HopeCC Beliefs

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired word of God. Furthermore, they are inerrant, infallible, and God breathed. The scriptures contain all we need to know God and His will for all mankind.
(John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 20:30-31)

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but because of Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and is unable to establish a relationship with God apart from the grace of God.
(Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12-19; Ephesians 2:8-13)

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. He became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order to reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that salvation is the gift of God, apart from works, offered to all who place their faith and trust in the atoning work of Jesus Christ. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus on Calvary is the only means of securing the forgiveness of sin. His bodily resurrection serves to validate His claims and separates Him from all others who claim to be God or speak for God. After His resurrection, Jesus ascended to heaven where He presently fulfills the role of Advocate and Intercessor for all who place their faith in Him.
(Matthew 12:38-41; John 1:1-2, 14, 3:14-18; Romans 1:1-4; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is a person who actively convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He supernaturally regenerates all who place their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, and baptizes all believers and places them into the Body of Christ. Furthermore, He indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption.
(John 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30)

Eternal Security of the Believer

Because salvation is the work of God, not man, all believers are eternally secure and are kept by the power of God. This truth is a great source of joy and encouragement to live holy. We are clearly forbidden from using our liberty in Christ to satisfy the desires of our flesh.
(Romans 8:38-39; 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 2:11-15; 1 Peter 1:5)

The Church

The church is the body of Christ and is made up of all born-again persons. We believe the establishment and continuance of local churches is taught and defined in the New Testament scriptures. We believe the church was given two ordinances: the Lord’s supper and believer’s baptism. Furthermore, we believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and places the believer into the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers, according to His sovereign will. Believers are encouraged to discover, develop and use these gifts to bring glory to God and be a blessing to others.
(Matthew 16:13-18; 28:18-20; Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 12:1-31; 1 Peter 4:10-11)

Marriage

Biblical marriage is defined as the holy union between one man and one woman. As such, we view marriage as a covenantal relationship and not merely a contractual agreement. It is within Biblical marriage alone that God intends sexual intimacy. We believe these truths are firmly established in both the Old and New Testament.
(Genesis 2:21-25, Matthew 19:3-9, 1 Corinthians 7:1-5, Ephesians 5:25-33, Hebrews 13:4)