57 Church Rd, Lebanon, CT 06249 goshenhillchurch@yahoo.com 1-860-349-2022

What We Believe

What we identify with matters because  we are what we believe.

In a nutshell:

GOD IS REAL
He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and totally in charge

THE TRINITY
There is one God. He has revealed Himself as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

HE IS THE CREATOR
God created everything in six days and on the seventh He rested. He made you in the image of Himself, and you are precious to Him

WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED BY CHRIST
Only Jesus, the Son of God, has lived a perfect life. He gave His life to save each of us from sin

SALVATION IS A GIFT
It cannot be earned by anything you do; it can only be received by personal belief in what Jesus has already done

GOD IS LISTENING
God answers the prayers of those who have faith in Him

ETERNITY
Every person will live forever. The only way to Heaven is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ

THE SCRIPTURES
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired word
of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-
breathed II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13).

THE GODHEAD
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – The Father, The Son, and
The Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having
the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be
God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He
might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord
Jesus Christ accomplished ¬our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative,
vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical
resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5). We
believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of
God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and
Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2). We believe
Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy
4:1).

THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and
of judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body
of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians
3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18).
The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin
the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved
and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23;
5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12).

SALVATION
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to Humanity by grace and received by
personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the
forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19).

THE ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in
Christ forever (John 6:37–40; 10:27–30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; 1 Peter 1:5).
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation
through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an
occasion for the flesh (Romans 13:13, 14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11–15).

THE MINISTRY AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s
responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the
Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We
also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are supernatural and are given by God`s will for the
benefit of His purpose (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7–8, Heb 2:4). We believe that
God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and
afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of
every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him (Romans
12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11).

THE CHURCH
We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual
organism made up of all born-again persons (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25–27; 1 Corinthians
12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local
churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 18:22;
20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11). We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper
as scriptural means of testimony for the church (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1
Corinthians 11:23–26).

THE LAST THINGS
We believe that Jesus Christ will return in the same way he was taken up. (Acts
1:11) We do not know the time for this event (Acts 1:7) We are to be witnesses to
Jesus until he returns ( Acts 1:8 ) We are to be faithful by telling people about
Jesus and that he will come by the appointed time to judge the living and the dead
( Acts 10:42-43) He will be vindicated at that time ( Philippian’s 2: 9-11)……..