About Us Our Beliefs

Living Hope is a part of the denomination called the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC, BGCT). We believe that there are basic beliefs found in Scripture that are essentials. Things that are clearly taught in Scripture and are addressed below are essentials that are not up for debate; there has to be unity. However, there are other beliefs that are not essentials of the faith, so we allow freedom to believe as God has led you to understand the Scriptures. We simply ask that in all matters of faith and practice, we allow love to guide in areas of disagreement. The following is a summary of essential doctrinal beliefs concerning:

God (The Father)

There is only one true God, and he is sovereign and is the supreme creator and ruler of the universe. He is omnipotent, omniscient, unchangeable, holy, righteous, and the only true God. He has always existed in three co-equal and distinct personalities—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—while maintaining His oneness. The Father is the representative spiritual head of the Godhead, equal to the Son and the Holy Spirit.
(See Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24 and 10:30; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 1:8)

Jesus Christ

Jesus is the eternal Son of God, co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born of a virgin mother and lived a perfect, sinless human life. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all people by literally dying on the cross. He arose bodily on the third day to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. (See John 1:1-2, 14; Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 4:15)

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Son. He is present in the world to point people to Jesus Christ. He is the believer's deposit from God, ensuring spiritual guidance, understanding, and gifts. Christians are to be controlled by His influence. He also convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgement. (See John 14:16-17; Galatians 5:16-17; Ephesians 1:13-14 and 4:30; Hebrews 2:4)

The Bible

The Bible is God's Word to mankind. It is written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the God-breathed, inspired truth without any mixture of error. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction and the supreme and final authority for faith and practice in the lives of believers and the Church. (See Psalm 119; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 and 4:1-5; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

Human Beings

All mankind is created in the image or likeness of God to fellowship with Him and to rule over the earth as God's representatives. Yet, beginning with Adam, all mankind has fallen into sin, having rebelled against God, thus separating themselves from fellowship with God. Humans are spiritual and physical beings, the supreme object of creation, yet all humans are marred by a sinful nature. Thus, all humans sin and are separated from God by this attitude of selfishness and disobedience. (See Genesis 1:26-27 and 3:1-24; Romans 1:18-21, 3:21-23, 5:6-8, 6:23)

Salvation

Salvation is God's free gift to all who will accept it. Only by trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ on his/her behalf can a person be saved from sin's penalty. By repenting or turning from one's self-ruled life of sin and turning to Jesus in faith, one can be forgiven and become right with God again. The moment a person receives the gift of salvation, he or she receives eternal life. Since salvation is a free gift that is received, the true believer can never lose that salvation. Salvation is based on the promises of God rather than the self-effort of the Christian. Faith in Christ leads to works because salvation is a supernatural work of grace from beginning to end. (See John 3:16, 5:24, and 10:29; Romans 10:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:8-10)

The Church

The Church is the body of Christ on earth, of which Christ is the head. It consists of all true believers who have been sealed by the Holy Spirit. Locally, believers are united and gifted for mutual edification and worship and are equipped by the pastors and teachers to do the work of the ministry to the world. (See Ephesians 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:24-25)

Ordinances of the Church

All who have become Christians are directed to follow the two symbolic ordinances of the church. Water baptism by immersion is the obedient act of public testimony of a new believer's spiritual identification with Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. It is a reminder that in Christ our sin nature has been crucified and that we have been resurrected to live as a new creation. The Lord's Supper is a memorial supper started by Jesus for the purpose of remembering Jesus' death on our behalf until He returns. It is to be observed by all believers as a time of thanksgiving, communion, and renewal for daily living. (See Matthew 28:19; Romans 6; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20)

Eternity

When God created people, He created them for eternity. Our final destination for eternity will depend on our relationship with God. Those who have received salvation will spend eternity in an actual place called Heaven. Those who choose to remain alienated from God by their sinfulness and their selfishness will live eternally in an actual place called Hell. (See John 3:16; Revelation 20:15)

Recent Sermons

Daniel 2:31-45
December 17, 2017
Romans 1:1-6
December 10, 2017
Nehemiah 8:9-12
December 03, 2017
Nehemiah 8:1-8
November 26, 2017

Meeting Times

Sunday

11:00 a.m. - Worship Service