WHAT WE BELIEVE
Wonder what we at Hanoverdale believe about God, sin , worship, or other important topics? Below we outline the tenants of our faith in a clear and concise manner because; what we believe is who we are.
We teach that there is only one true, living sovereign, holy, and eternally existent God. He exists in three co-equal persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each being a distinct person and with a distinct function, but all of one essence and all possessing the same nature, perfection, and attributes. The triune God is the creator and sustainer of all things, the source of all truth, and is worthy of worship, confidence, and obedience (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Genesis 1:31).
We teach that Jesus Christ is God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed many miracles, shed His blood on the cross as a vicarious substitute, was buried, bodily resurrected, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return literally, visibly, and personally in glory and power (John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Acts 1:11).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We teach that the Holy Spirit is God, co-equal and co-existent with the Father and the Son. He is the chief convictor of sin, the chief agent of regeneration and sanctification. The Holy Spirit indwells and empowers every believer to live a godly life. Through His gift of the Holy Spirit, God graces every believer with spiritual gifts, which are sovereignly-given abilities graciously bestowed upon every believer at salvation to enable him to perform a function effectively within the church, the Body of Christ. (John 14:16-19; 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9, 11; Titus 3:5; Eph. 4:11-16).
We teach that Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of all mankind. Therefore, all people have sinned and lost their ability to live for the glory of God. Mankind's fall has incurred both physical and spiritual death on all until there is forgiveness and salvation by the grace of God (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12-21; 6:23).
We teach that salvation of lost and sinful mankind is a free gift of God's grace apart from human works, based solely upon Christ's vicarious and atoning death, effected by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, and received only through faith in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
We teach that man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally with God is heaven. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence (John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
We value earnest and expectant prayer to under-gird all we do. Personal prayer and corporate prayer are essential to know the power and plan of God for our individual lives and the church body as a whole. Heartfelt prayer should precede and permeate all the affairs and activities of our church. (Colossians 4:2)
Our church believes in the importance of building caring relationships for needed support and encouragement. Every person is valuable to God. Authentic fellowship is essential to establishing healthy relationships that promote unity within the body of Christ. When the church values a caring community, families, homes and marriages are strengthened. "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Every believer is a minister of Jesus Christ and is to be involved in fruitful and meaningful service. As we serve Christ together, we are not only obeying our Lord's command, we are building up one another, promoting unity in the Church family, and expressing thanks to God for what He has done for us. Therefore, meaningful service should be done with a commitment to excellence. "You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love." (Galatians 5:13)
BAPTISM AND LORD'S SUPPER
We teach Jesus instructed His followers to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the church two visible symbols (called "ordinances") as reminders. These two ordinances are baptism and the Lord's Supper. Neither of these ordinances contains any saving grace. Baptism by triune immersion is a one-time act of obedient identification with Jesus as Lord. It serves as an outward sign of conscious confession of repentance and faith. The Lord's Supper is an ongoing symbol remembering our Lord's death, burial, resurrection, and promised return (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).
We value the Bible as the inerrant and infallible Word of God. It alone is our final source of authority. Scripture deserves our humble submission and complete obedience. Teachings from the Bible that are especially important to us are: the person and work of Jesus Christ, the ministry of the indwelling Holy Spirit, salvation by grace alone, baptism is by immersion after salvation, and Jesus Christ will personally, bodily, and imminently return to earth to rule and to reign. Biblical authority is the foundation of all we do. (2 Tim 3:16)
Since the Bible is our final authority for direction in life, it is to be regularly and diligently studied. A believer should consistently spend time in God's Word in personal study. Every believer should attend worship with God's family where the Bible is opened and taught as relevant for today. Bible study is not optional, but essential to the spiritual development of every believer. (2 Timothy 2:15)
A Christian's personal relationship with Jesus Christ should be one that is growing and maturing. Several disciplines and practices contribute to one's spiritual growth: Regular time alone with God in Bible study and prayer, consistent lifestyle of obedience and honest intentional accountability to others. Christian growth requires time and discipline. "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." (2 Peter 3:18)
Our God is worthy and deserving of our worship individually and corporately. Worship should be God-focused, contemplative and celebrative. Though the style of worship may vary, the act of worship is a command. "Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth." (Psalm 96:9)
It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Meaningful relationships with the unsaved are essential to see them come to faith in Christ. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends if the earth." (Acts 1:8)