First Baptist Church of Hope
What We Believe

ABOUT GOD:
We believe there is one God the Creator and Ruler of the universe. We believe that He eternally exists in three distinct personalities; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
 
Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
 
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST:
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, His sacrificial death on the cross for the sins of the world, His bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven., His intercession for us, and His return to the earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
 
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy Trinity.  He is very much God, coexistent with the Father and Son.  The Spirit convicts of sin, comforts the believer, and guides the believer into the truth.  Simultaneous with regeneration, the Spirit baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ. 
 
Matthew 28:19, John 16:7-11, Acts 5:3-4, Romans 8:9, 1 Corthians 12:12-14.
 
ABOUT THE BIBLE:
The Bible is very simply God's Word. It is the only authority for faith and conduct and is the sole, legitimate standard by which all aspects of living are evaluated. It is inspired by God and is without error in the original writings. 
 
2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 19:7-11; Proverbs 30:5-6
 
ABOUT MANKIND:
We believe people are made in the image of God, but because of sin, mankind was separated from Him. We believe that man can be united with God, but it is only possible through accepting His Son Jesus as Lord and Savior.
 
ABOUT SALVATION:
We believe Salvation is God's free gift to us. We must be willing to accept it. We can never gain salvation through works or self-improvement (I'll be better); rather it is by faith in Jesus Christ that we are saved from sin's penalty. When we surrender our lives to Jesus by faith and faith alone we can be assured we are saved. We believe Eternal Life begins at the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life.
 
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 1:12, 3:16, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
 
ABOUT ETERNITY:
We believe people are created as eternal beings. We believe one will live in one of two places for eternity, heaven or hell. We believe all those who are saved by faith in Jesus will live for eternity with God in heaven. We believe all those who have failed to make such a commitment will continue to be separated from God by sin and live forever in hell. We believe both heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
 
John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9 

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