Statement of Faith & Mission Statement
WE BELIEVE that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all.
WE BELIEVE that the SCRIPTURES of the Old and New Testaments are the Work of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice.
WE BELIEVE in GOD THE FATHER, an Infinite, personal, Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He Saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE in JESUS CHRIST, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, Ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth.
WE BELIEVE in the HOLY SPIRIT, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; we believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all the gifts of the Spirit.
WE BELIEVE that all PEOPLE are sinners by nature and choice and, therefore, are under condemnation; that God regenerates by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord; that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service.
WE BELIEVE in the one true CHURCH, as established by Jesus Christ and His apostles, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members.
WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ORDINANCES to the Church: 1) baptism, and 2) the Lordís Supper. We believe in baptism by immersion and communion open to all believers.
WE BELIEVE also in the LAYING ON OF HANDS, for ordination of pastors, elders, and deacons. We believe also in anointing the sick with oil.
WE BELIEVE in the personal, visible RETURN OF CHRIST to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless suffering of the wicked.
We at BLESSED HOPE CHAPEL ascribe to the mission and purposes of the New Testament Apostolic Church. The mission of the early church was five-fold:
- Worshipping God
- Walking in the Spirit
- Work of the ministry
- Warning the flock
- Witnessing to the lost
Worshipping God: Jesus taught, "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:24). Thus, we at Blessed Hope Chapel endeavor to worship God by the power of His Holy Spirit and in accordance with His holy truth found throughout the pages of scripture.
Walking in the Spirit: In keeping with the New Testament teaching, Blessed Hope Chapel exists to encourage believers to "walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called," (Ephesians 4:1b). We, therefore, exist to encourage individuals and families to live holy lives, which are pleasing to God; "walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh." (Galatians 5:16b). Like the Apostle Paul, "we proclaim Him (Jesus), admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ." (Colossians 1:28)
Work of the Ministry: We at Blessed Hope Chapel take seriously the New Testament admonition "for the equipping of the Saints for the work of service to the building up of the body of Christ;" (Ephesians 4:12). We, therefore, earnestly teach God's word in an in-depth manner with the goal of equipping each believer for the work of the ministry. We understand the body of Christ to be a spiritual organism in which each member ministers to one another.
Warning the Flock: We at Blessed Hope Chapel believe that we have a serious responsibility before God to warn believers against false doctrines, destructive philosophies and deceptive ideologies. Nearly every New Testament epistle was written to correct one false teaching or another (2Timothy 3:16-17). God holds leaders responsible for the souls of those under their care, and leaders will, therefore, give an account to God on the day of judgement (Ezekiel 33:1-9, Acts 20:20-21, 26-27, Hebrews 13:17, James 3:1 and 2Timothy 4:1-5).
Witnessing to the Lost: We at Blessed Hope Chapel take seriously Christ's great commission to share salvation with the lost, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20). At Blessed Hope Chapel we believe that every member is a minister, as the Lord has given all of "us the ministry of reconciliation" (2Corinthians 5:18b), and desires to use each of us as "fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19b) to reconcile the lost to God through the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.