What we believe at High Desert Bible Church about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Jesus Christ is the only Son of God and is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin and is thus completely human but at the same time, completely God. He lived a sinless human life of obedience to God as our substitute to fulfill all God’s righteous requirements for humanity.
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to convict people of sin and make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He dwells in every Christ-follower from the moment they receive Christ.
The Bible is God’s authoritative Word to humanity. It was written by human authors with human personalities in historical settings, who were under the supernatural guidance of God’s Spirit. It is the supreme authoritative source of truth for all Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error in the original manuscripts.
People are made in the image of God and are the supreme object of God’s Creation. People were created to have fellowship with God. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, their fellowship with God was broken as sin, evil and death came to the human experience. As a result, every person is born with a sinful nature which motivates acts of sin.
Every person of every generation in every location needs salvation. Salvation is a free gift by God’s grace that every person must personally receive. No one can resolve their sin problem through self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s gift of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Salvation is demonstrated by a changed life under Christ’s control. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Salvation is provided by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ alone and the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. A believer’s salvation is imperishable and no man or circumstance can snatch the saved believer out of the powerful hand of God because Jesus Christ has made an everlasting covenant with all who place their faith and belief in Him alone.
The Church is not a human established institution but the Body of Christ where Jesus is the Head, God’s Word is the supreme authority and every Christian is a member. The purpose of the Church is to represent the Kingdom of God in the world and to carry out Christ’s mission to make disciples in the world. The local church is a fellowship of baptized believers who are unified through faith in Christ and have joined together for worship, community, and ministry.
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The church’s mission as recognized by High Desert Bible Church is to be a people on a mission to help people find and follow Jesus as fully devoted disciples.
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