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What We Believe

Hillsborough Community Church is an autonomous church committed to contending for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). The basic doctrines within Hillsborough Community Church's Statement of Faith represent what we believe to be core element of Biblical teaching.

On the Holy Scriptures We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired Word of God, written by men in God’s control, without error, infallible in the original manuscripts, and the final authority in faith and life (2 Tim. 3:15-17, 2 Pet. 1:20-21, Ps. 19:7-9).

On the Godhead We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each of these three persons is fully God and fully one, being identical in essence, and possessing precisely the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4, Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14).

On the Condition of Humanity We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God and without sin. However, in Adam’s sin humanity fell, inherited a sinful nature, became spiritually dead, and is ultimately alienated from God. This means that all humans are born in a state of depravity that renders them unable to satisfy God or help themselves spiritually apart from the gracious help of God himself (Gen. 1:26-28, Gen. 2:1-24, Rom. 3:10-18, Rom. 5:12, Eph. 2:1-3).

On the Person & 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 of the Holy spirit and born of a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful humanity. He accomplished this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgments against sin. After confirming that redemption by His bodily resurrection from the grave, He ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of those who trust Him (John 1:1-2, John 1:14-18, Luke 1:34-35, Rom. 3:24-26, Rom. 8:34).

On the Person & Work of the Holy Spirit We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine Person who convicts the world of sin, that He brings new life to those who are spiritually dead, that all believers are baptized with the Holy Spirit and thus placed into the one true Church, which is the Body of Christ, that He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon them, and empowers them for service (John 3:5-8, John 14:16-17, John 16:7-11, Acts 1:8, 1 Cor. 12:7-13, Eph. 4:30, Eph. 5:18).

On Salvation We believe that salvation from the penalty of sin is the gift of God’s grace. It cannot be gained by meritorious works, but is freely bestowed upon all who put their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. All who trust Jesus as the Savior are forgiven of their sins - past, present, and future - and born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (John 1:12-13, Eph. 2:8-10, Rom. 10:9-13).

On Security, Assurance, & Responsibility We believe that all whom God is sanctifying are being kept by His power and are thus secure in Christ forever. It is their privilege to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation. However, this assurance must never be the occasion for sin because God’s power sets believers free from bondage to sin to be able to walk by the Spirit and bear the Spirit’s fruit in life, word, and deed. True faith in Christ is expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life (Matt. 7:20, John 3:16-21, John 10:27-29, Rom. 8:28-29, Gal. 5:13-25, Heb. 10:14, James 2:18-20, 1 John 5:13).

On the Church We believe that the true Church universally and locally is made up of those who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the Church, the body of Christ, of which Jesus is the head. The local church is the representation of the universal Church in a group of believers on a contextualized, local level. The fundamental purpose of the Church is to carry on the ministry of Jesus to the world - making disciples of all nations - which is done by ministering to God through worship, ministering to believers physically and spiritually, and ministering to the world through evangelism and service (Matt. 28:19-20, Eph. 1:22-23, Eph. 4:12-13, 1 Cor. 12:13, Acts 2:42).

On the Ordinances of the Church We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances to be observed by all of His people until His return: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. While neither provides saving power, their observance is commanded and significant for the lives of all of God’s people. (Matt. 28:19, 1 Cor. 11:23-26). 1. Baptism is a visualization of the spiritual cleansing that results from Christ’s work on our behalf, and of our initiation and admission to the Church by the Holy Spirit. Recognizing that connection to the person and work of Christ is the important issue, both immersion and sprinkling/pouring are acceptable as valid modes of baptism. Proper subjects for baptism are those who have professed faith in Christ and the children of believers whose parents are demonstrating the association of their child with the covenant community of the Church (Acts 2:38, 1 Cor. 12:13, Col. 2:11-15, 1Pet. 3:21). 2. The Lord’s Supper remembers the sacrificial death of Jesus which atoned for our sins by the breaking of his body and the shedding of his blood on the cross. It will be open to all self-examined believers regardless of church affiliation (Lk. 22:19-23, 1 Cor. 11:27-34).

On the Return of Jesus We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. His return will mean final redemption for those who have trusted Jesus, and final judgment for those who have not (Zech. 14:4-11, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, , Rev. 19:11-16, Rev. 20:1-15).

On Death & the Eternal State We believe that death is the separation of body and spirit when physical life ceases but existence is not ended. After death, the souls of those who trust Christ go immediately into God’s presence while the souls of those who do not go immediately to eternal punishment. All people will await a final day of resurrection when Christ returns and all will face his judgment: eternal glory and life for His people, but eternal condemnation and separation from God for unbelievers (Matt. 25:31-46, Luke 16:19-26, 2 Cor. 5:8, Phil. 1:23, 2 Thess. 1:7-9, Rev. 20:1-15).


Sunday Worship

At Hillsborough Community Church we want people to grow as disciples of Jesus, engage in life-giving community, and to love & serve each other and Hillsborough all for the glory of God. While most of that doesn’t happen on Sundays, we believe our weekly gathered worship is vital as a regular means of shaping our community towards those goals. When we gather each week our worship is shaped by four primary things: singing songs, preaching from God’s word, prayer, and receiving the Lord’s supper.

Where We Meet

We meet on Sundays at 4 pm at an existing church called Mt. Hermon Baptist Church.




5411 Old NC 10

Durham, NC 27705


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