What We Believe

The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Bible to be, as it is in truth, the Word of God consisting of 66 books which make up the Old and New Testaments. - I Thessalonians 2:13

We believe that every word of the Bible is inspired by God, making the Bible infallible in its content, inerrant in its teaching, and sufficient as the foundation for life and ministry. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:128

We believe that God worked in inspiration through the person of the Holy Spirit moving men to write His words through their own personalities and writing styles. - 2 Peter 1:21

We believe that God’s work in inspiration ensured the purity of His Word as it was delivered and that God’s supernatural work of preservation has ensured a pure copy of His Word for every generation, and that the extent of His work in preservation applies to the very words and not simply to the ideas and concepts. - Psalm 12:6-7

We believe that God’s Word has been preserved in the Masoretic Texts of the Old Testament and the Received Greek Texts of the New Testament, and that the King James Version of the Bible is the preserved Word of God in English and shall, therefore, be the official version of Forest Hills Baptist Church.

Dispensationalism

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations – the law, the church, and the kingdom – are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. - Genesis 1:28; I Corinthians 9:17; II Corinthians 3:9-18; Galatians 3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10, 3:2-10; Colossians 1:24-25, 27; Revelation 20:2-6

The Godhead or Trinity

We believe that there is only one True God, and that He eternally exists in the form of Three Persons that are equal in every way and that possess the same Divine attributes. - 1 John 5:7; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14

We believe that these Three Persons, being equal in every way, are distinct from one another and have distinct roles in the redemptive work of mankind.

God the Father

We believe that God the Father is the First Person of the Trinity and is an infinite and intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth, worthy of all honor and praise, and that all creation is made for His pleasure. - John 4:24; Revelation 4:11; Romans 11:36

We believe that God loved the fallen human race so much that He sent Jesus Christ to die for their sins. - John 3:16; Romans 5:8

We believe that God the Father is limitless in His natural attributes. He is self-existent. He is omnipotent. He is omniscient. He is omnipresent. He is immutable. He is eternal. - Exodus 3:14; Job 42:2; Hebrews 4:13; Psalm 139:7-10; Malachi 3:6; Psalm 90:2

We believe that God the Father is impeccable in His moral attributes. He is Holy. He is True. He is Love. - 1 Peter 1:15-16; Romans 3:4; 1 John 4:7-8

God the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Trinity, and has eternally existed as God in every way. - John 1:1-2, 14; 1 Timothy 3:16

We believe that Jesus became man without ever ceasing to be God; accepting all of the essential characteristics of man and never relinquishing any of the attributes of God, making Him the true God-man. - Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 2:9

We believe that Jesus, having been tempted of sin, was never at any time capable of committing sin. - Hebrews 4:15

We believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood dying a literal voluntary death on the cross for the sins of fallen man, rose again on the third day, and was seen of over 500 witnesses. - 1 Corinthians 15:3-6

We believe that Jesus, having ascended to heaven, is our High priest, and acts as our Intercessor and Advocate on the right hand of the Father. - Romans 8:33-34

God the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, has eternally existed as God in every way. - Acts 5:3-4; 1 John 5:7

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the person that reproves the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. - John 16:8-11

We believe the Holy Spirit is the supernatural Agent in salvation, indwelling and sealing the believer until the day of redemption. ~ Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1:13-14

We believe the Holy Spirit empowers the believer to live a Christ-like life. - Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16

We believe that certain gifts given by the Holy Spirit such as tongues, healings, prophecy (foretelling) and miracles were used to transmit the revelation of God and validate the message of Christ and the ministry of the Apostles and as such were temporary and have been replaced by the complete revelation of God, the Bible. - Hebrews 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10

The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created by God, in His image and likeness. ~ Genesis 1:26-27

We believe that in Adam all mankind fell, inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God, and is totally incapable of doing anything to remedy his condition. ~ Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23

Atonement

We believe that all mankind is born alienated from God by sin and that atonement for sin, provided by Jesus’ death on the cross, is applied to any individual that puts their faith in Him. ~ Romans 3:23-26

Grace

We believe that grace, being the unmerited favor of God, is the necessary means by which salvation is provided to man as there is nothing in man to merit the favor of God. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 4:3-4; Romans 11:6

Resurrection

We believe that there are two resurrections in the Scriptures with regard to destination rather than time and that these are the Resurrection of the Just and the Resurrection of the Unjust or the resurrection unto Life and the resurrection unto Damnation. ~ John 5:28-29; Acts 24:14 -15

We believe that the resurrection unto Life consists of those that will be present in heaven such as Jesus Christ, the Saints in Jerusalem, the dead in Christ at the Rapture, tribulation saints, and the Old Testament saints. ~ Jesus Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Jerusalem Saints – Matthew 27:51-53; The Dead in Christ at the Rapture – 1 Corinthians 15:52 (also 1 Thess. 4:16-18); The Tribulation Saints – Revelation 20:4-6; The Old Testament Saints – Daniel 12:1-2

We believe that the resurrection of the unjust or the resurrection unto damnation will take place after the final revolt, after the judgment of Satan, before the judgment of the present heaven and earth, and before our eternal state, and will consist of all unsaved dead resulting in their final judgment at the Great White Throne where they will be cast eternally into the Lake of Fire. ~ Revelation 20:10-15

Giving

We believe that all throughout biblical history God has required a tithe of His people, and that failure to comply is considered stealing from God. ~ Genesis 14:20; Malachi 3:8-10

We believe that God’s people honor God by giving willingly above and beyond the tithe as an act of thanksgiving and appreciation toward God, and that God loves a cheerful giver. ~ Matthew 6:21; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Creation

We believe that the universe was created by God in six literal, 24-hour days, and that the earth was “good” as God pronounced, needing no evolutionary process to bring it to completion. - Exodus 20:11; Genesis 1-2

Satan

We believe that Satan was once a holy angel that enjoyed great position in heaven, which he lost by rebelling against God, and taking many angels with him, will be eternally cast into the Lake of Fire. - Ezekiel 28:14-15; Isaiah 14:12-15; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10

We believe that Satan is the father of lies, this being best demonstrated in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. - John 8:44; Genesis 3

Salvation

We believe that salvation is received by grace through faith in the identity of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, and therefore in the sufficiency of His atoning death on the cross, and in His resurrection from death further proving His identity and His sufficiency as the propitiation for our sins. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 2:36; Acts 8:37; 1 John 4:10; Romans 10:13-14

We believe that a person, upon salvation, becomes a child of God and inherits eternal life in heaven, and that there is nothing a person can do to lose that inheritance. ~ Ephesians 1:12-14; Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 1:3-5

We believe that the Old Testament saints were also saved by grace through faith. ~ Romans 4:1-4

Death and Resurrection of Christ

We believe that Jesus voluntarily laid down His life on the cross and that He rose again from the dead three days later. ~ John 10:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Justification

We believe that man is justified by faith alone and his works are merely a manifestation of that faith. ~ Romans 3:28; Romans 5:1; James 2:18, 21-22

The Church

We believe that Jesus established the first local New Testament church during His earthly ministry, and that He intends to continue His work through churches, operating as the head of each. ~ Matthew 16:13-18; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 5:23

We believe that a New Testament church is a local, visible, self-governing, assembly of baptized believers organized to carry out the work of the ministry. ~ Acts 2:41; Ephesians 4:11-12; Acts 6:1-3 (see also Acts 13:1-4)

We believe that the only two offices of the church are pastor and deacon, and that the pastor is responsible for taking the oversight of the church, leading and feeding (spiritually) its membership according to the Word of God and the Chief Shepherd Jesus Christ, while the role of the deacon is to aid the pastor with the practical cares of the church enabling the pastor to focus on his role in prayer and the ministry of the Word. ~ Acts 6:1-3; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 1 Peter 5:1-4

We believe that the two ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

We believe that baptism is merely the first step of obedience to Christ, symbolizes the believer’s death burial and resurrection in Christ, is to be by immersion, is the doorway to local church membership, is to be carried out under the authority of the local church, and is only for and for all saved. ~ Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-4; Acts 8:36-37; Acts 2:41

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic ordinance, picturing Christ’s body broken for our sins and His blood shed for our redemption, and that participation is to be reserved for the membership of the local church administering the ordinance. ~ Mark 14:22-23; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

Biblical Separation

We believe that saints are to separate themselves unto Christ, developing His mind, being conformed into His image, and that genuine effort toward this end will naturally cause separation from this world, this world’s system, this world’s philosophies, and this world’s way of life such as was manifest in Christ’s life. ~ John 15:18; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18; Matthew 6:24; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Ephesians 2:2-6

The Virgin Birth

We believe that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was born, that Jesus was conceived of the Holy Ghost rather than a man, and that Jesus was, therefore, truly God with us. - Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26-35

Angels

We believe angels are beings created for the worship and service of God and are not to be worshiped by man. - Hebrews 1:6-7

Repentance

We believe that a person must have a change of mind regarding the identity of Jesus as the Christ and His sole sufficiency as the only way to heaven in order to be saved, and that this change of mind is called repentance. ~ Acts 2:36-38; Acts 8:36-37; John 14:6

The Blood of Christ

We believe that the shedding of Jesus’ blood was necessary for the atoning of man’s sin and that without the shedding of blood there can be no remission. ~ Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:8-9; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12-14, 22

Judgment

We believe that the Bible speaks of many specific judgments of which the two primary pertaining to mankind are the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne Judgment.

The Judgment Seat of Christ

We believe that the saved in Christ will be taken at the rapture and then judged and rewarded, not for sin, but for that which has been done after salvation, for Christ, in a biblical manner, and with a sincere heart. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:9-11; Revelation 22:12

The Great White Throne Judgment

We believe that all lost people will be judged according to their works and found guilty before God and cast eternally into the lake of fire at the Great White Throne Judgment. ~ Revelation 20:11-15

Missions

We believe that the Great Commission given to churches includes the work of starting churches in an effort to evangelize the world, and that churches participate in this by sending out and supporting missionaries and church planters as the Holy Spirit leads. ~ Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 13:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8-9

Last Things
Death

We believe that upon death, our soul immediately passes either into the presence of Christ or into Hell to await final judgment in the Lake of Fire for all eternity depending on whether or not we put our faith in Christ on this earth. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:8; Luke 16:22-23; Revelation 20:13-14

The Rapture

We believe in the pre-tribulational, pre-millennial rapture of the saints where Christ will return to meet them in the air, taking them to heaven to await the millennial reign at His second coming. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

The Tribulation

We believe in a literal seven-year tribulation time where God begins to focus again on His chosen people the nation of Israel, and that this time is the fulfillment of Daniel’s 70th week. ~ Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19; Matthew 24

Heaven

We believe Heaven is a literal place where saints will be with Christ for all eternity. ~ Revelation 21

Hell

We believe Hell is a literal place where lost man will await final judgment in the Lake of Fire where they will spend eternity. ~ Revelation 20:12-15; Revelation 21:8

Civil Government

We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: (1) the home, (2) the church, and (3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and to be governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their responsive Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. – Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-24; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 2:13-15

Family Relationships

We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. – Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18; I Timothy 2:8-15; I Timothy 3:4-5, 12

We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are an heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline. – Genesis 1:26-28; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 127:3-5, Proverbs 19:18; Proverbs 22:15; Proverbs 23:13-14; Mark 10:6-12; I Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:1-7

Weekly Schedule at Forest Hills

Sunday
Morning Worship at 10:30 AM
Afternoon Service at 1:00 PM
Wednesday
Small Groups at 7:15 PM

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