HCC holds to the saying, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love.” As such, we have taken beliefs that drive us individually and corporately into two categories. Essential doctrines are those in which all members must hold. Non-essential doctrines are those in which HCC does not expect every member to share our stance. In both cases, we expect them to be shared in love and without detriment to the leadership or unity of Holt Christian Church. (More detailed explanation of doctrines found in our doctrinal document or individual position papers.)
In order to establish and maintain a relationship with us today, God has communicated with us through the Bible. We accept it as author of doctrinal statements and final authority on all issues of faith and practice.
We believe that there is one God who presents Himself as three different distinct persons making up one true God: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God is the creator of all things seen and unseen. We believe that during creation God created mankind in His image, placed them in the middle of His creation as caretaker and had a face to face relationship with them.
We believe that mankind was created with an ability to make his/her own choices). Disobedience led to mankind being cast away from God with the promise of hardship and death. We understand that we all share in that disobedience (sin).
Fully God and fully man, Jesus is God’s one and only son. He took on the appearance of man, was crucified, died and was buried. He resurrected and ascended to sit at God’s right hand interceding on our behalf. We wait for His promised return.
We are reconnected to God through His grace poured out through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
An individual receives the gift of salvation when immersed (baptism) in water by his/her own choosing. It is in baptism that a person is forgiven of sin and given the gift of the Holy Spirit.
An active part of the Godhead, he Holy Spirit, continues to play a role in creation and operation of God’s Kingdom. He dwells in every baptized believer as a sign of our citizenship in God’s Kingdom, as a counselor, and provider of gifts in the individual and corporate body of the church.
The church was birthed on the day of Pentecost and consists of believers everywhere. Those believers are tied together by the Holy Spirit and are called out to be God’s people by serving Him, building each other up, sharing His good news, and living according to His instructions.
Elders are men that God has gifted to lead and care for local congregations. Their responsibilities at Holt Christian Church include pastoral care, leading spiritual growth, setting direction, and maintaining purity as a body. Because of their responsibilities, the Elders exercise authority over Holt Christian Church.
Holt Christian Church partakes of communion every Sunday.
Scripture tells us that Jesus is returning for His church and that we are presently living in the last days. We use scripture as a template to live through all times, not a timetable of Jesus’ return.
Spiritual gifts are given to every believer for the glory of God and the building of His church. We do not believe that all gifts are given to every believer, or that the giving of certain gifts are signs of being filled with the Spirit.
OTHER NON-ESSENTIAL BELIEFS
HCC’s position on other non-essential beliefs can be found either in individual positon papers or in our expanded doctrinal statement.