DOCTRINE & BELIEF

At Real Hope we believe the Scriptures are the supreme authority and treat them as such for all matters of life and faith.


We teach from the Bible and arrive at all our essential beliefs through a clear understanding of the Word.


Below you will find our position on our essential doctrines.


In essential beliefs we have UNITY, in non-essential beliefs we have LIBERTY, and in all our beliefs we display CHARITY.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

GOD

We believe that there is one, true, holy God, eternal existing in three persons.

Father Son and Holy Spirit—each of whom possess equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality, while executing distinct, but harmonious functions. We believe that God the Father concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers,

and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

We believe that God the Father is the head of the Trinity. These three are co-equal and are one God. 

(Genesis 1:1,26-27, 3:22; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 7:7-11, 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2, 5:7, Romans 1:18-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14)


JESUS CHRIST

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus is the second Person of the Trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by virgin birth. We believe in His sinless life, miracles and teachings.

We believe that He voluntarily died on the cross to be our substitute, paying the penalty for our sins, rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, and ascended into Heaven. We believe that He is at the right hand of the Father and He is the ONLY mediator between God and man.

He will come again to earth, personally and visibly to fulfill God's eternal plan. 

(Matthew 1:18-24, 20:28; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:11-14, 20:28; Acts 1:11;  Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 1:1-4, 4:14-15, 9-28)



The Holy Spirit

We believe in the personality and present ministry of the Holy Spirit. We believe that He has been sent by the Father to be the Comforter, to convict men of their sin, to testify to the world of Jesus Christ, and to empower the believer to walk a victorious Christian life. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ at the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.  

(John 1:1; Luke 12:12; John 3:3-6; John 14, 15-16; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9, 16; 1 Cor. 3:16, 12:1-30; Ephesians 1:13-14, 5-18; Galatians 5:25)



THE Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that they are co-equal in every divine and perfect attribute of deity, and that they have distinct but harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

 (GENESIS. 1:1,2,26; DEUT. 6:4; MATT. 3:16, 28:19; JOHN 1:1-14; 1 JOHN 5:7; GAL. 4:4-6)

 

THE BIBLE

We believe that the sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without any error, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We believe it is God’s truth to man and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. 

(EX. 24:4a; PSALM 119:105,160, PROVERBS 30:5; MATT. 5:18; 2 TIM 3:16; 2 PETER 1:19-21)

 

 

HUMAN BEINGS

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. 

GENESIS 1:27; PSALM 8:3-6; ISAIAH 53:6a; ROMANS 3:23; ISAIAH 59:1, 2

 

CHRISTIAN CONDUCT

We believe that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. Believers that have a relationship with God are ultimately responsible to Him. Believers need to submit to the authority of leaders that God has placed over them. We are committed to the truth that believers are to live for the glory of God with the goal of being conformed to the image of Christ.  We are to honor God by obeying His Word, loving and serving others, sharing the gospel with the lost, and being faithful with our resources. 

(MATT 25:21; JOHN 13:34-35, 14; ROM 10:14-15, 12:1-2; 1 COR. 4:2; Eph 4:13)

 

SALVATION

We believe that since Adam and Eve sinned, all people are sinners both by nature and by choice.  Human sinfulness separates people from Holy God. 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. Jesus paid the penalty for all human sin by his suffering on the cross and offers forgiveness and eternal life to those who trust in Him as their personal Savior and Lord. 

(JOHN 1:12-13; JOHN 3:3, 16, 17; ACTS 20:21; ROMANS 6:23; EPHESISAN 2:1-9; Titus 3:5)


ETERNAL SECURITY

Because 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.  

JOHN 10:29; 2 TIMOTHY 1:12; HEBREWS 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 PETER 1:3-5

 

ETERNITY

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. (JOHN 3:16; 14:17; ROMANS 6:23; ROMANS 8:17-18; REVELATION 20:15; 1 COR. 2:7-9)

            

ORDINANCES

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion (wherein a person is completely lowered under the water) of a believer into water in the name of the Triune God, symbolizing the believer’s union with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  We believe that “The Lord’s Supper” was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death and spiritual self-examination of His people. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

(MATT 26:26-28, 28:18-20; MARK 1:8-11; LUKE 22:14-20; ACTS 2:41, 42, 8:12; ROM. 6:3-5; 1 COR. 11:23-32)


THE LAST THINGS

We believe in the 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 happiness of the believer. Those who follow Christ will enjoy eternal life in heaven. Those who chose to reject Jesus and live their own way will be separated from God and will be eternally punished in hell.

(MATT 16:27, 24:31-46; MARK 9:43-48; JOHN 14:3; ROMANS 14:10-12; 2 THESS. 1:7-10, HEBREWS. 10:27; 2 PETER 2:4-10)

 

CHURCH COOPERATION

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary, independent basis.

(1 COR 8:9-13; 16:13-16; GAL 5:22-26; EPH 4:1-3; JAMES 3:5-8)

 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority.  The church has specific functions and roles in society, which are ordained by God and therefore must have freedom to exercise religious liberty. Therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions.

(ACTS 5:29, 20:28-32; ROMANS 14:7-9; 1 COR 3:16; 1 TIMOTHY 2:5; COL. 1:18; ROMANS 14:11-12)

 

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

We believe that marriage was ordained and sanctioned by God at creation as in the joining of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.. All sexual relations must therefore be reserved for that union. Christian marriage is a representation of Christ’s relationship to His church. 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. We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this statement. 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 also believe that children are a blessing from the Lord. Thus all human life is sacred and worthy of protection from the moment of conception.

GENESIS 1:26-28; 2:24; PSALM 127 & 128; 139:13-16; MATTHEW 19:1-10; I COR. 6:9-11; EPH 5:22-33; HEBREWS 13:4.