What we believe

What we believe at Whitehill about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church.

Statement of faith

Whitehill Church of Christ affirms and teaches the following beliefs:

  • \the inspiration of the Bible
  • \the revelation of one God in three persons: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit
  • \the incarnation of God in the person of Jesus Christ
  • \Jesus’ life and teaching as a perfect example of divine character
  • \the death of Jesus as a perfect sin offering for redemption and forgiveness
  • \the bodily resurrection of Jesus
  • \Jesus’ supreme authority as Lord over all
  • \the person and work of the Holy Spirit
  • \the need of salvation and the forgiveness of sins
  • \the invitation and requirement of faith and repentance for salvation
  • \the practices of baptism and communion
  • \the acceptance that the Church is a divine institution

The Essentials We Believe

  • There is one God, the creator and sustainer of all things, eternally exis6ng in three co-equal persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (2 Cor. 13:14)
  • God the Son became fully human in the person of Jesus Christ while remaining fully God. (John 1:1-14)
  • Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and died a substitutionary atoning death on a cross. (Col. 2:13-14)
  • Jesus Christ arose physically from the dead and ascended to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father and will one day return visibly to earth to judge the living and the dead. (Rom. 14:9, Acts 1:10-11)
  • The Holy Spirit is the giver of new life, convicting individuals of sin and enabling saving faith in Jesus Christ. (Titus 3:4-7)
  • The Holy Spirit indwells believers, guiding, instructing, empowering, and gifting them for godly living and service. (John 14:16-17)
  • The Bible is God’s Word to us, written by human authors, under the supernatural inspiration of the Holy Spirit and without any mixture of error. (2 Tim. 3:16)
  • People are made in the image and likeness of God, possessing intrinsic dignity and worth. (Gen. 1:27)
  • Through the temptation of Satan, humanity transgressed the command of God and fell from their original holiness and righteousness. (Gen. 3)
  • All humans are under condemnation unless they have received the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:9-23)
  • Regeneration, the new birth, is made possible by God’s grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. (Eph. 2:8-9)
  • Jesus’ death and resurrection makes possible the forgiveness of sins, justification, sanctification and ultimately glorification. (Romans 8)
  • All people will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through salvation in Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:23)
  • The believers’ baptism and the Lord’s Supper (communion) are ordained by Jesus Christ as means of grace, public vows of submission to Jesus’ Lordship and signs of the Gospel. (Matt. 28:19, Matt. 26:26-28)
  • The Church is the body of Christ made up of those who are regenerate followers of Jesus. (1 Cor. 12-31)
  • The Church exists for the glory of God and has the ultimate mission to make disciples of all nations. (Matt. 28:18-20)

Distinctive Practices

  • The believers’ baptism is practiced by full immersion in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19, Rom. 6:4)
  • The Lord’s Supper, also referred to as Communion, is practiced using the two elements
    of bread and juice to represent Jesus’ body and blood. Communion is practiced in the Sunday services. (Matt. 26:26-28)