Here at HBIC, we believe in the Bible and the necessity for strong fellowship among believers. We are part of the Brethren in Christ denomination, you can view the BIC’s statement of faith here.
Below, you will find Hanover Brethren in Christ’s personal statement of faith.
We believe that the Triune God created everything, including the first humans, Adam and Eve. When tempted, Adam and Eve fell into sin – condemning themselves and the rest of humanity (Genesis 1-3). But, God in His abundant grace, promised a Messiah to redeem and save His Children (Genesis 3:15-17).
Jesus Christ’s Role and Mission
Due to the fall, every person is in need of a Savior to be made right with God. God is perfectly just and holy, meaning he cannot be a just judge if he clears the guilty sinner because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). So what hope do we have? That hope is found in the Savior, the very Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Prophesied about in the Old Testament, Christ lived the perfect life that God’s law demands. He was born of a virgin, in Bethlehem, and was crucified before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D.(Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 53, Isaiah 7:13-17, Daniel 9:24-27, Zechariah 12:10, Psalm 22, and Micah 5).
Jesus Christ was and is fully God and fully man, He died on a cross, He was buried, and He was resurrected. He was sent as an atonement for our sins so that we could be made right with God, because He is holy. Where Adam failed, Jesus succeeded to set us free from our bondage to sin (Hebrews 9:11-28).
The Triune God
We believe that God is Triune, meaning three distinct persons in one nature and one essence – consisting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirt.
All three persons have co-existed together, since before the world was created. Each person of the Trinity serves a distinct purpose but work together to accomplish God’s will. In God’s perfection, He created the world for His glory.
(Genesis 1:1-2, John 10:30, Matthew 28:19, John 14:16-17, Colossians 1:15-17).
Although we deserve the wrath of God, He instead chooses to show mercy because of His great love for us. Therefore, God has chosen to save sinners due to His grace, not by our works.
Salvation is a gift from God, that is made possible by the atoning death of Jesus Christ. And when you put your faith in that Truth, you will be saved. (Ephesians 2:4-9).
Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation, He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. If you do not believe that Jesus is Lord and, you will die in your sins (John 14:6 andJohn 8:24). But if you call on Christ’s name, you will be saved (Romans 10:13).
True saving faith does not mean you’re free to continue living your old life, instead, faith means repenting of your sin and following Christ. And as you grow in your faith, you will put to death your old sin and grow in holiness (Romans 6) but that doesn’t mean you will never sin again (Romans 7:14-25).
Although we are saved purely by God’s grace, a natural outburst of works will be born out of a desire to please and serve the One who loved us. Due to our love for Christ, we are called to keep His commands (John 14:15). As James says in Chapter 2 of his letter, faith without works is not a true faith.
Therefore, repentance, baptism, service, dedication to a church, and communion are strong works that will strengthen your faith or further sanctify you. But you can never earn your salvation or justification this way, Christ already did that for you!
Our friends over at Radical have an in-depth Gospel Tract that we’d encourage you to use and hand out to friends, family, or neighbors.
We believe the entirety of the Bible to be the authoritative Word of God and as such, it is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
We also believe that the Bible has been meticulously protected and transcribed faithfully by scribes and church leaders over the years – guided by the Holy Spirit. Since it is God-breathed, we trust that God has protected His holy text – so that we will know all we need to know about God.
If you don’t have a Bible, please stop by during a service and we will gladly give you one. If you can’t do that, we recommend using bible.com for further study and choosing the ESV translation.