Statement of Faith


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Door of Hope Church is a conservative Christian Church based on the teachings of the Bible (66 books, excluding the Apocrypha).

 



 
MISSION STATEMENT

Working together with God to love and serve all people, inviting them to walk with us toward full devotion to Christ.
 

 
BIBLE
We affirm that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is the one and only infallible, authoritative, and trustworthy rule for faith and life, (2 Peter. 1:21, 2 Tim. 3:16).
 
GOD
God is the only Supreme Being with no gods created before or after Him in all of existence, in all places, in all time (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6; 44:8; 1 Tim. 1:17). He has always been God and was never anything else (Psalm 90:2).
 
TRINITY
There is one God in whom are three eternal, distinct, simultaneous persons -- the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. All three are the one God, coeternal, coequal, etc., yet there is only one God, not three gods, and not one person who took three modes, offices, or forms. (Isaiah 44:6,8; 45:5; Gen. 1:26-27; 3:22; Matt. 3:17; 28:19; Luke 9:35; 2 Cor. 13:14).
 
JESUS   
Jesus Christ is the Word (God) who became a man. He added human nature to His divine nature. He is both human and divine, and, therefore, has two natures. Yet, He is one person, not two. He is not part God and part man. He is presently a man, in a glorified body, one person, with two natures where one nature is wholly God and the other wholly man. (Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:5-13; John 1:1-3,14).
 
VIRGIN BIRTH   
Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived and born of the virgin Mary, (Luke 1:42).
 
RESURRECTION
Jesus Christ rose from the dead in the same body He died in after being in the grave for three days. He was raised in a glorified, physical body (still retaining his crucifixion wounds, John 10:25-28). He ascended bodily into heaven (Acts 1:9-11), sits at the right hand of the Father, and rules heaven and earth, (John 2:19; 1 Cor. 15; Luke 24:39). Likewise, we Christians will be raised bodily from the dead and spend eternity with the Lord.

HOLY SPIRIT
We value the influence, fruit, gifts and empowering of the Holy Spirit, both in bringing an individual to faith in Christ and in guiding and equipping every believer as a follower of Christ.

SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT
God the Father so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Word, became man, bore our sins in His body on the cross (1 Peter. 2:24), and died in our place, suffering the consequences of the breaking the Law (1 John 3:4), which is physical death (Rom. 6:23) and spiritual death (Isa. 59:2), that was due us (Isaiah 53:4-6). He became sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21). His sacrifice was a legal substitution for us (1 John 2:2; John 19:30; 1 Pet. 2:24). It was legal since sin is breaking God's Law (1 John 3:4) and substitutionary since Christ took our punishment (Isaiah 53:4-6) and tasted death for everyone (Heb. 2:9).  As a result, God's justice was satisfied, Christian believers are released from eternal punishment (1 Pet. 3:18; Matt. 1:21; 25:46; Rom. 5; 1 John 2:2), and their debt that our sin brings against us has been cancelled (Col. 2:14).
 
BAPTISM
We believe in Believers’ Baptism, that is only people who have reached an age where they can make their own confession of faith are baptised. The means of baptism is always immersion, believing that it best symbolizes being ‘buried’ and ‘raised’ with Christ (Romans 6:4). The act of water baptism does not save anyone. We are made right before God by faith, not by faith and baptism (Rom. 3:28-30; 4:3,5; 5:1; Gal. 2:16, 21; Phil. 3:9; see also Acts 10:44-48).
 
MAN'S CONDITION        
Man is fallen, corrupt, and wicked. Man believes in God by God's grace through faith (John 6:28-29; 15:5; Phil. 1:29), is unable to come close to God through his own efforts (John 6:44; Rom. 3:10-12), is born again not of his own will (John 1:13), nor can he understand the spiritual things of God on his own (1 Cor. 2:14; Rom. 8:7), nor can he earn salvation by his attempt at good works (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 4:1-6), nor once saved does he maintain his salvation by his works (Gal. 3:1-3). Conscious eternal punishment in hell and separation from the blessed presence of God are the consequences of the unregenerate person's sinfulness who has not trusted in the redemptive sacrificial work of Christ on the cross (Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 6:23).
 
SALVATION       
Salvation is being saved from the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner. Salvation is obtained by grace alone, through faith alone, in the work of Christ alone (John 3:16) and not by our good works (Rom. 3:28; 4:1-5; 5:1; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 3:1-4).
 
SANCTIFICATION             
Sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit makes us more like Christ in all that we do, think, and desire, and increases our ability to repent from sin -- by God's grace, (1 Thess. 4:7; Eph. 2:10; 1 Tim. 4:4; 1 Peter. 3:15; 2 Tim. 2:25). This process continues all of the Christian's life and is the result of salvation, not a cause of it, nor a contributing factor to it. Furthermore, the effort of sanctification does not maintain the believer's salvation.

SECOND COMING           
Jesus Christ will bodily and visibly return from heaven to earth with great glory and majesty.
 
ETERNAL JUDGMENT  OR REWARD 
All who are not justified by faith in Christ and his sacrifice on the cross will face eternal, conscious, and agonizing judgment away from the presence of God (Matt. 8:12; Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:14-15; 21:8).  Those saved by the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross will not suffer Eternal Judgement, but instead recieve eternal reward (Rev. 22:12).
 
EVANGELISM     
Part of the purpose of Door of Hope is to carry out the work of evangelism which means that we must teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, in every nation (Matt. 28:19-20).
 
KINGDOM WORK            
Part of being a Christian means to participate in expanding the Kingdom of God. Every Christian is to work for this end according to the gifts given him or her by the Lord (Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 12).
 
MARRIAGE        
Marriage is between one man and one woman where sexual intercourse is to be had only within that bond, between husband and wife alone.  Marriage is dissolved upon death.
 
LIVING 
Where possible, Christians are to live in peace with all men, suffering wrongs, false accusations, and misrepresentations with love and patience. However, Christians are free to defend themselves (Luke 22:36) and promote the truth of Christianity by correcting false teachings and refuting error (2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Pet. 3:15). Christians are to live in the world as examples of godliness and are not to participate in the sinful passions of the world.
 
CREATION          
God created the universe and all that is in it by his sovereign effort.  God brought the universe into existence by the exertion of his will.  Within Christianity, there is room for the interpretation of the six creation days (Genesis 1:1-31) to be literal seven 24 hour periods, but also longer periods. Nevertheless, Adam and Eve were real people, created by God just as Genesis says.