Statement of Faith

Our ambition at Hope in Christ Bible Church is to glorify our living God by loving, learning, and living out His truth. We pursue this in every aspect of our ministry, from the preaching of the Word of God, to our men’s, women’s, and children’s ministries, as well as ministering our hope in Christ to the lost world around us. 

What We Teach at Hope in Christ Bible Church

“So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.”

II Peter 1:19

About Scripture

We teach that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written revelation of God. Phrases such as the “word of the Lord” appear 3,800 times throughout the Bible! They are inerrant and infallible in whole and in part as written by the biblical writers (John 17:17); they are the complete Word of God (Matt. 5:18). The Bible, therefore, is entirely true and never false in all it affirms. This includes areas such as history and science (Gen. 1:31; Ex. 31:17; Job:26:7-10). It is the supreme and final authority on all matters for our lives, family, and church (Jer. 23:29; Rom. 3:4; I Thes. 2:13). Hence, we must study it and submit to it (II Tim. 2:15; Ezr. 7:10).

We teach that the Bible is verbally inspired by God (I Cor. 2:10; II Tim. 3:16-17; I Pet. 1:20-21). Inspiration is that work of God by which the Holy Spirit supernaturally directed the writers of Scripture without excluding their human intelligence, individuality, and literary style, to record with perfect accuracy God’s own complete and coherent message to men (II Sam. 23:2; Luke 1:1-3). The very words of the Bible bear the authority of this divine authorship (John 5:39; II Chron. 29:25).

1. We teach that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments comprise the totality of Scripture. There is no other special revelation to be added to the canon which the church has historically recognized by the enablement of the Holy Spirit (Rev. 22:18-19).

2. We teach that the original autographs of Scripture were inerrant (expressing the words of God completely and accurately) and infallible (incapable of teaching error in any area) (Psalm 19:7).

3. We teach that although portions of Scripture may vary in degree of clarity, Scripture can only be fully understood by one who has the Spirit of God (I Cor. 1:18; Luke 24:32).

4. We teach the literal grammatical-historical method of interpretation. It is the duty of every believer to search and to study diligently the Scriptures depending on the Holy Spirit who illuminates Scripture’s significance (John 16:13-14). There is only one interpretation of Scripture which is determined by God for every text; Scripture never contradicts itself.

5. We teach the sufficiency of Scripture for all matters of faith and practice. Scripture is intended to change lives for God’s glory (II Tim. 3:15; John 20:31; Acts 20:32; II Cor. 3:18)!

About God

We teach that there is one true and living God (Deut. 6:4; Is. 45:5-6; I Cor. 8:4; Gal. 3:20), an infinite Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence and yet eternally existing in three Persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:16-17; Matt. 28:19; I Cor. 12:4-6; II Cor. 13:14) deserving our worship and obedience. 

About God the Father

We teach that God the Father orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace. He is sovereign in creation (Gen. 1:1-31; Eph. 3:9), providence (Is. 45:7), and redemption (Eph. 1:7-10). His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity (Luke 10:21) and His relationship with mankind (Acts 17:29). As Creator He is Father to all men (Eph. 4:6), but He is the spiritual Father only to believers (Rom. 8:14; II Cor. 6:18). He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass (Eph. 1:11). He continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events (I Chron. 29:11; Heb. 1:3). In Hi sovereignty He is neither author nor approver of sin (Hab. 1:13), nor does He abridge the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures (I Pet. 1:17). He has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as His own (Eph. 1:4-6). He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; He adopts as His own all those who come to Him, and He becomes, upon adoption, heavenly Father to His own (John 1:12; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:5; Heb. 12:5-9).

About God the Son,    Jesus Christ

We teach that Jesus Christ, the eternal Word of God was made flesh (John 1:1,14) –conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:35) and so is one Person with two natures, fully God (Matt. 1:23; Col. 2:8; Heb. 1:2-3,8-9; Phil. 2:5-6) and fully man(Phil. 2:7-8; Luke 24:39-40). We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross (John 19:33) at Cavalry for our sins (I Pet. 2:24) and rose bodily from the dead on the third day (I Cor. 15:1-3), as seen by numerous eyewitnesses (I Cor. 15:5-8). We teach the bodily resurrection of our Lord (I Cor. 15:17), His ascension into heaven (Acts 1:9-11), and His present life there as High Priest and Advocate for us at the right hand of the Father (I John 2:1).

About God the Holy Spirit

We teach that God the Holy Spirit is one of the three co-equal Persons of the triune God(Matt. 28:19; Acts 5:3-4, 28:25-26; I Cor. 12:4-6; II Cor. 13:14; Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 10:15-17), manifesting His Personhood through intellect, knowledge, mind, emotions, and will (I Cor.2:10-13; Eph. 4:30; I Cor. 12:11). In His ministry to the church, the Holy Spirit indwells (baptizes) each believer upon salvation (Rom. 8:9-11) and seals him unto the day of redemption (Eph. 1:14) (by death or rapture). We believe that only the Holy Spirit can open a man’s heart and mind to receive the Word of God (John 3:5-8) and that this is done as the Holy Spirit empowers the preaching and teaching of the gospel (Rom. 8:9-11; II Cor. 3:6).

About Salvation

We teach that all who repent of their sins, having received by faith the Lord Jesus Christ, are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God and heirs of eternal life(John 1:12-13, 3:3-7; Acts 2:36-40, 3:18-21; Rom. 8:14-17; I John 5:12-13).We teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace through faith on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works(John 6:43-47; Rom. 3:19-28, 4:16,18-25, 9:14-16,30-33, 11:6; Eph. 1:7, 2:8-9; Gal. 2:16;Titus 3:4-6). We teach that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given (John 3:3-8, 6:44, 10:27-30; Eph. 2:1-6; Titus 3:4-6). It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God, when the repentant sinner responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation (Luke 23:39-43; John 9; Acts 2:37-41; Rom. 10:8-10; Eph. 2:4-6,8-9; Col. 2:13; Titus 3:4-6).

About the Church

We teach that the church is the Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ, comprised of all Spirit-baptized believers in heaven or on earth (Eph. 1:22-23, 5:23; Col. 1:24; I Cor. 10:16-17,12:12-13). The Body of Christ exists under the authority of Christ’s headship mediated through the Scriptures in each local congregation (II Tim. 4:1-2; Col. 1:18; II Pet. 1:3-4, 19-21).The local church is the visible expression of the Body of Christ in any one place on earth(Rom. 16:23; Philem. 2), comprised of believers who have been baptized by water as a symbol of regeneration (Acts 2:41, 15:3-4, 20:20; Titus 3:5; I Pet. 3:21; Rev. 1:11).

About Mankind

We teach that mankind was created in the very image of God (Gen. 1:26-27, 31, 5:1, 9:6; James 3:9; I Cor. 11:7). Man’s creation was a direct act of God that took place on the sixth day of Creation (Gen. 1:27, 31, 2:7). All men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve (Acts 17:26), first parents of the entire human race (Rom. 5:12-19). Though created in an original state of holiness, Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden and incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Gen. 2:15-17, 3:1-7,5:5; Rom. 5:12-19, 6:23, 8:2; I Cor. 15:21-22). All human beings are born with an inherited sin nature and are sinners in thought, word, and deed (Gen. 6:5; Psalm 51:4-5; Is. 53;6). All people therefore justly deserve God’s eternal condemnation (Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 5:16-18; 8:1-4).

About Creation

We teach that in the beginning God created the entire physical universe for His glory (Psalm33:6-9, 148:5; Rev. 4:11, 14:6-7) out of nothing (Gen. 1:1; Psalm 100:3; Is. 42:5-6; Col. 1:16; Acts 14:14-15; Rom. 11:36). This creation was complete and pristine, free of sin and death, and within the age of man (Gen. 1:31, 3:1-7; Psalm 104:24; Rom. 5:12-19). He accomplished that creative work in a period of six sequential twenty-four hour days (Gen. 1:31; Ex. 31:17) and then rested on the seventh day (Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:9-11).

About Marriage

We teach Biblical standards for marriage and human sexuality. We teach that marriage is a gift created by God and is designed to be a lifelong covenant relationship between one man and one woman under God and that Scripture opposes any form of sexual intimacy outside this relationship.

In light of these biblical convictions concerning God’s beautiful plan as revealed in the Bible, we will only marry those who embrace these truths of God’s design for marriage and are members of Hope In Christ Bible Church.

About Angels

We teach that before the seventh day of creation God created spiritual beings called angels (Gen. 1:31; Ex. 20:11; Job 38:4-7), all of whom were originally holy and were created to serve God and to worship Him (Neh. 9:6; Psalm 103:20-21, 148:2,5; Is. 6:1-3; Luke 2:9-14, 15:10;Col. 1:16). Before the fall of man, as chronicled in Genesis 3, Satan rebelled against God and incurred judgment upon himself and numerous other angels who aligned themselves with him (Eph.2:1-2; II Cor. 4:3-4; Jude 6; II Pet. 2:4,9). These fallen angels are called demons (Matt. 8:16; Mark 5:1-17; Luke 8:1-2). Righteous angels are confirmed in holiness as ministers for God (I Tim. 5:21; Heb. 1:13-14).

About the Last Things