What We Believe

Hatteras Island Christian Fellowship has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only their over-emphasis of the doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the Body of Christ.

We Believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative, inerrant word of God and is relevant and applicable to man today. Therefore we place great emphasis upon teaching it in public, studying it in private, and using it as a guide for our daily lives.

We Believe in one personal, transcendent, Triune God, the creator of all, who is eternal, and who manifests Himself in three separate persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is Holy, Just, Righteous, Loving, Merciful, Gracious and Good.

We Believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, that He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, paid for our sins by His death on the cross, was bodily raised from the dead, ascended back to the right hand of the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us. Salvation is only found in Jesus Christ.

We Believe that the Holy Spirit indwells each person that believes the gospel for salvation, repents from their sin, and surrenders their life to Jesus Christ. We believe that the person and work of the Holy Spirit empowers every believer, baptizing them into the Body of Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit will come upon any believer who asks in faith, enabling him/her to preach the Gospel in power. We further believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, mentioned in the Scriptures, are valid for today and they are to be exercised within the Scriptural guidelines set forth by the Spirit and the word of God. We believe that love is the greatest of the Spirit's gifts and makes all the other gifts complimentary.

We Believe that all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and indwelled by the Holy Spirit, all his/her sins are forgiven, and that persons becomes a child of God.

We Believe Jesus Christ is the head of the Body, His church, and that church government should be simplistic rather than complex and bureaucratic. We desire to be under the authority of the word of God and led by the Holy Spirit in all the ministry of the church.

We Believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ's agape love, which is greater than any difference we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.

We Believe the worship of God should be spiritual. Therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.

We Believe the worship of God should be inspirational. Therefore, music is an important part of our worship. Our worship is contemporary, with the emphasis on "worship" rather than "contemporary".

We Believe the worship of God should be intelligent. Therefore, our services are designed with great emphasis upon the teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us how He should be worshiped. We seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that it's message can be applied to an individual's life, leading that person to greater maturity in Christ

We Believe the worship of God should be fruitful. Therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have been truly worshiping Him.

We Believe in and await the pre-tribulation rapture of the church and believe that at the Second Coming of Christ He will visibly set up His throne on earth and personally rule with His saints for 1000 years. This motivates us to holy living, heartfelt worship, committed service, diligent study of God's Word, regular fellowship, and participation in baptism by immersion and in Holy Communion.