Our Statement of Faith
The following is the statement of faith of Hamilton
Square Baptist Church. CVM is a ministry of the church and adheres
to the same statement. This statement does not exhaust the extent
of our faith, for the Bible alone represents all that we believe.
We do believe, however, that this statement accurately reflects
the teaching of the Bible and is therefore a clear description
of the teachings of our ministry.
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and
New Testaments to be the verbally and plenarily inspired Word
of God; that the Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, God-breathed,
and without error or omission in the whole and in the part; that
the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete
and divine revelation of God to Man; that the Scriptures are to
be inbte3rpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical
meaning; and that the Bible is our only and final authority in
all matters of belief and practice.
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing
in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin
birth, His sinless life, His shed blood for atonement, His bodily
resurrection, His ascension, His present intercessory work, His
return to rapture the Church before the tribulation, and His literal,
personal return to establish His kingdom on earth.
Justification by Faith
We believe that men are justified only and exclusively
on the ground of faith in the shed blood and finished work of
Jesus Christ on the cross, not by works; and that all the redeemed,
once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin,
makes believers children of God through the new birth assuring
them of Heaven, and that by His indwelling enables Christians
to live a godly life.
We believe that every believer immediately upon
being saved receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit; that God
still works miracles today, but that “sign gifts” such as speaking
in tongues (known, spoken languages), predictive prophecy, healing
and miracles are not operational in this age.
The New Birth
We believe that all men are by nature sinful and
lost and that, for salvation, Holy Spirit regeneration and new
birth are absolutely essential.
We believe that a New Testament Church is an organized
body of baptized believers practicing two scriptural ordinances
(baptism and the Lord’s supper) and actively engaged in fulfilling
the Great Commission; that each local Church is autonomous – free
of any external authority or control.
We believe that baptism is a scriptural ordinance
requiring immersion of believers, and that it is absolutely essential
to the carrying out of the Great Commission.
The Lord’s Supper
We believe that the Lord’s supper is a scriptural
ordinance of the Church, of which obedient Christians of like
faith are the right partakers.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved
and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of life and the
lost unto the resurrection of damnation, and that Hell is a place
of eternal conscious punishment of all who are unsaved.
We believe that Satan is a personal being, the
author of sin and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the
open and declared enemy of God and man; that he shall be eternally
punished in the Lake of Fire.
The Great Commission
We believe that the main mission of the local
Church as defined by Christ in The Great Commission is to preach
the gospel in all the world, to make disciples of all the nations,
to baptize those disciples, and to observe all of the commands
We believe that Christians are called to live
holy and exemplary lives, separated unto God and separated from
We believe that God created the universe in six
literal, 24-hour periods, and we reject evolution, theistic evolution,
and the day-age theory as unscriptural theories of origins.
God Ordained Authority
We believe that God has authored, created, and
ordained all true and legitimate authority, and has thereby established
three institutions: the home, the Church, and the state; that
every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including
the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and are to be
governed by His Word; that God has given each institution specific
biblical responsibilities and their authority (being derived,
and therefore not absolute) is limited to that which is given
to them by God; and that the home, the Church, and the state are
equal and sovereign in their respective biblically assigned spheres
of responsibility under God.
We believe that marriage is a lifetime contract
between one man and one woman which can be broken only by death,
gross sexual sins, or possibly abandonment (refusal of unbelieving
spouse to remain); that God hates divorce because of its terrible
destructiveness; that remarriage after divorce is regarded as
the sin of adultery except when enacted on the grounds of gross
sexual sins or abandonment; and that there is complete forgiveness
for those who are truly repentant.
We believe that there are clearly defined biblical
standards of morality; that the Scriptures clearly teach that
the practice of “premarital sex”, adultery, incest, homosexual
and bisexual acts, pornography, and all other sexual sins are
hated by God, and are totally incompatible with the Christian
life and serving in the local Church; and that those who are truly
repentant are completely forgiven.
We believe that the role and function of men and
women in society, the family, and the church are to be defined
in terms of God’s created order as revealed in the Scriptures
namely that there is a prescribed order of authority – God is
head of the man and man is the head of the woman; that the role
and function of the sexes are distinctly different; that though
they differ in role and function, both are equal in worth, dignity,
and spiritual privilege; and that based on the foregoing principles
and teachings, women are prohibited from exercising authority
over the Church and thus from assuming the Pastorate.
The Sanctity of Life
We believe that human life begins at conception
and that the unborn child is a living human being; that the abortion
of unborn children (with the exception of saving the physical
life of the mother) is an act of murder and, as such, is a crime
against God and man; that there is complete forgiveness for the
truly repentant individual guilty of this sin; and that the nation
that permits this atrocity invites upon itself the certain judgment
of Almighty God.,
We believe that God is the creator of all life; that the power
over life and death belongs to Him alone; that God alone can rightfully
terminate or order the termination of life and, therefore, that
the taking of human life in what is called euthanasia constitutes
a violation of the sanctity of human life and of divine, prerogatives;
and that this termination of life premised upon the false notion
of quality of life and/or other human whims constitutes the crime
of committing murder. We do not believe that the withholding or
removal of life support systems ordinarily constitutes an act
We believe that in the context of the local Church,
Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against
other Christians or the Church to resolve personal disputes, and
that the Church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve
personal disputes between individual members, and between members
and the Church.
We believe that the
local Church should not make common cause or fellowship in spiritual
matters with other churches and organizations that do not wholeheartedly
embrace and stand for the fundamentals of the Faith in which we