Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith for Hope Church

We profess these essential areas of doctrinal teaching of which there has historically been agreement among all true Christians. Because of the specialized calling to be a family-integrated, elder-led church, we desire to allow freedom of conviction on other non-essential doctrinal matters, provided that any interpretation shall not become an occasion for disruption in the fellowship.

The Bible

We believe that God speaks in the Scriptures, revealed in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is the inerrant revelation of His will for salvation, and the only authority in matters of faith and practice. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches and trusted in all that it promises.

2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Isaiah 40:8; John 20:31; Psalm 19:7

God

We believe in one God, Creator of all things seen and unseen, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing. He is all-sufficient in and unto Himself and is the only source of all being, by Whom, to Whom, and through Whom everything exists. In a loving unity, God has revealed Himself to humanity by way of three equally divine and eternal Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:16-17; 1 Timothy 1:17

God - the Father

We believe that God the Father is a Spirit without form yet has substance. He is living, active and personal toward His creation, having limitless knowledge and sovereign power over the Creation. He has graciously purposed from eternity and is now working in time to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

God - the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus, as Israel’s promised Messiah, was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a life of perfect obedience (i.e., He lived without sinning). Though without guilt, He was condemned and crucified under Pontius Pilate. We confess that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His innocent blood as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. In accordance with Scripture, we believe that Jesus arose bodily from the dead, provided eye-witness testimony of His resurrected body, ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate. Belief in His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground of and hope for salvation.

Isaiah 53:10-12; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1,14; 10:30; John 20:11-18; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 10:19-25; I John 2:1-2

God - the Holy Spirit

We believe in the eternal Holy Spirit who was an active agent in creation and in God’s work through the Israelites to establish a holy people unto Himself. We believe that the Holy Spirit, who was sent by the Father and the Son, has come into the world to reveal and glorify Jesus Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to all who believe. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and keeps them in Christ until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; Romans 8:9, 14-17; Galatians 5:22-26

The Human Condition

We believe that God created humanity in His image, but in Adam’s disobedience, sin entered the world through the temptation of Satan. As a result of that fall, all human beings are now sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, under His condemnation, and spiritually dead. Only by faith in God’s saving work through Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reborn, and reconciled.

Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:1-7; John 5:24; Romans 3:9-23; 5:12-19; Ephesians 2:1-3

The Church

We believe that the church is comprised of those who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. We are a part of the body of Christ that is best expressed in a local congregation. The purpose of this assembly is to -1) celebrate corporate worship; 2) offer intercessory prayer; 3) strengthen family-focused discipleship; 4) encourage ministry to one another and to others in need; and 5) extend the Kingdom of God through personal missions and evangelism.
Matthew 28:18-20; I Corinthians 1:23; I Timothy 3:1-7; Acts 20:36-37; I Timothy 5:17-19

Christian Living

We believe that God’s justifying grace in Jesus Christ must not be separated from His sanctifying power through the Holy Spirit. God commands us to love Him supremely by loving others through sacrificial service. We express that faithful love in our humility, care, compassion, and justice. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples (at home, in the church, and around the world!), always bearing witness to the gospel in everything we do, in both word and deed.

John 1:12-13; 3:5-6; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 11:6

Christ's Return

We believe that Jesus Christ will come again to the earth - personally, visibly, and bodily - to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. The coming of Christ to establish His millennial kingdom is certain, but its timing is known only to God. This demands constant expectancy on the part of the Christian and motivates the believer to Godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

John 14:3; Matthew 24:36; 25:31; Titus 2:13

Response and Eternal Destiny

At the end of the age, we believe that God will judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and the believer to eternal blessedness. Amen.

Revelation 20:7-15; Matthew 25:31-32; Hebrews 9:27; 2 Peter 2:9