(John 3:16; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-6)
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 (I Thessalonians 4:3,5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).
We believe in the eternal security of all the saved; that such only are real believers as endure unto the end, that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; and that a special providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation. (John 10:27-30)
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a provision of bread and wine, representing Christ’s broken body and shed blood, partaken of by believers assembled for that purpose, in commemoration of the death of their Lord, showing their faith and participation in the merits of His sacrifice, their dependence on Him for spiritual life and nourishment, and their assurance of life eternal through His resurrection from the dead; its observance to be preceded by faithful self-examination. (I Corinthians 11:23-24)
We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; showing forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our union with the crucified, buried and risen Savior. (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3-5)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting felicity of the saved, and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. (John 6:39-40; I Corinthians 15:22-24; Revelation 20:12-15)
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16 ESV)
It is our desire and goal to follow the instruction of this verse in our times of corporate worship.
We understand that singing together is not simply an enjoyable activity. Singing is one way we teach the Gospel.
At Hope, we strive to sing the best songs available to us. This means singing rich, time-tested hymns as well as new songs. While singing older, more familiar songs is beneficial in letting the truths of Scripture dwell richly in us, we believe it is also important to incorporate solid, Biblical, edifying songs from modern hymnwriters.
For an example of songs you may hear on a Sunday morning, listen to this playlist: