Hope Church Tupelo Beliefs about God

God

Our beliefs about God, Jesus, and His sovereignty.

  • One God

There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three person: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Scriptural References: 1John 5:7,  Mathew 28:19, Genesis 1:1, John 1:1-2

  • Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is truly God and man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary.  He took on flesh and dwelt on earth.  He was without sin and yet chose to give Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice by dying on a cross.  Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven, where at the right hand of God, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.  This sacrifice was to pay for all sins (past, present, and future) for all who believe and accept Jesus Christ as Savior.

Scriptural References: 1 Timothy 2:5, Isaiah 7:14, John 1:1-2, John 1:14

  • God's Sovereignty

God is sovereign and in His sovereignty, He has given man a free will to accept or reject the gift of salvation. It is God's will that all would be saved and that none should perish. God foreknows but does not predetermine any man to be condemned.

Scriptural References: 2 Peter 3:9, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, John 12:32, Acts 10:34-35, Romans 11:32, 1 Corinthians 1:21, Acts 15:18, Psalm 90:2


What does the Church Mean

The Church

What we believe about the purpose of the church, and how we are to respond.

  • The Universal Church

We believe that the universal church is the spiritual body composed of all born again persons and that is the body and espoused bride of Christ. The universal Church Began on the day of Pentecost and could not have existed until Christ died, for the church must be redeemed by His blood, and it could only be formed by the present ministry of the Spirit in baptizing all members into one body.

Scriptural References: Acts 2:1, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 5:25-27

  • The Local Church

We believe that the establishment and continuance of local assemblies is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures and is made up of born-again persons. Membership in a local assembly has no part in salvation.

Scriptural References: Acts 2:42, Acts 14:27-28, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-11, John 1:12, John 3:16

  • Service

Christians are called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit, which service includes the communication of the Gospel message both home and throughout the whole world. There is a promised reward in heaven for faithfulness in such service

Scriptural References: 1 Peter 1:15-16, John 12:25-26, 1 Corinthians 3:12-15

  • Communion

In accordance with 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 and other Scriptures, the Lord's Supper, or communion, shall be administered in this church. This ordinance shall be observed at such time designated by the Board of Elders and all born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ shall be invited to participate.

Scriptural References: 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

 


What being a Christian means

Christians

What we believe about Christianity, our faith, and sin.

  • Sin

Although created in God's image, all men are sinners, fallen in Adam, hopeless apart form God's grace.

Scriptural References: Genesis 1:27, Romans 5:12, Ephesians 2:1

  • Salvation

Man is saved by undeserved mercy through faith and nothing of man enters into salvation; it is a free gift. Man's effort, regardless of how good or well intended, before or after salvation, has nothing to do with it. Salvation is by the finished work of Christ and nothing can be added to it.

Scriptural References: Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 2:16, Romans 11:6, Titus 3:5

  • Regeneration

Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for salvation. The moment a person receives Christ as Savior, he is immediately and permanently indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit. Only those who receive Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit and this become the children of God.

Scriptural References: John 3:5-7, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 4:30, Titus 3:5

  • Eternal Life

Every true child of God possesses eternal life, being justified by faith, sanctified by God, sealed with the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity; and they cannot lose their salvation. However, a Christian can, through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony, and reward, and incur the Father's chastisement. Relationship is eternal, being established by the new birth; fellowship, however is dependent upon obedience.

Scriptural References: John 10:27-29, Romans 8:1, Romans 8:38-39, 1 Corinthians 3:11-17, Hebrews 12:5-11, 1 Corinthians 11:30-32

  • Spiritual Gifts

It is a part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit to endow God's children with spiritual gifts. In accordance with 1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14, and other related scriptures, this church emphasizes those gifts that build up the entire church body. Therefore, during corporate worship the gift of tongues will be restricted according to the Holy Scriptures.

Scriptural References: 1 Corinthians 12-14


Scriptures we believe in

Scriptures

What we believe about the Word of God.

  • Scriptures

The scriptures, both Old and New Testament, are 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.

Scriptural References: 2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Corinthians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:20-21

Christian Views on Marriage

Marriage

What we believe about the sanctity of marriage and sexuality.

  • Marriage and Sexuality

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the church. We believe that the term 'marriage' has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one's sex, or disagreement with one's biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.

Scriptural References: Genesis 2:24, Leviticus 18:1-30, Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 5:1-2, 1 Corinthians 6:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Hebrews 13:4, 1 Corinthians 7:10, Ephesians 5:22-23, Mark 10:6-9


Christian view on Baptism

Baptism

What we say about the implications and meaning of Baptism.

  • Baptism

Baptism is an identification with Christ and the believers, and it is therefore, an ordinance of this church. Although baptism is not necessary for salvation, it is a public testimony of a believer's new Life in Christ. This church encourages all members to be obedient to the Scripture in relation to this ordinance. This church will baptize any believer who desires it even if he does not choose to become a member of the church. Our understanding of believer's baptism is that it is a post conversion experience by immersion.

Scriptural References: 1 Corinthians 12:13, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12-13, Acts 8:36-38