Our Belief

The Belief of HAFM is that all people are born with a sinful nature and remain “lost” without hope of salvation, unless they embrace the Gospel; that Jesus Christ made a complete atonement for the sins of all people, which is the sole means of man’s redemption; and that salvation comes solely by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe that faith without obedience is not faith, and that to gain salvation, a person must meet certain requirements which are set forth in the New Testament. These requirements are:

  1. repentance,
  2. water baptism in Jesus’ name, and
  3. the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues.

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remisson of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.” Acts 2:38,39 (KJV)

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Repentance
Salvation is not possible without repentance. One must feel a “godly sorrow” for sin, confess one’s sins to God (confession to another human being, such as a pastor, is deemed insufficient and unnecessary), ask him for forgiveness, and consciously determine to abstain from sinning again in the future.

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Baptism
Baptism is absolutely essential to salvation. In order for water baptism to be valid, one must be baptized in the name of Jesus as mandated in Acts 2:38 when Peter said “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost”.

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The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a free gift, commanded for all. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God (also known as the Spirit of Christ, Rom 8:9) dwelling within a person. It is the power of God which edifies (build up), gives the power to abstain from sin, and anoints the power to exercise the Gifts of the Spirit for edification of the church by the Will of God. Our doctrine of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is most simply explained as:

  • God dwelling within an individual,
  • God communing with an individual, and
  • God working through that individual.

The Holy Spirit is the title of the one God in action, hence the Holy Spirit within any individual is nothing more or less than God Himself in action, through and indwelling that individual. The initial sign of the infilling Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues, and that the New Testament mandates this as a requirement. Also speaking in tongues is a sign to unbelievers of the Holy Spirit’s power, and is to be actively sought after and utilized, most especially in prayer. However, the initial gift of the Holy Spirit is distinct from the “gift of tongues and interpretation” mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:10, which is given to selected spirit-filled believers as the Holy Spirit desires.