tribulation, and the Battle of Armageddon. At the close of the Great Tribulation period, Christ will establish His earthly kingdom and occupy the throne of His father David (Luke 1:32, Isaiah 9:6,7; Acts 2:29,30) and reign for one thousand years (Revelation 20:1-6).

At the close of the Millennium, Satan will be loosed to deceive (Revelation 20:8). Fire from God out of heaven will end this battle (Revelation 20:9).

After this, the Great White Throne Judgment occurs. All the wicked dead of all ages will appear before this throne (Rev 20:11-15).

Scripture: Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17-18; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:19; Romans 7:6; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 6:25; Matthew 25:34-41; John 8:21

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior; that with its symbolism in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life, it is prerequisite as a first step of obedience to the privileges of church relationship.

Scripture: Acts 8:26-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:23-28

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests of good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of this earth.

Scripture: Romans 13:1-7; 2 Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:20; Acts 4:19-20; Daniel 2:17-18

We believe that the term ”marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union as delineated in Scripture.  We believe that God’s Word allows for divorce and/or remarriage only in the event of unfaithfulness, death of a spouse, or when an unbeliever chooses to divorce a believing spouse.  We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other.  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.  We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.  We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, and all members of Harbour Shores Church must abide by and agree to this Doctrine on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly. Although we firmly believe this doctrine of marriage, we also believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.  Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church.

Scripture: Genesis 2:24; Malachi 2:16; Matthew 5:31-32; Matthew 19:3-9; Mark 10:7-8; Luke 16:18; 1 Corinthians 7:12-16; 1 Corinthians 7:39; Ephesians 4:31-3

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