what we believe

Believers have always had a confession (a statement of the basics of what they believe). Peter himself confessed to Jesus, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God" (Matt. 16:16). Great confessions such as the Augsburg Confession and the Westminster Confession became standards for confessional Christianity.


Baptists, using such great former confessions, later put together most notably: the London Confession, the Second London Confession, and the New Hampshire Confession. These confessions gave rise to both the Abstract of Principles as well as the statement of faith to our church, the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message. In an effort to better clarify our Biblical position on portions of the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message, Highland Park voted to adopt five Doctrinal Statements in 2009. In 2016, Highland Park added that Statement of Basic Beliefs, summarizing essential Christian doctrine in just two pages.

At Highland Park, we make the conscientious effort to be confessional - believing that Christ will build His church because of doctrine rather than in spite of doctrine. Therefore, theology and doctrine remain a constant passion for the believing family gathered here.