What We Believe
At Highland, we believe that the foundation of our understanding of God is God’s own self-revelation through the Scriptures and ultimately through His Son, Jesus Christ. The basic doctrines listed below are not meant to fully describe and explain God. Instead, they serve as our community’s foundational understanding regarding who God says He is, who He says we are, and what He says about our world.
We believe in one and only one God who eternally exists in three distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Although there are three Persons—each fully God—there is but one God.
About the Father
We believe in God the Father, Almighty Creator of heaven and earth. The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world in order to restore His rebellious children back to Himself. Although he is fatherly in attitude toward all Creation, graciously sustaining all that exists, He has an intimate relationship with those He has adopted through the Son.
About Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Fully human and fully God, Jesus lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin, death, and the devil. He ascended to Heaven and will return again in power and glory to reign forever.
About the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. Fully God, He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures and is present in the world to make humanity aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation providing the power needed to live a life pleasing to God and aiding the believer in growing toward spiritual maturity.
We believe we are all created by the deliberate act of God and made in His image. We are the supreme objects of God's creation. Although God declared humanity in its original state to be good, we are now marred by rebellion against God which has corrupted the very nature of humanity in a way which we cannot reverse or restore. We call this corruption and its effects "sin." Sin is what separates us from God.
We believe we are all created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or we will live in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. Those who belong to God will dwell with Him forever in a new creation designed for the enjoyment of God and those who love Him.
We believe salvation is the gift of reconciliation from the Father, through the Son, and by the Holy Spirit. We can never make up for our sin by acts of self-improvement or good works. It is only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's provision of forgiveness that we can be saved from the penalty of sin. Eternal life begins at the moment of salvation.
About Eternal Security
We believe that because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, the believer is secure in his or her salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort or works of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping-power of God alone that provides this security.
About the Bible
We believe the Bible is God's word to mankind. It was written by holy men under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit and is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.