The following Statement of Faith accurately reflects the basic doctrinal positions of Hohenfels Baptist Church. For a more detailed description of our Statement of Faith or our points of conviction, please contact our pastor.
We believe that there is only one God and He exists in three distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. God the Father is the first Person of the Trinity. He is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. God the Son, Jesus Christ, is the second Person of the Trinity. He is the only begotten Son of God, eternal and holy. He is the express image of the Father and is God’s Word made flesh. He was born of a virgin in the flesh, was crucified in the flesh, and rose from the dead in the flesh. God the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He is the eternal Comforter and He consistently points man to Jesus Christ. He indwells every true believer.
We believe that man was created pure, perfect, and in the image and likeness of God. Every man has a free will to worship and glorify God or to rebel and reject God. Unfortunately, man has rejected God, sinned through disobedience, and is responsible for his actions. Because of this original sin, both spiritual and physical death entered all of humanity: spiritual death = separation from God; physical death = separation from the body. Because every man is a sinner by nature and volition, he is therefore lost (separated from God) and incapable of saving himself. Without Christ, every man is an enemy of God and will be eternally punished in Hell.
We believe that the Holy Scriptures are a complete compilation of 66 books; it is one book separated into two volumes: Old Testament (39 books) and the New Testament (27 books). The Bible is the very Word of God and is therefore inspired, inerrant, infallible and preserved. It is the supreme authority in all matters, including faith, history, science, tradition, practice, daily living, and so forth. The Word of God has only one interpretation, which is from a literal historical-grammatical approach. All true doctrine is rooted in Scripture. Passages that are clear and straightforward should be used to interpret unclear passages, not vice versa.
We believe that the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ which He shed on the cross paid the penalty for all sin from the fall of man throughout eternity. Where sin abounds, grace abounds more. Jesus died on the cross once and for all and His sacrifice is adequate for all. Salvation is not earned or kept by any work or works of man. It is given freely to all who repent and believe. All sin has been paid for, but not all men are saved. The payment, which is Jesus Christ himself, must be accepted by grace through faith.
We believe that after salvation, God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all appearances of evil. Baptism is the first step of obedience in sanctification for a born again believer. Baptism pictures the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and therefore identifies each beliver as a follower of Jesus Christ. All Christians should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior or His Church.