Statement of Faith

Statement Of Faith

God

Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22 Psalm 90:2 Matthew 28:19 I Peter 1:2 II Corinthians 13:14

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He is infinitely perfect and externally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are equal and are one God.

Mankind

Genesis 1:27 Psalm 8:3-6 Isaiah 53:6a Romans 3:23 Isaiah 59:1-2

Mankind was created in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.  He is the supreme object of God’s creation.  Although mankind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by disobedience toward God called “sin.”  This disobedience separates us from God.

Eternity

John 3:16 I John 2:25 & 5:11-13 Romans 6:23 Revelation 20:15

Mankind was created to exist forever.  We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation found only in Jesus Christ.  Hell does not exist for eternity.  The lake of fire exists for eternity, to where Hell is cast in at the Great White Throne Judgement.  This is the eternal dwelling place for those separated from God.

Jesus Christ

Matthew 1:22-23 Isaiah 9:6 John 1:1-5 & 14:10-30 Hebrews 4:14-15 I Corinthians 15:3-4 Romans 1:3-4 Acts 1:9-11 I Timothy 6:14-15 Titus 2:13

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind by dying on a cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven and reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The Holy Spirit

II Corinthians 3:17 John 16:7-13 & 14:16-17 Acts 1:8 I Corinthians 2:12 & 3:16 Ephesians 1:13 Galatians 5:25 Ephesians 5:18

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God.  He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit indwells each believer at the moment of salvation, and continues to empower the believer with spiritual gifts, as He desires.  All spiritual gifts listed in the New Testament continue to this day, as God so chooses.  Any form or manifestation of a spiritual gift is not required for salvation.

Priesthood of the Believer

1 Peter 2:9 Revelation 1:6

Every Christian has direct access to God through Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, the sole mediator between God and human beings. However, the priesthood of all believers is exercised within a committed community of fellow believers – priests who share a like precious faith. The priesthood of all believers should not be reduced to modern individualism, not used as a cover for theological relativism. It is a spiritual standing which leads to ministry, service, and a coherent witness in the world for which Christ died.

Salvation

Romans 6:23 Ephesians 2:8-9 John 14:6 & 1:12 Titus 3:5 Galatians 3:26 Romans 5:1

Salvation is a gift from God to mankind.  People can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by believing and trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can mankind be saved from eternal separation from God.  Eternal life with God begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith.

Eternal Security

John 10:29 II Timothy 1:12 Hebrews 7:25 & 10:10-14 I Peter 1:3-5

Because God gives eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity.  Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the believer.  It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.

The Bible

II Timothy 3:16-17 II Peter 1:20-21 II Timothy 1:13 Psalm 119:105,160 & 12:6 Proverbs 30:5

The Bible is God’s Word to all mankind.  Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for the followers of Jesus Christ.  We believe it is inspired by God, it is truth, never changes, and without error.

Second Coming

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, 5:10 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 Revelation 14:14-16

We believe in the personal premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.

Believers Baptism

Hope Fellowship Church understands Scripture to teach that only professing believers qualify for Baptism.  Baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ, (Matthew 28:18-20) fulfilled by individuals who have submitted themselves to His Lordship, and profess to be born again.

Baptism only symbolizes the spiritual cleansing through divine forgiveness and the newness of life believers experience by virtue of their identification with Christ in His death and resurrection.  Baptism follows the salvation experience.  Baptism does not save an individual nor does baptism initiate any type of forgiveness.   Any Baptism prior to the salvation of the individual is not recognized as biblical baptism.

Baptism provides an opportunity for believers to make a formal profession of their faith before the church.  As a biblical rite of initiation into the body of Christ, the Baptism of a believer is considered a prerequisite for becoming a member of the church.  Hope Fellowship’s position is that Baptism by immersion paints the truest picture of dying to sin and arising to Christ and new life.

Communion                                                                                                                               Jesus’ Last Supper, the Passover meal He shared with His disciples on the night before He was crucified, is the Biblical foundation for the Communion meal  (Luke 22:19–20).  Communion is “the believer’s meal,” a sacrament intended for Jesus’ followers, by which they acknowledge and remember His work on the cross—the ultimate sacrifice made on our behalf for the forgiveness of sins.  Hope Fellowship extends an “open” invitation to the Communion table, meaning the invitation to receive Communion during a service is open to any follower of Christ, regardless of membership at Hope Fellowship.  Anyone who has accepted His forgiveness and surrendered their lives to Him is invited to share the Communion table.

The Sanctity of Human Life

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image.  Human life is of immeasurable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death.  We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps 139).

Marriage, Gender and Sexuality

We believe that God creates each person as male or female.  These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God.  (Genesis.1:26-27.)

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.  (Genesis. 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pedophilia, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.)

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Hope Fellowship, and to provide a biblical role model to the Hope Fellowship’s attendees and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Hope Fellowship in any capacity, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality and will not participate in the officiating of a same sex marriage. (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22).

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and turn from their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.)  We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Hope Fellowship.