Inland Hills Church shares the basic tenets of historical Christianity that mark most evangelical (Bible-based) churches. Our Statement of Faith is a brief expression of those core beliefs that we hold as a church.

Our Statement of Faith is succinct by design as we try not to be dogmatic about those issues on which biblically based churches have held divergent views. Our core beliefs are based on the teachings of Jesus that are supported by the most clear and direct passages from the Bible.

We do not take an official position on areas that are more obscure or less essential to Christian faith and practice in hopes of fostering unity within our church family. Although individuals within our fellowship may have differing opinions about what we consider to be secondary doctrinal concerns, anyone who is in a leadership position at Inland Hills Church has agreed to the doctrinal statements that follow.

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word for all people. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

See 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; Proverbs 30:5.

God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

See Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Genesis 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

See Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11;1 Timothy 6:14-15.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need of Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.

See 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:1-7; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18.

People

Men and women are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although people have tremendous potential for good, we are all marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God.

See Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2.

Salvation

Salvation is a free gift from God. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into one’s life by faith.

See Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26.

Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.

See John 3:16; John 12:25; John 3:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 18:8; Matthew 25:46.


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