HRBC accepts the Bible as its authority in matters of faith and practice. Our understanding of Christian truth in the Bible is in essential accord with the belief of Baptist churches as indicated in “The Baptist Faith and Message” adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963. This congregation has no single creed or confession of faith, but we can summarize our most commonly held beliefs as follows:
There is one and only one living and true God, whom we know as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Forgiveness of sin, right relationship with God and eternal life are offered to us by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, revealing to us the nature, character and purposes of God.
The Church is comprised of those who have responded in faith to the saving grace of God and who seek to serve him.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are regularly practiced by Christians as symbols of Christ’s sacrifice and of our commitment to God in Christ.
In accordance with historic Baptist principles, we affirm: the Bible as our source of spiritual truth, the priesthood of every believer, the autonomy of each local church and the separation of church and state.
Worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry and missions are all integral aspects of the life of the church, beginning in our local setting and extending worldwide.
God calls and gifts both men and women for the work of ministry and holds us accountable for our obedience to his leadership.
Growth in our faith and knowledge of God is normal, necessary and results in service to others.
We cooperate with other Christians and with other churches to accomplish God’s work and will in the world.