Doctrinal Beliefs

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired. That it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter, and, therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the Will of God to man, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

1.By “The Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written does not only contain and convey the Word of God but IS the very Word of God.

2.By “Inspiration” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.

3.Based on its history, dependability and endurance, we believe the King James Version of the Bible is the correct Bible for English speaking people. It will be the source for teaching and preaching the Word of God at Hope Baptist Church and Hope Baptist Christian Academy. We will strive to use literature and materials that quotes from the King James Version Bible.

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:10, 26)
We believe that the only begotten Son of God is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, virgin born and God in the flesh. Jesus Christ is fully God and at the same time fully man. Jesus Christ is eternal; He has always been, He will always be. (John 1:1-2; Philippians 2:5-8; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation, and in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled, and He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
(John16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:5-9)
We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors, but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, he fell and drew after him a host of angels, that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and is the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy, the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness. He is destined to final defeat at the hands of God’s Son, and the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; Revelation 20:10)
We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that humans were created directly in God’s own image and after his own likeness, and therefore, human life is sacred and of inestimable worth; that God created male and female genders with equal worth and complimentary roles, with the headship role of the church and home designed to be fulfilled through male leadership; that biological genders are assigned by God and not to be diminished, altered or rejected; that creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or developments through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animals and vegetable life were made directly; God’s established law was that they should bring forth only after their kind and that man was assigned a role as God’s steward over His creation. (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11; Ephesians 5:22-33)
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:4-5)

We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15; 1 John 5:13)

We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of born-again persons, associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders and deacons, whose qualifications (including biological gender) are defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: First, to make individual disciples; second, to build up the church; third, to teach and instruct as He commanded.

We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of external individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Peter 5:1-4)

We believe that Biblical baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Baptism is symbolic of our death to sin, burial of the old man, and resurrection to a new life, and that baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42)

We believe that the Lord’s Supper (Communion) is a symbolic act of obedience and worship, to be done in remembrance of Christ’s atoning work upon the cross. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
The ordinances of the church are acts of obedience that can be participated in by those who are born-again by faith in Jesus Christ. These ordinances have no power to cleanse away the stain of sin; to participate in these ordinances does not save, neither does failure to participate bring condemnation.

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God. (Romans 12:1-2, 14:13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
Of the resurrection of Christ, we believe that Christ arose bodily the third day according to the Scriptures; that he ascended to the right hand of the throne of God; and that He alone is our merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God (Luke 24:1-6, 36-43; John 20:24-28, 21:12-14)

Of the rapture, we believe in the personal and imminent return of Christ who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. This return will be in the clouds and will take place in an instant, at which time, the dead in Christ shall rise first and also those which are alive and remain. (1 Corinthians 15:51-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Of the return of Christ, we believe at the end of the tribulation period, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel. (Psalm 89:3-4; Zechariah 14:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 20:1-6)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13)

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17;
Revelation 20:4-6)

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Matthew 25:41-46; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15)

Based upon the Word of God, we believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining
of one man and one woman, with gender defined as their unaltered biological gender. Any reference to gender in this document is based on this definition. (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2;
1 Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23.

We believe that rejection of one’s biological gender is a rejection of the image of God in that person.

Concerning the issue of human sexuality, we believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Any employee of the church or academy becoming pregnant or causing pregnancy as a result of consensual intercourse, outside of the marriage relationship, shall be terminated from employment. Employees convicted of sexual crimes will be terminated.

We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, pedophilia, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. (Genesis 2:24, 19:5,13; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)

Any employee engaged in homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, pedophilia, adultery, pornography or any other perverse sexual acts will be terminated from employment.

Any employee or student engaged in homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, pedophilia, adultery, pornography or any other perverse sexual acts will be required to participate in their home church discipline process (Matthew 18:15-17), with the goal to restore the individual to full fellowship with God and His church. (Galatians 6:1,2; Ephesians 4:11-16;
1 Thessalonians 5:14)

Persons engaged in or advocating these sins as acceptable before God will not be admitted into Hope Baptist Christian Academy’s employ, student body, nor volunteer base.

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10;
1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31) 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 HBCA.

No facility or grounds maintained by Hope Baptist Church shall be used for any purpose that is contrary HBC’s beliefs, including but not limited to wedding, house warming, baby or adoption showers for same-gender (and transgender) couples and/or “wedding” celebrations or “ceremonies”, and/or “anniversaries”. All HBCA employee, volunteer, student and family functions will be consistent with HBC beliefs.

Concerning the issue of divorce and remarriage, we believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. (Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:1-3)

Concerning the issue of the sanctity of human life, we believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. Furthermore, on abortion, we believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable. (Psalms 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24, 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:44) Additionally, this value and protection of the dignity of God’s image in human life extends to God’s assignment of biological gender. As such, the use of Hope Baptist Church facilities, gender specific ministries and overnight accommodations on church sponsored trips will be consistent with each person’s unaltered biological gender.

Concerning the issue of Civil Government, we believe that God has ordained and created all authority. We believe that civil government is divinely appointed, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, honored and obeyed, but all authorities are answerable to God and are to be governed by His Word.(Romans 13:1-7; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14)

This statement of faith duplicates the statement of faith of Hope Baptist Church. It does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself ,as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purposes of Hope Baptist Church’s statements of faith, doctrine, practice, policy and discipline, the Pastor is the final decision authority as one who must ultimately give account to God (Hebrews 13:17)