Statement of Purpose

What do we believe about the Bible?

We believe in THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Accepting fully the writings of the Old and New Testaments as the very Word of God, verbally inspired in all parts and therefore, wholly without error, altogether sufficient in themselves as our infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:19–21). We believe not only in the inspiration of the Holy Scripture as spoken forth in II Timothy 3:16, but also in the preservation of the Scripture (Psalm 12:6, 7). In the English speaking language we accept only the King James Bible as the only faithful and honest version of the Holy Scripture translated from the Textus Receptus known as the Received Text (Matthew 5:18).

What do we believe about God?

We believe in THE ONE TRIUNE GOD: Who is personal, Spirit, and sovereign; perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness, love, wisdom, and power; absolutely separate and above the world as its Creator, yet everywhere present in the world as the upholder of all things; self-existent and self-revealing in three distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each having a distinct ministry in God’s relation to His creation and to His people (Genesis 1:1; I Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7; Matthew 3:16, 17; 28:19, 20; II Corinthians 13:14).

We believe in THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: Who is the second person of the Triune God, the eternal Word and the only begotten Son; that without any change in His Divine Person He became man by miracle of the virgin birth, thus to continue forever as both True God and True Man, one Person with two natures; that as a man He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin; that as the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross becoming there the sin of the world, and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead; that He arose bodily from the grave and was glorified; that as our Great High Priest He ascended into Heaven, there to appear before the face of God as our Advocate and Intercessor (John 1:1, 2; I John 5:20; Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:26–28).

We believe in THE HOLY SPIRIT: Who is the third Person of the Trinity, and the divine Agent in nature, revelation and redemption; that He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment; that He regenerates, indwells, seals and anoints all who become children of God through Christ. All children of God are baptized in the Holy Spirit at salvation. He further empowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies, and fills believers who daily surrender to Him (II Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16,17; Romans 8:14–27).

What do we believe about salvation?

We believe ALL MEN ARE BY NATURE AND CHOICE SINFUL AND LOST: that man was the direct creation of God, made in His image and likeness; that by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became a sinful creature, the father of a fallen race which is universally sinful in both nature and practice, thus alienated from the life and family of God, under the righteous judgment and wrath of God, and has within himself no possible means of salvation (Romans 3:23; 5:12; Galatians 3:22).

We believe in SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH: that salvation is the free gift of God, neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any virtue or work of man but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all true believers have as a present possession, the gift of eternal life, sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from all condemnation, every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish; that this salvation affects the whole man; that apart from Christ there is no possible salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; II Corinthians 5:21; 7:9, 10; Romans 6:23; 10:9, 10, 13).

We believe in FUTURE LIFE, BODILY RESURRECTION AND ETERNAL JUDGMENT: that the spirits of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven, that their work shall be brought before the Judgment Seat of Christ for determination of rewards which shall take place at the time when Christ comes for His own; that the spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, that they shall be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment (John 14:1–6; I Thessalonians 4:14–17; II Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20, 21; Luke 16:19–31; Revelation 20:11–15).

What do we believe about church?

We believe in THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST: that He alone is the head of the Body of Christ, of which all true believers of this age are members; that all members of this one spiritual body should assemble and identify themselves in local churches (Matthew 23:10; I Corinthians 11:3).

We believe in THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH: that a New Testament church is a local assembly of born again, baptized believers united in organization to practice New Testament ordinances, to meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching and a united testimony, and to actively engage in carrying out the Great Commission (Acts 2:41; 4:32; Matthew 26:26–30; 28:19, 20).

We believe in THE INDEPENDENCE AND AUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH: that each New Testament church is free to govern itself without ecclesiastical interference, and should cooperate with other New Testament churches as the Holy Spirit leads; that it is responsible to follow the pattern of the New Testament church and is directly accountable to God (Acts 5:1–6; Galatians 1:1, 2). 16.

We believe THE ORDINANCES GIVEN TO THE LOCAL CHURCH ARE TWO—BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER: that Baptism is by immersion of believers, thus portraying the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that the Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and cup by the believers as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ (Matthew 3:13–17; 26:26–30; 28:19, 20; Acts 2:4; I Corinthians 11:23–32).

What do we believe about our Lord's return?

We believe in THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST: that His return from Heaven will be personal, visible and glorious, a blessed hope for which we should constantly watch and pray; the time being unrevealed, but always imminent; that when He comes He will first by resurrection of the dead and translation of the living remove from the earth the saved, then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world, afterward descend with His Church and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all nations for a thousand years (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:13–17; Revelation 19:11–16; 20:6).

Harbor Baptist Church is a local independent Baptist church.