What We Believe

Doctrinal Statement

The Scriptures

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.

The Triune God

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.

God the Holy Spirit

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.

Mankind

We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

Salvation

We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.

The Church

We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head.

Membership

We believe that only those who are members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.

Church Government

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.

Things to Come

We believe in the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.

 

Our Distinctives

In addition to our statement of faith, we believe it is necessary to clarify and uphold certain distinctives that mark out our church as uniquely committed to what we understand the New Testament to teach regarding the church’s doctrine and practice.

Expository Preaching and Teaching…that exposes the intended meaning of the Biblical text as written by the authors of Scripture and presented in a relevant and practical way, resulting in changed lives.

Repentant Faith…that clarifies the true Gospel which requires faith in the Person and Work of Christ and repentance towards God resulting in justification by faith, the forgiveness of sins.

The Doctrines of Grace…that embrace with firm conviction the eternally sovereign purposes of God in the work of Christ, applied to the helpless sinner in salvation, resulting in the praise of His glory.

God-centered Worship…that extolls the worth of God as a redeemed people in a volitional, intellectual, and emotional response to His Person as expressed in the work of Christ’s atonement and revealed in the Word of God.

Biblical Counseling…using all the all-sufficient Scriptures as the only resource for living godly in the face of life’s problems, resulting in obedience and righteous interpersonal relationships.

Plurality of Eldership…leading the local church by the God-given authority and wisdom of Biblically qualified men united under the Lordship of the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ, resulting in edification as a church.

Authentic Community…living out Biblical Christianity in the context of life with other believers in a genuine way, vitally connected to one another in the local church through fellowship, accountability, prayer, discipleship, serving and using spiritual gifts, resulting in spiritual friendships that stimulate Christlikeness.

Church Discipline…purifying the church from unrepentant patterns of sin in the lives of people through a process of restoration as outlined in the Scriptures, in an effort to enforce accountability to the standard of God’s holiness, resulting in a chaste Bride with a vibrant witness.

Statement on Marriage…God has designed marriage and defined it in His Word as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself (Gen. 1:27; 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6). For this reason, Highland Park Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Click here for a complete “Meaning and Requirements for Marriage” at Highland Park.

 

God’s Plan of Salvation as Explained in the Bible

Why did Jesus, who is God’s Son, come to earth?
To show God’s love by giving His life as a sacrifice for our sin!

  • Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
  • God loves us.
  • We are sinners and therefore headed for God’s judgment upon sin. Romans 6:23
  • Christ died for us. (Literally, “in our place as a substitute”)

How many ways are there to gain freedom from any sin so I can live in God’s presence eternally?
There is only one way — by trusting Jesus Christ for forgiveness and life!

  • John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
  • Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
  • Jesus is the only way to God and the only means of eternal life.
  • We must call on God to save us in Jesus’ name.

What must I do to be rescued from sin and have security of eternal life?
I must turn, in my mind and heart, from my own way of sinfulness and selfishness and turn to God’s way in trust and submission.

  • Acts 3:19 “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away…”
  • Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
  • Turn from trust in self to trust in Jesus.
    • From my own sin and presumed goodness.
    • To God’s gift of forgiveness and leadership of my life.
    • Isaiah 53:6 “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.”
    • Isaiah 64:5-6 “You meet him who rejoices in doing righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways. Behold, You were angry, for we sinned, we continued in them a long time; and shall we be saved? For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment…”
  • Receive Jesus to live in your life by His Spirit as your Lord and Savior.
    • John 1:11-13 “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
    • Galatians 2:19-20 “For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

Can I have assurance about eternal life myself and my loved ones?
Yes!
God’s promises are as secure as His perfect character. The one who accepts God’s plan and the life of Jesus is eternally saved and secure!

  • 1 John 5:11-15 “And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence which we have before Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”

(All verses are quoted from the New American Standard.)