OUR BELIEFS

Planted firmly in biblical truth, the heart of Greater Hope Church is to reach those who are far from God and lead them to encounter Him in a new and personal way.


GOD

We believe there is one God – the Creator of the universe. God is not a remote, disinterested spectator – he is bigger, better and closer than we can imagine. He exists eternally in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

(Genesis 1:26,27; 3:22; Psalms 90:2; 14:1; Matthew 28:19; John 17:3; John 1:1).


JESUS CHRIST

Far more than a moral man or a great teacher, we believe that Jesus is who he said he was – the Son of God. Jesus is God showing himself to us.

He lived a sinless life, willingly offering Himself up as the ultimate sacrifice to cover the sins of everyone who has ever lived. He arose from the dead after three days, showing his power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords. We believe that Jesus is the only mediator between us and God and that we can know him personally. 

(Matthew 1:22,23; John 14:1-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; Isaiah 9:6).


SALVATION of MAN

We believe that God longs to be in a relationship with everyone He has created – but that sin separates us from that relationship. It’s impossible to make up for our sins through self-improvement or good behavior, but God extended His grace to us through Jesus to restore what has been broken by our sin. Only by accepting this gift and placing our trust in Jesus can we be saved from the penalty of sin.

(Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:9,10; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6)


Repentance

Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance, we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation.

(Acts 2:21, 3:19; 1 John 1:9)


Sanctification

Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God's Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. 

(1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11)


HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is present in the world to draw us towards God and make us aware of our need for Jesus. Through the Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us now. The Holy Spirit lives in the Christian from the moment of salvation, giving us the power for living, and understanding for truth and guidance in doing what is right. We believe that His power and gifts are available to all believers today.

(John 16:7-13; 14:16,17; Acts 1:8, 2:4,38,39; 1 Corinthians 3:16)


BAPTISM of the HOLY SPIRIT

It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and fully dedicated to the will of God until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(1 Thessalonians 5:23, Acts 1:8, 2:4, 4:31)


THE BIBLE

The Bible is God’s word; our ultimate source of truth, the foundation of our beliefs and our guidebook for living. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any error.

(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Proverbs 30:5)


MAN’S FALL & REDEMPTION

Man was created good and upright, for God said, "Let us make man in our image and after our likeness." Man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

(Genesis 1:26-31; Genesis 3:17; Romans 5:12-21)


SECOND COMING & ETERNITY

Jesus is coming again to be reunited with us. We believe in the literal second coming of Jesus, the literal rule of Christ upon the earth and the ultimate victory of the eternal Kingdom of God. Heaven and Hell are real places. For Christians, death is the beginning, not the end. We believe that man was created to exist forever. He will exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with God is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.

(Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 22:7; John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; John 3:16; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46)


SOCIAL CONCERNS & ISSUES

We examine life’s tough issues through the lens of our infallible guide and divine truth: Holy Scripture.

We believe God’s word is the ultimate authority on our Church, related policies and personal conduct. As Christians, our beliefs must be consistent with His teaching.

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image of God. Rejection of one’s biological gender is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning and is sanctioned by God, which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.

We believe that sexual immorality is any sexual activity outside of marriage.

We do believe that every person should be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. We oppose discrimination based on race, age, sex, and nationality.

We support the sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception to natural death.

We believe all people from every walk of life need God’s truth and must be made welcome to come fellowship and grow with us as we evaluate our lives together.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17)


SACRAMENTS (Ordinances)


WATER BAPTISM

Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

(Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38)


THE LORD’S SUPPER

A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross. 

(Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25)