Preaching the Gospel from an historic perspective - Embracing the Five Solas of the
Reformation - Assured of the Inspiration and Authority of the Word of God!
The Preaching Ministry
of Rev. Kevin Hoffman
I believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible,
authoritative Word of God.
 
I believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three
persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 
I believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the
conception of His body by the Holy Spirit and His birth by the virgin Mary, in His
sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily
resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal
return in power and glory.
 
I believe that salvation is wholly of grace through faith. God justifies and
regenerates the sinner. Repentance and sanctification always flow out of true
faith. Justification is a judicial act absolving from punishment and restoring to
divine favor. Regeneration is the impartation of divine life effecting a change in the
believer's nature. By the operation of the Holy Spirit through the Word, he is given
a disposition to obey God. The Holy Spirit witnesses to this experience.
  
I believe in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, that He personally dwells
within and guides those who are true believers, and empowers them for service,
giving to them various gifts and producing within their lives the fruits of Christian
character. We believe that the Holy Spirit simultaneously baptizes each believer
into Christ, at the moment they are regenerated, and also at that moment He
comes to dwell within the believer. The filling of the Holy Spirit should be a
continuous and repeated action.
        
I believe sanctification is the work of grace begun by the Holy Spirit at the moment
of regeneration and continues progressively until physical death. We believe it is
not instantaneous or subsequent to salvation in our daily experience. We believe
the old nature is not eradicated until after death, but that we must constantly guard
against its influence in our lives.
            
I believe that at the return of the Lord the bodies of the righteous dead will be
raised and the living believers will be changed so that both will have literal,
spiritual and immortal bodies like to Christ's own glorious body.
 
Man, His Creation: I believe that man was created by God and not by an
accidental, spontaneous, or self- propagated occurrence action, method, or
process; that he was created in the image and likeness of God, possessing
personality and holiness, and that he was a free moral agent possessing the
power of choice, and that the purpose of his creation was to glorify God. Due to
his will being marred by the Fall he is now in need of regeneration by the Holy
Spirit in order to make the choice to trust in Christ for salvation. His will is free and
yet bound by its fallen nature to chose what its nature dictates.
    
I believe in the oneness of the church of Christ, composed of all Spirit-regenerated
believers, and that these believers both living and dead, shall be caught up
together at His second coming.   
I believe the Christian ordinances are outward rites appointed by Christ to be
administered in each church, not as means to salvation, but as visible signs of the
facts and realities of salvation. We believe in water baptism and that it is to be
administered to believers only. We recommend immersion as the mode of
baptism, but grant our pastors permission to use other modes when requested by
the candidates. The Lord's Supper in an ordinance instituted for observance by
His followers until He returns. It consists in partaking of the consecrated emblems
of bread and wine, and symbolizes the death and suffering of Christ for the
remission of our sins and our continual dependence upon Him for our sustenance.
The Lord's table should be open to all that are in right relationship with God,
regardless of denomination. Both ordinances are means of grace given to the
Church by God and are only effective from obedience in faith. God strengthens
and encourages His people through them.
 
I believe that marriage is a sacred institution ordained of God in the time of man's
innocence and that it is the mutual union of one man and one woman and morally
binding so long as both shall live, and that therefore it cannot be dissolved by a
decree of a civil tribunal, except on evidence that one party is guilty of adultery or
in the case of desertion by an unbelieving spouse. In the case of either situation
the innocent party is free from further matrimonial obligations and justly entitled to
marry again, but the guilty party has no such right. We deny the right of marriage
to both parties who have been divorced for causes other than adultery or
abandonment. Any person sustaining a marriage relation contrary to that above
recognized as justifiable shall be ineligible to enter into the office of the ministry of
The Christian Union.