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Statement of Faith
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The Bible
2 Timothy 3:16-17 | 2 Peter 1:20-21 | Proverbs 30:5 | Romans 16:25-26
The Bible is God’s word given to us. It is a true story of love and redemption. It is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. Written by human authors, inspired by God, the Bible is infallible and inerrant. Because it is inspired by God, it is the ultimate source of truth and is relevant to our everyday life.
The Trinity
Colossians 2:2-3 | 1 John 5:7 | Genesis 1:26 | Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19 | Deuteronomy 6:4 | Hebrews 3:7-11 | Isaiah 9:6 | Luke 1:35
God has existed since the beginning of time. He exists as three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Even though each member of the Trinity expresses the Godhead in three distinct personalities and roles. They each have equal power and authority.
The Father
Exodus 3:14 | Numbers 23:19 | Leviticus 11:44-45 | Psalm 11:4-6 | Colossians 1:16-17
God is a loving, compassionate Father and wants a relationship with His children. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever present and He never changes. He is Holy, Creator, eternal and He deserves all of our trust because He is faithful to His promises.
The Son
Isaiah 7:14 | Matthew 1:18-23 | Romans 5:8 | John 3:16
God loved people so much that He sent Jesus, His Son, to earth to give us a visible picture of God. Jesus Christ is completely human and completely God. Born of a virgin, He lived a perfect life, performed miracles, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all people by dying on the cross. But He didn’t stay dead! He resurrected—rose up— from death to demonstrate His power over sin and death and now sits at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. Because of this, we can have a relationship with God and we can live our lives with destiny and purpose.
The Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16 | 2 Corinthians 3:17 | John 16:7-13 | John 14:16-17 | Acts 1:8 | Ephesians 1:13, 5:18 | Galatians 5:22-25 |
Hebrews 2:4 | Romans 1:11, 12:4-8 | Ephesians 4:16 | 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14 | 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40 | 1 Peter 4:10
The Holy Spirit is given to every follower of Christ to guide us, comfort us, and convict us of sin when we get off course. He helps us grow into Christ-likeness by producing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and He gives us spiritual gifts to empower us to meet the needs of God’s people and a hurting world. The Holy Spirit is demonstrated through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church and confirm the power of the Gospel. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical guidelines.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Joel 2:28-29 | Matthew 3:11 | Mark 16:17 | Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6
We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit as an enduement of the believer with power for service, the essential, biblical evidence of which is the speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.
John 3:16 | 1 John 5:11-13 | John 14:2-3 | 1 John 2:25 | Romans 6:23 | Revelation 20:15 | John 5:7 | Genesis 1:26
Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19 | Deuteronomy 6:4 | Hebrews 3:7-11 | Isaiah 9:6 | Luke 1:35
We were created to live forever, not just a few short years on earth. Our forever can be spent in Heaven with God when we choose to have a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus. Or we can choose to reject Him and be separated from Him forever. Heaven and Hell are real places in eternal existence.
Genesis 1:27 | Psalm 8:3-6 | Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2 | Romans 3:23-24 | Colossians 1:27
We were created in God’s image and the masterpiece of all of His creation. Man was created both male and female which is the intended expressions of humankind. Every person has dignity and value and is worthy of love and respect. God created us for a relationship with Him, but we became alienated from Him through disobedience. Each of us is born with this tendency, which is referred to as a ‘sinful nature.’ No matter how good we try to be, we can’t regain our relationship with God on our own.
John 14:6 | Acts 16:31 | Romans 10:9-10 | Ephesians 2:8-9 | Galatians 2:16, 3:8 | Titus 3:5 | Hebrews 9:22 |Acts 2:21, 3:19 | 1 John 1:9
Salvation is God’s gift to us. It comes when we accept Jesus and the sacrifice that He made as a payment for our sin. When we do this we are given the opportunity to trade our sin for His righteousness through faith. Salvation is not a result of good works or any human effort. We can’t earn it; it is a gift of God’s grace. The essential response to this is repentance. Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ. Through repentance, we receive forgiveness of sins and salvation.
Sanctified life
2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18 | 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, 4:3 | Romans 8:29, 12:1-2 | Hebrews 2:11
We believe in holiness of life and conduct in obedience to the command of God. Obedience and the Christian life is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
The Church
John 17:11, 20-23 | Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, 4:16 | Hebrews 12:23
The church is a community of diverse people-- from different races, cultures, and backgrounds--unified through faith in Jesus Christ. The Church is committed to the teachings of Jesus, and it exists to shine the message of God’s light and hope to the world so that everyone can know Him in a personal way. Jesus is the hope of the world, the church is now His body that brings His hope to the world. The church is not a building to walk into, it’s a family to belong to. The Church is a Body which Holy Spirit adds each believer to of which Christ is the Head.
Ephesians 4:11-16
The Church is equipped by five fold ministries which are the gifts of Christ to His Body.
Water Baptism
Mark 1:9 | Matthew 28:19 | Mark 16:16 | Acts 2:38, 8:12, 36-38, 10:47:48 | Romans 6:4 | Colossians 2:12-14 | 2 Corinthians 5:17
Baptism is going public about our faith in Jesus and communicating to the world our heartfelt commitment to following Him. It’s the next step after salvation and is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Immersion symbolizes dying to sin as Christ died for our sins on the cross. And rising from the water is a picture of our new life in Christ, just as Christ arose from the grave. The Bible teaches that all who believe in Christ are to be baptized by being immersed in water.
Matthew 26:26-29 | 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25
The Lord’s Table consists of two elements: the bread and the cup. Those elements are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. Communion is taken in remembrance of Christ’s sufferings on the cross and as a celebration of our salvation.
Psalm 103:2-3|Isaiah 53:5| Matthew 8:16-17| Mark 16:17-18| Acts 8:6-7
James 5:14-16 |I Corinthians 12:9,28| Romans 11:29
Healing of the sick is demonstrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, that is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit.
Harvester Reformational Church Birmingham is a Registered Charity, no. 1166451. Registered Office: HRCB, 46 Old Oscott Lane, Great Barr, Birmingham B44 8TP, United Kingdom.
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