THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe that God the Holy Spirit is the divine Author of Scripture, and He infallibly, verbally, plenarily inspired, ans superintended the human writers of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, so that while their human distinctiveness can be seen in the nuances of the original text, the original writings were not tainted by sin, and were thus inerrant in the original autographs (1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe that the copies of Scripture that exist today of the original autographs, while not identical, have been complied and compared leading to a reliable collection of texts in the original languages. We also believe that there are reliable English translations available that accurately and authoritatively reflect God’s Holy Word. We also recognize the need to often refer to the original languages for the purpose of discerning the fullest and most precise meaning of the text.
We believe that accurate Biblical doctrine/teaching comes through the literal, historical, grammatical, contextual interpretation of God’s Word, comparing Scripture with Scripture. We also believe that there is only one correct interpretation for every passage of Scripture (John 7:17; 2 Peter 1:20; 1 John 2:20), however there may be several applications for a given passage. We understand that sometimes Scripture uses allegories, metaphors, figures of speech, parables, etc., and that the reader can recognize such instances and interpret accordingly.
God’s Word is eternal (Matthew 24:35) and is the only source of doctrine, salvation, reproof, correction, and instruction for the church in the past, and future and through it alone God’s people are fully equipped for obedience and service to God (2 Timothy 3:15-17). We as the church as the Lord Jesus Christ base our doctrine, faith, and practices solely on the authority of soundly interpreted Scripture, and nothing else. The Holy Word of God supersedes all other sources of authority, and thus, Hudson Baptist will submit only to the Word of God at the expense of all human ideas, documents, institutions, or traditions (Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; Acts 5:29; Hebrews 4:12).
We believe that God is one, yet manifests Himself as three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and they are collectively called the Trinity. We believe God created the heavens and the earth in six literal days. God is eternally existent, all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present. Each Person of the Godhead is co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 31; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Luke 3:21–22; Titus 3:4–7; 1 John 5:7).
We believe that Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh. 1 Timothy 3:16. We hold to His: eternal pre-existence, virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death on the cross, bodily resurrection from the grave on the third day, bodily ascension from the Mount of Olives, present ministry of intercession for believers at the right hand of God and His imminent and bodily return to the earth (Colossians 1:15–17; 2:9; John 1:1, 14; John 8:58; 10:30; Matthew 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21;1 Peter 2:24; John 19:19–28; Hebrews 9:24; Acts 1:11; 2 Thessalonians 4:16–17).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is a Person—very God.His ministry toward sinners is to convict of sin, righteousness and judgment. His ministry for believers is to indwell theminstantaneously at salvation, placing them eternally into the body of Christ, and equipping them for service (John 16:7–15; Romans 8:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 12:11–14; Ephesians 4:30).
We believe man is the direct creation of God in His own image according to the Genesis record. We believe all men are by nature sinful and lost because of the fall of man in Genesis 3:1–6. Without Jesus Christ, man is spiritually dead and condemned to an eternity in a literal Hell (Genesis 1:26–27; Isaiah 53:6; 64:6; John 3:18; Romans 3:10, 23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1–10).
We believe salvation is found only in the Person of Jesus Christ. Every man is a condemned sinner by birth and nature. Salvation is by grace through faith plus nothing—all of God from start to finish. Each individual must turn from sin and by faith simply accept the free and complete forgiveness provided through the shed blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary (John 1:12; 3:16; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9–13; Ephesians 2:8–9; 1 Peter 1:18–19; Romans 5:8–9).
We believe that Satan is a person originally created by God as the angel Lucifer. Through pride he fell and became the author of sin and cause of the fall of man. He is the open and declared enemy of God and His people. Ultimately, Satan and all his demonic hosts shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Isaiah 14:12–17; Ezekiel 28:11–19; Genesis 3:1–6; John 8:44; Ephesians 2:1–3; Revelation 20:10; 1 Peter 5:8–9; Luke 10:18).
HEAVEN AND HELL
We believe in a literal heaven of eternal bliss for all who through faith in the Lamb of God, have become children of God. We believe there is a literal Lake of Fire of eternal judgment for all who have not received the forgiveness of sin which is provided through the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Revelation 21:1–8; John 14:1–3; 2 Thessalonians 1:7–10; John 3:36; Luke 16:19–31; Mark 9:42–49; Matthew 25:30–46).
We believe the self-governing, self-supporting, self-propagating local New Testament church is God’s plan for this age. The local church is a voluntary association of baptized believers who band together to more effectively propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ and to establish a solid Christian witness in the community. The only two scriptural ordinances are believer’s baptism by immersion (which is a picture and a testimony of our salvation), and observance of the Lord’s supper as a remembrance of the vicarious death of Christ. As believers we are to strive to be Christ-like through practical separation from sin unto God as set forth in (2 Corinthians 6:14–18 and Romans 12:1–2). For believers who fall into sin as mentioned in (1 Corinthians 5:1–13; 1 Timothy 6:3–5; and Romans 16:17–18), the scriptural methods of church discipline as set forth in (2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14–15; Matthew 16:17–18; 2 Corinthians 13:1; 1 Timothy 5:19–22 and Galatians 6:1) are to be followed with much wisdom and love.
We believe the Great Commission given by our Lord in Matthew 28:19–20 applies to all believers. It is our privilege and duty to personally give the gospel to the world by purity of life, prayer and through home and foreign missionary outreach programs. Romans 10:14–17; Acts 1:8.
From the Constitution of the Hudson Baptist Church, “Article I – Articles of Faith”.