WHAT WE BELIEVE
These statements are the essentials and non-negotiable. They form the foundation of why we exist and how we conduct ourselves and our ministry. In essential things we must have unity. There are many other things that are open to interpretation and we have liberty in those. And in all things we have love, we have charity.
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection and that they execute distinction but harmonious offices in the work of creation providence and redemption.
God the Father
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He Saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
We believe in Jesus Christ, existing eternally as God’s Son. In His incarnation He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, led a sinless life, enacted miracles and taught authoritatively. Believe in his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal visible return to earth.
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who was sent by the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully and verbally inspired, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct
We believe that salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
We believe that God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
The Last Things:
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.
THE LIVING HOPE CORE VALUES
We value deepening our relationship to God.
We value CHRIST'S LORDSHIP above all. Committing to a lifestyle of consistent spiritual growth with honest accountability.
We value the AUTHORITY GOD'S WORD and the guidance it brings to us individually and corporately
We value PRAYER, touching his heart and listening to His voice.
We value deepening our relationship with others.
We value SMALL GROUP as a primary disciple-making vehicle
We value EVERY MEMBER'S CALLING. Every member is a minister who has been given gifts to be discovered, developed and deployed.
We value MULTIPLICATION OF LEADERS, that will become reproducers (disciple makers)
We value DOING CHURCH AS A TEAM. We believe it is God's design for effective ministry.
We value EXCELLENCE in everything we do for God. Therefore, a growing spirit of excellence should permeate every activity.
We value deepening our relationship to the lost.
We value NETWORKING AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIP characterized by a genuine love and care in order to bring people to the saving knowledge of Christ.
We value MULTIPLICATION OF AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY of believers, to effectively reach world for Christ.