What We Believe

Core Beliefs

The following are the core beliefs of Living Hope Bible Church based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.

The Scriptures

Every word in the original writings is inspired by God and is without error. It is accurate in all matters to which it speaks, spiritual, historical, and scientific. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the foundation of the faith and practice of Living Hope Bible Church.

2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:21

God

God exists eternally in 3 persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are mysteriously distinct in person but the same in essence. They are one God.

Gen. 1:1; John 10:30; 4:24; Deut 6:4; Mat. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14

Mankind

Man is created in the image and likeness of God. In Adam, all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men and women are now born sinners by nature. Men are justly condemned to eternal judgment and can do absolutely nothing to earn favor or make peace with God.

Gen. 1:26; Jeremiah 17:9; Rom. 3:10-18, 5:12; Rom. 3:23; Gal. 3:10; Rom. 6:23

jesus christ

The eternal Son of God became incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ, being born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. He died physically on the cross and was raised from the dead bodily three days later.

John 1:1,14,18; 5:18; Heb. 1:1-9; 5:8; 1 John 5:20; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 Cor. 15:1-5

salvation

Salvation is given to those who are chosen of God and drawn to Christ by the Holy Spirit. This is solely accomplished through the inseparable graces of repentance and faith, wherein a sinner turns from sin and trusts in Christ's substitutionary life, death, and resurrection for his soul's rescue from God's just condemnation and entrance into eternal life.  

Acts 4:12; 13:38-39; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 4:4, 5; 5:1, 19; John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Eph. 2:8-9; Phil. 1:29; Mark 1:15; Acts 11:18; Eph. 1:4,5; Rom. 8:1, 29, 30

sanctification

Every believer is promised positional, progressive, and ultimate sanctification.

Heb. 10:10,14; John 17:15-17; Eph. 5:26-27; 1 Thess. 4:3-4; 1 John 3:2; 1 Cor. 6:11

assurance

All who are born of the Spirit through faith in Christ can have assurance of salvation and are eternally secure in Christ.

Rom. 5:1; 1 John 5:13; Jon. 10:27-29; 17:12; 2 Tim. 1:12; Eph. 4:30. John 6:37

holy spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals all believers in Christ and empowers those yielded to God.

Matt. 28:19; John 3:3-7; Tit. 3:5; 1 Cor. 6:19; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 2:12; 12:13; Eph. 4:30

church

The church is composed of all those who believe in Christ alone for their eternal salvation. It is the body and bride of Christ, formed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit and existing in two aspects, universal and local.

Eph. 1:22-23; 5:24-30; 1 Cor. 12:4-13, 27

spiritual gifts

Spiritual gifts are God-given enablements designed to empower believers to serve the church and reach the lost with the gospel. Every true believer possesses a spiritual gift. Certain sign gifts or miraculous gifts were intended to be temporary and are not operative today.

Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28-30; 13:8-10; Eph. 4:11-13

christian life

Believers are called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit. This service includes the propagation of the gospel message to all peoples. All believers are promised rewards in heaven for their faithfulness in service.

1 Pet. 1:15-16; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 3:12-17; John 14:1-3

ordinances

The Bible sets forth two ordinances, the Lord's supper and water baptism. The Lord's Supper is to be celebrated regularly in remembrance of Christ's death on the cross, and in expectation of His return. Water baptism (by immersion) is an outward demonstration of the spiritual reality that a person has both died and risen with Christ in salvation.

Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 8:12,36-38; 9:18; 10:47; 1 Cor. 11:23-26

end times

The blessed hope of the church is the imminent and bodily return of Christ. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in a glorified body to the earth. In the end, the dead will be raised and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to hell, the place of eternal punishment. The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ forever.

Matt. 16:27; 24:27-31; 25:31-46; Jon. 14:1-3; Phil. 3:20-21; Tit. 2:11-14; Heb. 9:27-28; 2 Pet. 3:7-13; Rev. 1:18; 20:1; 22:21

Core Distinctives

What makes Living Hope Bible Church distinct?

we are lovingly reformed

we practice expository preaching

we are elder led

we are christ centered

we believe in the sufficiency of scripture

We Are a family

we cultivate intentional discipleship

We Are evangelistically minded

Music Ministry

Read about our philosophy of Music Ministry at Living Hope

Hope Songs

As we select songs to include in our congregational collection, our Hope Songs, we have certain criteria that we use, taken from various scriptures, including Colossians 3:16.

It's our belief that the time we spend together as the body of Christ singing his praises should be markedly different from any other musical experience in life because of what is taking place. We're not watching a concert or a performance, we're not listening to a few select people only...instead, we're gathered as the bride of Christ to sing of and proclaim his excellencies, his wisdom and his love for us. With that end in mind, our philosophy of music ministry is shaped by the following distinctions.

As we join together each week to praise God through song, it is our prayer that through the songs we sing, you are pointed to the truth of God's Word, reminded of the beauty of our King, and encouraged as you hear the family of God worshiping together with one voice.

Christ-exalting

We want our songs to be undeniably Christ-centered, Christ-exalting songs of praise and proclamation. When we gather as the bride of Christ, we select songs to sing that will turn our minds and affections towards the truths of the Gospel, the love of God made manifest in His Son, and the supremacy of Christ.

congregational minded

One of the joys we get to experience as Christians is the reality that we are a member of the body of Christ. When this body comes together to worship Jesus through song, each member serves one another by singing truth to God and to one another. As we hear our brothers and sisters in Christ singing praise, we're encouraged and exhorted by the truth we're singing and hearing.

informed by the word of god

God has given us a treasure in His Word, and what better way to praise Him than singing these truths to Him and to one another. As we sing, we should be singing truth in our hearts, truth that has been revealed to us in the Bible and illumined by the Spirit. When songs are selected, the lyrics are measured carefully to ensure they affirm the truth of the Bible and enable us to sing these truths accurately and easily.

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