What We Believe

hogmc_belief.jpg1. The Scripture is inspired
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to men, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (2 Tim. 3:15, 17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12).

2. The One true God and the Trinity
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed I AM,. and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association, by simultaneously existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Trinity). (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10, 11; Matt. 28:19).

3. Deity of The Lord Jesus Christ
The Word of God explicitly declares:
a) His virgin birth – Matt. 1:23
b) His sinless life – Heb. 7:26
c) His substitutionary sacrifice on the cross – Isa. 53:5, I Cor. 15:3
d) His bodily resurrection from the dead – Matt. 28:6, I Cor. 15:4
e) His place at the right hand of God – Acts 2:33

4. Man: His Fall and Redemption
Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness”. But man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31; Gen. 3:17; Ro. 5:12-21).

5. The salvation of man
Conditions of Salvation - The Grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by grace, has become heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 2:11, 3:5-7, Ro. 10:13-15; Luke 24:47).

 6. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit
All believers should ardently expect and earnestly seek the Promise of the Father, which is the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire. With it comes the infilling of power for life and service, and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the New Birth (Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).

7. The Blessed Hope (The Resurrection)
The dead in Christ will rise first and those us who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them and so shall we ever be with the Lord, and is the blessed hope of the church (1 Thess. 4:16; Ro. 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51,52).

8. Judgment and the Lake of Fire
The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns fire and brimstone, while the righteous shall enter into everlasting life and peace. (Rev. 9:20; 20:10-15).

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