What We Believe About the Bible

            We believe the Scriptures are inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16).  He chose to work through men to write them down.  When He chose these men, and used them, He did not remove their personalities, perspectives, culture, language, or style of writing, but rather used all of these to convey His message.

            If we believe that God inspired them to write, we must also believe that the inherent accuracy of God’s knowledge would be a characteristic of what they wrote.  That is why we believe the original autographs, written by God’s chosen men, are accurate and without error.

            Our pastors choose to teach and preach from the NASB (New American Standard) because it is considered the most literal word-for-word translation available.  Its translators were careful to maintain the integrity and the meaning of the Scriptures.  This care helps assure us that what we read in it is very reliable Hebrew/Greek to English translation.

            The Bible is profitable and good for teaching, correcting, and training, which is why it is our primary source for instruction at Pine Hill.  We approach the Bible to let it teach us, and do our best to adjust to what is says (2 Timothy 4:2).

What We Believe About Jesus

            He is the Son of God (Matthew 3:17), equal with Him (Philippians 2:5-6), and one with Him (John 10:30).  He humbled Himself to be a man, and to die on the cross as our substitute in the ultimate act of obedience (Philippians 2:5-11).  He was exalted as a result, and now His name is far above any other name.  One day, everyone will bow to Him at the mention of His name, and declare Him Lord, to God’s glory.

            He is the Savior of any who will come to Him in faith (Romans 10:9-10), and no one can get to God except through Him (John 14:6).  Therefore, He is the only way to be saved from our sin, and to have a relationship with God.

What We Believe About Salvation

            Ephesians 2:1-10, especially verses 8-9 explain that salvation is a gift, not a merit based on good works.  In fact, no one can be justified by works, only by faith in Jesus (Galatians 2:16).  Adding anything to faith in Jesus, or taking anything away from that, produces a false gospel (Galatians 1:6-9).  Good works do not lead to salvation, but salvation produces good works.

            Note: There is only one paragraph for this section because God designed salvation to be simple.  It is simple enough for a child to understand, and deep enough for a scholar to study over a lifetime. 

 

Love God 

            “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and foremost commandment” - Matthew 22:37-38

             In order to love God, we must first know Jesus Christ as our Savior through faith (1 John 5:1; John 14:6-7; Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 11:6).  We love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19) and He sent His son, Jesus, to be the sacrifice for our sins! (1 John 4:10)  One of the ways we show our love for God is by learning and following His word (John 14:21, 23; Psalm 119:33-40)  Getting to know God through His word leads us to worship God for who He is and all that He has done for us  (Psalm 34:1-3).  At Pine Hill, our purpose is for people to come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and grow in love for Him.

Love Others

              "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35

              Jesus teaches us in Matthew 22:34-40 that loving other people is the second most important of all the commandments.  True followers of God are called to have a genuine love for other people, even people who are difficult to love (Luke 6:31-36; Romans 12:9).  This has been made possible because of how much God has loved us.  A true love for other people is a love that goes against the natural desire to put ourselves first.  We are to consider other people’s needs as more important than our own, in doing this we follow the example that Jesus Christ set forth (Philippians 2:3-8).  As we grow in love for God we should also be growing in love for other people. 

Serve Both

               "Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" - Matthew 20:26-28

                When we have a genuine love for God and other people, we will desire to serve both.  Every follower of Jesus is called into a life of service since Jesus himself took on the form of a servant for our benefit (Philippians 2:5-7).  Jesus teaches in Matthew 25:35-40 that we can serve God by serving other people.  When we serve "even the least of these" people He takes it personally.  Believers should be active at finding and meeting pressing needs of others (Titus 3:14; Ephesians 2:10).  God has gifted each of his followers with spiritual gifts for service so that we can serve God and others with gladness for God's glory (1 Corinthians 12:4-12; 1 Peter 4:10-11).