Hillcrest Christian School Statement of Faith
- We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments of Holy Scripture (the Bible) to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:21; Acts 4:18-19; Romans 13:1-5).
- We believe there is one and only one true and living God existing in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each a distinct Person, but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfections, and attributes, and each is worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience (Genesis 1:26; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19).
- We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Son of God, conceived by
the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, His sinless life, His
miracles, His shed blood on Calvary as a vicarious substitute and
atoning death, He was buried, He rose again bodily and ascended to God
the Father according to the Scriptures and in His personal and visible
return in power and glory. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; John 2:11;
Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Mark 16:19; Hebrews 4:15, 7:25;
Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11).
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, very
God coexistent with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the
chief agent in regeneration for salvation because of the exceeding
sinfulness of human nature, the chief convictor of sin, and the chief
comforter of the believer; who indwells Christians uniting them as one
in Christ, enabling them to live a Godly life and empowers them to serve
in the church and community in the name of Jesus Christ. (Matthew
28:19; John 16:7-11; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 8:9, 13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16;
6:19-20; 12:12-14, Ephesians 4:1-7,30; 5-18) .
- We believe the triune God created the universe apart from pre-existing materials and without any evolutionary process as set forth in the first eleven chapters of Genesis.
- We believe that man is the direct creation of God – body, soul, and
spirit – and is made in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 1:1;
Matthew 19:4; John 1:1-3; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews
- We believe that Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This
act resulted in the fall of mankind and incurred both physical and
spiritual death for all.
- We believe that everyone will one day stand before the judgment seat
of Christ, and there receive eternal life or death. We believe eternal
salvation for the lost comes through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone,
by His sacrifice on the cross alone, is a gift and not as a result of
works. Salvation is found in no one else but Christ, for there is no
other name under heaven given to men by which we are saved. (Romans
3:10, 23; 5:12; 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10; John 1:12; 3:3, 17:17;
Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5; James 1:17; Acts 4:12)
- We believe that heaven is the glorious eternal home for those who
are saved by accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and that
hell is the place of eternal separation from God for all who reject
Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation
20:10,15; John 14:1-3; Revelation 7:15-17).
- We believe that there is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord,
one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all and that this unity of
Spirit in the body of believers through the bond of peace overcomes any
denominational differences (Ephesians 4:3-4).
- We believe that the local church observes two ordinances – baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion).
- We believe that all who have received Christ as Savior and Lord
should be baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit; and that the Lord’s Supper should be observed in remembrance of
Jesus Christ’s death for our sins until He comes again (Matthew
26:26-30; 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-6; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
- We believe that marriage has been established by God. We define “marriage” as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. (Genesis 2:21-24; Mark 10:6-9