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Beliefs

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Our Beliefs…

Our beliefs describe how we view God, the Bible, mankind, and the world around us.  Grounded in Scripture, the beliefs of Far Hills guide all our decisions.

THE FATHER IS...

The Creator and Ruler of the universe. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all wise.  He is trustworthy in all He does because He is a good father, and He keeps his promises.  
(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS...

Co-equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every believer from the moment of salvation and provides us with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in all things. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.  (Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:7-11; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-15, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)

MANKIND IS...

Made in the spiritual image of God. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, we are all marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates all of us from God and causes many problems in life.  
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2)

THE CHURCH IS...

A community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity for the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.  (Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)

ETERNITY IS...

How long we were created to exist with God. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.  (John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9)

THE SON IS...

Jesus Christ, is co-equal with the Father as God.  Jesus is completely human, but also completely God.  He lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death and to give us eternal life.  
(Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

THE BIBLE IS...

God’s Word to us.  It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for daily living.  Because it is inspired by God, it is without any mixture of error.  (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)

SALVATION IS...

God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works.   Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone by saved from sin’s penalty.  When we turn from our self-ruled lives and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. 
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)

ETERNAL SECURITY IS...

The grace and keeping power of God. Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.  If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it.  Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.  (John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

THE TRINITY IS...

God who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 5:21-23; 14:10; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19)

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