First and foremost, how do you have assurance of truth in what we teach? How do we determine the principles and doctrine that are taught in our Sunday sermons, small group studies, and other gatherings? It’s simple…the Bible. The Bible is the ultimate authority and the measuring rod of all assertions.
Now, on to some specifics...
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.
- Statement of Basic Beliefs
- What We Believe about God
- What We Believe about the Holy Scripture
- What We Believe about Man
- What We Believe about Salvation
- What We Believe about the Church
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.