We believe that the 66 books of the Old and New Testament are the verbally inspired Word of God (II Timothy 3:16). The Holy Spirit revealed God’s truth to the minds of the human writers, so that using their own individual personalities they composed and recorded God’s perfect revelation to man (II Peter 1:21; I Corinthians 2:10-13). We believe that with the passing of the apostles the Bible was completed and that direct and divine revelation is not being given today (Acts 1:20-25; Ephesians 2:20; II Peter 1:21; I Thessalonians 2:13; Revelation 22:18-19). We further maintain that God has supernaturally preserved His revelation so that it is the infallible Word of God (Matthew 5:17-18; Psalm 119:160).
THE TRIUNE GOD
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory and having the same divine attributes (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 9:14).
GOD THE FATHER
We believe God the Father is perfect in holiness, boundless in love, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power (Isaiah 6:3; I John 3:6; Psalm 147:5; Revelation 19:6). We believe that God the Father orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose (Psalms 145:8-9). He has decreed, for His own glory, all things that come to pass yet He is neither the author nor approver of sin (Ephesians 1:11; Habakkuk 1:13). We believe that in eternity past God planned for the provision of Christ’s redemptive work (Ephesians 1:3-5; I Peter 1:18-20). We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, and that God is Father to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all people (I John 3:1, Acts 17:24-29).
GOD THE SON
We believe Jesus Christ, God the Son, eternally existed with the Father, but in His incarnation was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (John 1:1-2, 14; Matthew 1:18-25). As the God/Man, the Lord Jesus became perfect humanity and undiminished deity united in one person forever (Philippians 2:5-8). The Lord Jesus was sinless in His nature and life, making full payment for the sins of the world by His substitutionary death on the cross (I Peter 2:22; Romans 5:8). We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28; John 20 and 21), His ascension into Heaven (Acts 1:9-11), His present intercession for His people at the right hand of God (Romans 8:34) and His literal pre-millenial return to earth (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the deity and the personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-5). The Holy Spirit convicts the unsaved of their need for Christ (John 16:8-11). The Holy Spirit is the agent of the New Birth (John 3:5; Titus 3:5) who, at the time of salvation, permanently indwells, seals (Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13,14) and baptizes (places) the believer into the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13). He further ministers to the believer, teaching (I John 2:27), interceding (Romans 8:26), guiding (Romans 8:14), filling (Ephesians 5:18) and imparting spiritual gifts (I Peter 4:10; I Corinthians 12:11).
We believe God created sinless spiritual beings called angels. They serve as God’s ministering messengers, advancing the cause of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 26:53; Psalm 148:2-5; Hebrews 1:14). We believe in the existence of Satan. We believe that Satan was once the greatest of God’s angels who rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19). He is now the open enemy of God and man (Revelation 12:7-12) and he is destined to the judgment of eternal justice in the lake of fire (Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10). We believe that a number of angels were led away into sin when they followed Satan in his rebellion against God (II Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:4,13) and that these fallen angels are commonly referred to as demons (Matthew 12:24).
We believe the literal biblical account of creation, with the days of creation being literal twenty-four hour periods (Genesis 1; Genesis 2:7; Colossians 1:16,17). We believe that man was directly created by God, not by evolution. He was made in the image and likeness of God and was free of sin (Genesis 1:26, 2:7). When Adam, the first man, disobeyed God the entire human race was corrupted and plunged into a state of sin and incurred the penalty of physical and spiritual death (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12). Every person is born in the sinful condition inherited from Adam and also becomes a sinner by their choice to disobey God’s absolute perfect standards (Romans 1:18-3:18, 3:23). Every human being outside of Jesus Christ is under the sentence of separation and death and is absolutely powerless to change their sinful and condemned standing before God (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-9).
We believe that salvation from the power of penalty of sin is only found in the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16-17; I Corinthians 15:1-3). Full and complete forgiveness of sin, salvation from eternal death and the reception of eternal life cannot be earned by self-righteousness, good deeds or religious works (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 6:23). Salvation is offered to people as a free gift of God’s grace. It can only be received as a repentant person realizes his lost and hopeless condition and exercises saving faith in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross and in His resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:3-9; Romans 10:9-10; I Corinthians 15:14; John 1:12).
At the moment of belief the very life of Jesus Christ through the indwelling Holy Spirit regenerates the spirit that died in Adam (John 3:36, 5:24; Titus 3:5-6). The new believer is born into God’s family (John 1:12), and is made into a new creation before God (II Corinthians 5:21). In addition, the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ is given to the believer so that he or she is declared righteous (Romans 3:21-26), and is fully accepted by God in Christ (Ephesians 1:6). Those who are truly born again can never lose the gift of salvation (John 19:27-29; I Peter 1:5; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 8:35-39; Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection for salvation from sin is sufficient for every person who would ever live (I John 2:2; I Timothy 4:10; II Peter 2:1). We believe that it is God’s clear desire for all people to respond to the gospel of Christ (I Timothy 2:3-4; II Peter 3:9; Revelation 22:16-17).
We believe that every Christian should be a disciple of Jesus Christ, progressively growing in His likeness. (Titus 2:11,14; Philippians 3:10-17; John 10:10). Authentic spiritual growth cannot occur by the keeping of religious rites, rules or The Law but is a product of God’s grace (Galatians 3:1-3; Romans 8:2-3; Galatians 5:1-15).
At the moment of belief in Christ the believer’s identity is changed from a hostile and alienated sinner in Adam to a saint who is perfect and blameless before God in Christ (Colossians 1:20-22; I Corinthians 1:2). This new identity, though positional and spiritual, is a present reality (Ephesians 1:3-14) and is the primary New Testament motivation for progressive Christian maturity (Romans 12:1; Ephesians 4:1; Colossians 3:1-5). The power for overcoming the flesh and indwelling sin is achieved through the believer’s identification with the crucified and risen Christ (Romans 6:1-14; Galatians 2:20).
As the believer, by faith and by the power of the Holy Spirit, daily appropriates his identity (motivation) and identification (power) the very life of Jesus Christ is lived out in the believer. Joyful obedience to God’s Word will occur with the progressive replacement of fleshly values, emotions and behaviors with those of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:17-24).
We believe that the universal church is a spiritual organism composed of all born again people from Pentecost to the Rapture (Acts 2:14; I Corinthians 4:13; Ephesians 1:22-23; I Thessalonians 4:14-17).
We believe the local church is a congregation of believers who have come together in a local assembly for five purposes:
- Exaltation of God
- Edification in the faith
- Encouragement in Christ
- Equipping of believers for life and ministry
- Evangelizing locally and in the world through personal witness and aggressive church planting. The Apostle Paul’s explosive church planting was his attempt to carry out the Great Commission Jesus gave in Matthew 28:19-20. There is no greater way to reach people for Christ than church planting. (Acts 1:8, 2:40-47; Ephesians 4:11-12). It is the vision of the founders that Hope Bible Church become a church planting movement.
We believe that the churches of the New Testament practiced two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water (Acts 8:36-39). Baptism is not a requirement for salvation (Acts 2:41; 8:35-38; I Corinthians 1:16) but rather an act of obedience (Matthew 28:19-20) which beautifully testifies of the believer’s union with their crucified, buried, and risen Savior (Acts 8:36, 38-39; 16:31-33; Romans 6:3-5). The Lord’s Supper is a beautiful memorial of Jesus’ death that bestows no merit for salvation. The unleavened bread represents Jesus’ body that was freely given. The fruit of the vine represents His blood that was shed for the full payment of sin (Luke 22:18-20; I Corinthians 11:23-28; Hebrews 9:14).
The first event in God’s end time program is the rapture of the church. We believe Jesus Christ will come in the air for His church. At the moment of Jesus’ coming in the air all believers in Christ who have died will be raised in glorified bodies. The generation of Christians who are alive at this time will not endure physical death but will be changed in the twinkle of an eye, given glorified bodies and be caught up to meet the Lord in the air with the resurrected believers. We believe that the rapture of the church is imminent and will occur before the seven-year tribulation (pre-tribulation) (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-54; Philippians 3:20-21; Revelation 3:10).
We believe that following the rapture of the church will be the seven-year tribulation period (Daniel 9:25-27; Revelation 11:2-3). This tribulation period is a Jewish period (Daniel 9:25-27) where God pours out his wrath on an unbelieving world (Revelation 6:17) and uses this chastening to bring a remnant of Israel to faith in Jesus (Jeremiah 30:7; Zechariah 12:10).
This period will end the return of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish the literal Millennium (1,000) year kingdom on earth (Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6, 11:1-9; Acts 2:29-30; Revelation 20:1-6).
At the close of the Millennium Kingdom all who have not believed in Christ from all ages will be physically resurrected to face the Great White throne judgment, resulting in the second death which is eternal, conscious punishment in the lake of fire (John 5:28-29; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:11-15).
Following the Millennium Kingdom will be the eternal state. The present earth will be dissolved with fire and replaced with a new heaven and earth where only righteousness dwells (II Peter 3:10; Ephesians 5:5; Revelation 21). Believers will enjoy fellowship with God and one another forever (Revelation 21:1-8, 22:1-5).