Our Beliefs

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.

2 Tim 3:14-17; 1 Thess 2:13

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Matt 28:19; John 15:26

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, He died on the cross as sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.

Matt 1:18-25; Lk 1:35; Isa 53; 1 Cor 15:20-23; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Pet 3:22; 1 John 2:1

We believe the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.

John 7:38-39; 14:16-17; 15:26; 16:13-14

We believe that man was created in the Image of God, but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

Genesis 1:24-27; 3:1-24

We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.

Isa 53; 1 Cor 15:3-4; Rom 8:1-9

We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the church during this age. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation.

Matt 3:15-16; 28-19; 1 Cor 11:23-26

We believe that the true church is composed of all such persons, who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ, of which He is the Head.

Matt 14:14-18; Acts 2:32-49; 2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23

We believe that only those who are thus members of the true church can be eligible for membership in the local church.

Acts 2:47; 1 John 2:19

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.

Col 1:18; Acts 6:1-4; 15:3-4,22

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

Rev 20:4-6; 1 Thess 4:14-18

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.

Matt 25:46; Rev 20:11-15

Our Values

The church subscribes to values found in the attitudes and lifestyle described in Scripture. Christians are to be in the world, but not of the world; this distinction – regardless of the complexity of issues involved – must certainly be characterized in some visible manner before the watching world. In fact, Jesus’ incarnation provides the basis for the church’s raison d’etre and missional emphasis: We love because God first loved us; we go as Jesus himself was sent to seek and save the lost. And because God’s redemptive work is always relational, the church believes and promotes a deep and joyful relationship, each person with his or her Lord, one with each other, and all together in fellowship with our God. David Prior’s book Bedrock: A Vision for the Local Church provides 9 priorities taken from Hebrews 12 & 13 for the Kingdom of God. By the grace of God, Hope EFC founds her values on these ‘unshakable things.’

Acceptable worship Heb 12:28,29

Love of the brethren Heb 13:1

Love for strangers Heb 13:2

Love for the under-privileged Heb 13:3

A sharing lifestyle Heb 13:16

Shared leadership Heb 13:7

Sound teaching Heb 13:9

Shame and suffering Heb 13:12-14

Leadership

Ability to Lead

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