Hayford Community Church
We believe that the whole Bible is the Word of God, inspired by Him and completely accurate in the original manuscripts (I Timothy 3:16). It is complete, enduring forever and is faithfully preserved by the watchcare of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 5:17-18, Matt. 24:25). It is our supreme and final authority in matters of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17, James 1:22, II Peter 1:19-21). We further believe that the Holy Spirit illuminates the Word of God, making it clear to the sincere readers and hearers (John 14:26, John 15:26, John 16:13, I Corinthians 2:13-16).
We believe that there is one God, Creator and preserver of all things, who is infinite and eternally self-existent in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—the same in essence, though distinct in personality (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, II Corinthians 13:14).
The Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten, virgin-born Son of God (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:35, John 3:16). He is eternally one of the Godhead (Matthew 16:16, John 10:30, Matthew 17:5, John 1:1-3, John 1:14, John 14:9, Philippians 2:6). He became man and was the only sinless one among men, without ceasing to be God (Hebrews 4:15, II Corinthians 5:21). He came to seek and to save the lost and to call out a people for Himself (Luke 19:10, Titus 2:14). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious (substitutionary) sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25, I Peter 2:24, Ephesians 1:7). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest, He is interceding for us. He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10, Hebrews 7:25, I John 2:1-2, Hebrews 9:24, Romans 8:34). He is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:22, Colossians 1:18) We believe in the literal, personal, imminent, pre-tribulation, and pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ with His redeemed ones; and His return to the earth, with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom (I Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 3:10, Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 20:1-6).
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is eternally one of the Godhead (Matthew 28:19, I Corinthians 3:16). He indwells every believer at the moment of salvation (Romans 8:9, Ephesians 4:30, I John 4:13). And His ministry through us is dependent upon our yieldedness to Him (Romans 8:14, I Corinthians 6:19-20). We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling, and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-15, Titus 3:5, I Corinthians 12:12-14, Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe all men were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26:27, I Corinthians 11:7, James 3:9). But man fell from fellowship with Him through disobedience (Genesis 3:5-6, Romans 5:12, 19, Genesis 3:17, 22, 24, Ephesians 2:2) and are now under God’s condemnation (John 3:18, Romans 1:18-25, Romans 5:12). We now find ourselves unable to help ourselves (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:20, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 2:8-9). As a result, man needs a new heart and life in Christ (John 3:3-7, 14-15, John 10:9, John 14:16, Acts 4:12, Romans 5:19). We believe God has made provision for our salvation in the substitutionary atonement of Christ taking our place in His voluntary death on the cross (Isaiah 53:6, I Peter 2:24, I John 3:16, II Corinthians 5:21). The results of salvation through Christ are freedom from the guilt, penalty and power of sin (Romans 8:1-2, Hebrews 10:16-17, II Corinthians 5:21, I John 1:7-9). We believe salvation is received by a person, in penitence, putting his personal faith in Jesus Christ (John 1:12, John 14:6, Acts 16:31, Romans 10:9-10). And it is immediate, eternal and definite (John 5:24, Hebrews 7:25, I John 5:11-13, Galatians 2:20). We believe that every born again believer is the possessor of everlasting life and is kept by the power of God, and are thus secure in Christ forever; however the Bible clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to sin (I Peter 1:5, John 6:37-40, Romans 13:13-14).
Concerning the Eternal State of both Saved and Lost
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men. We believe that at death a child of God passes immediately into God’s presence (Luke 23:42-43, Philippians 1:23). We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (II Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 3:21, I Thessalonians 4:16-17). Saved individuals must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad (II Corinthians 5:10, Romans 14:10).
Those who willfully reject Christ, pass immediately after death into a place of misery awaiting the final condemnation (Matthew 25:46, II Peter 2:4-9). We believe that the souls of the unbelievers remain, after death, in a conscious state of misery until the second resurrection. When the soul and body reunite they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26, Matthew 25:41-46, II Thessalonians 1:7-9, Jude 6,7, Revelation 20:11-15).