Statement of Faith

This is a statement of faith we adopted in the Holland House Church Network. See it also at Church in Holland – Doctrine.

We affirm:

To expand and clarify these, we affirm that:

The Bible is: 

  • The 66 books of the Protestant Canon – no more and no less,
    • God’s Word, 
    • truth without error,
    • sufficient revelation for the essentials of life and godliness,
    • the ultimate authority on everything it proclaims.

Scriptures: Matthew 5:17-18; 19:4-5; Mark 7:9-13; Luke 11:51; 24:44; John 10:34-35; 12:47-48; 17:17; Acts 17:11; Romans 3:4; 9:17, 25; Hebrews 6:18; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17; Titus 1:2; 2 Pet. 1:3-4; Rev. 19:15

There was, is, and always will be only 1 God who:

Simultaneously was, is, and always will exist as 3 Persons:

  1. God the Father
  2. God the Son, Jesus Christ
  3. God the Holy Spirit

Scriptures: Exodus 3:14; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Isaiah 9:6-7; 45:22-23; Psalm 18:31; 45:6-7; 110:1; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 1:21-23; 3:16-17; 28:19; Mark 12:28-34; 14:61-64; John 1:1,14-18; 8:24, 56-59; 10:30-39; 14:15-24; 17:1-5; Acts 5:1-5; 13:2; Romans 1:7; 3:30; 8:9-11; 9:5; 1 Corinthians 8:4-8; 2 Cor. 13:14; Galatians 3:20; Philippians 2:3-11; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:8, 10; James 1:1; 2:19; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 John 2:23; 2 John 1:3; Jude 1:1, 5-6

Jesus Christ was and is:

  • fully God, and
  • fully man

Scriptures: Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 9:6-7; 45:22-23; Psalm 45:6-7; 110:1; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 1:21-23; 4:2; 8:10; 26:38-39; Mark 14:61-64; Luke 2:7, 52; 24:39; John 1:1, 14; 4:6; 14-18; 6:38; 8:24, 40, 56-59; 10:30-39; 11:35; 19:28; Acts 2:22; Romans 8:3, 9; 2 Corinthians 11:3; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:3-11; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:8, 10; 2:14-18; 4:15; 1 John 1:1-3; 4:1-3; 2 John 7; Jude 1:5-6

The only way for humanity to be saved from God’s judgement and wrath is by receiving that:

  • Jesus lived perfectly righteous, the only human to do so
  • Jesus’ death by crucifixion fully satisfied God’s wrath owed for our sins
  • Jesus bodily resurrected 3 days later
  • You receive the merits of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection only by repenting (i.e. turning toward Jesus/God as your new Boss/King/Lord) and trusting these things.
    • Upon doing this, God the Holy Spirit indwells you, which leads to a transformed life and character that more resembles God/Christ over time

Scriptures: Isaiah 53:4-5, 9; Matt. 12:40; Mark 1:15; 8:31; 9:31; 16:15; Luke 3:22; 13:5; 15:11-32; 24:7, 21, 46-47; John 3:16; Acts 2:37-38; 13:39; 16:30-31; 20:30-31; Romans 3:21-26; 4:5; 5:8-10; 8:9, 16-17, 23; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19; 15:1-6; 2 Corinthians 1:21; 5:5, 17-21; Galatians 2:16; 3:13; 5:22-24; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; Col. 1:22; Hebrew 4:15; 6:1; 7:26; 1 Peter 1:19; 2:22, 24; 3:18; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:29; 3:3-10, 14-15; 4:10

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