Statement Of Faith

HEARTS is a multi-denominational organization of families who follow Christ, representing many different Bible-believing churches and denominations. We promote unity among the body of believers by speaking of our common belief in the areas outlined in our Statement of Faith while respecting our denominational differences.

Regular attendance at a Christian church comprised of more than the member family, as well as affirmation of the following HEARTS Statement of Faith, is required for HEARTS membership:

The Bible is the only inspired Word of God and is without error. It is the complete revelation of God's will for the salvation of mankind and constitutes the only rule of faith and practice for a follower of Christ. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)

There is one living and true God existing in three divine persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Through Him all things were made. (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 13:14)

Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, yet without sin. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of Mary, who was a virgin. Jesus redeemed us through the shedding of His blood during His sacrificial, atoning death on the cross. He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and serves as the only Mediator between God and mankind. He will come again in power and glory to establish His kingdom. (Luke 1:34-35, Acts 1:11, 1 Corinthians 15:3-5, Ephesians 1:7, Philippians 2:6-8, Hebrews 1:3; 2:9-11, Revelation 19:11)

The Holy Spirit lives in every believer, enabling and empowering us to live a Godly life and have fellowship with one another. He guides, teaches, sanctifies, intercedes, and convicts. (John 14:15-18; 16:7-11, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:26-27, Galatians 5:16)

Every person is wonderfully created by God in His image as either male or female, being two distinct genders. Mankind fell through disobedience. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, incurring physical and spiritual death. Each person is in need of redemptive salvation through Jesus Christ. The believer spends eternity in heaven while the unbeliever spends eternity in hell. (Genesis 1:27, John 3:36, Romans 3:23-24; 6:23)

Salvation is a free gift to everyone and obtained when a person calls upon Jesus Christ as their Savior to forgive their sins. Once a person is saved, they have passed from spiritual death and are assured of eternal life in heaven. Salvation is gained by faith alone through the grace of God. A believer can never again come under the condemnation of God because they are fully justified (made right). We are not saved by our own power, but true faith in Christ is evidenced by pursuing Christlikeness and effective service to God. Christ-followers are one body in Christ, and each person is a crucial part of it. (John 3:16; 11:25-26, Romans 4:1-8, 1 Corinthians 12:12 & 27, Galatians 2:15-16, Ephesians 2:8-10)

Biblical marriage is limited to a covenant relationship between one man and one woman, ordained by God and made legally binding in an official ceremony according to state law. Sexual relations are to be exercised solely within marriage. (Genesis 2:18-25, Matthew 19:6, Hebrews 13:4)

Children are a blessing from the Lord and His reward. God has called parents to nurture and train their children in His Word by diligently directing and providing each child’s education as a parent’s primary right, duty, and privilege. (Deuteronomy 6:5-7, Psalm 127:3-4, Proverbs 22:6)