DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

A. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

 

1.  We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit through human authors, and were inerrant in their original forms, and that their teachings and authority are absolute, supreme, and final. II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Romans 15:14; I Corinthians 2:13

 

2.  We believe and accept the Holy Bible as our guide in all matters of faith and practice. We do not claim authority over individual conscience. John 16:12-13

 

B.  THE GODHEAD

 

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Deuteronomy 6:14; II Corinthians 13:14; I Timothy 2:5

 

C.  GOD THE SON – His Person and Works

 

1.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. John 1:1-2,14; Matthew 1:20,23; Philippians 2:5-11

 

2.  Redemption was provided by the substitutionary death of Christ through His shed blood on the cross. Our justification has been sealed by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5, 2:24; Romans 5:6,8; II Corinthians 5:21

 

3.  The Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven where He is presently our Advocate and Intercessor before the Father. Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 7:25; I John 2:1-2

 

4.  Jesus Christ will come again in the air to receive to Himself those who have trusted in Him for salvation. This personal, imminent return of Christ for His Church will be followed by the tribulation on earth, and then His Second Coming with His saints to the earth to establish the Kingdom. I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6

 

D.  GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, regenerates those who put their trust in Christ. In the present age He indwells all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, baptizes them into the Body of Christ, and seals them unto the day of redemption. Every believer is commanded of God to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:1-14; Ephesians 1:13-14, 5:18-20

 

E.  SATAN

 

We believe that Satan is the enemy of both God and man. Through him sin originated and his eternal destiny is to be the lake of fire. I Peter 5:8; Isaiah 14:12-17; Genesis 3:1-5; Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 20:10

 

F.  NECESSITY OF THE NEW BIRTH (SALVATION)

 

1.  We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God1. Having been told the penalty he still chose to disobey God by a deliberate act of his own will and thus was separated from God and came under the sentence of death2. As a result of sin, death passed not only upon Adam, but upon all men3. This death is spiritual as well as physical4. 1 Genesis 1:26-27; 2 Genesis 2:16-17; 3 Romans 3:23, 5:12, 5:17, 6:23; 4 Ephesians 2:1; I John 3:14

 

2.  God provided the only remedy for this separation when Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for sin and bridged the gap between God and man1. Man can only know and experience God's love and forgiveness by personally inviting Jesus Christ in his life2. 1 I Timothy 2:5; John 14:6; I Peter 1:18-19; Ephesians 2:8-9, 1:7; 2 Revelation 3:20; I John 5:11-13

 

G.  CHURCH

 

We believe the church is God's witness to the world through worship, fellowship, instruction and evangelism. Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:42-47

 

H.  BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER

 

We believe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper as taught in the Scripture are for the church.

 

1.  Water baptism is not a means of salvation, but a testimony of Christ as personal Savior and Lord. It is a symbol of our union with Christ in death, burial and resurrection. Acts 8:12-13, 9:18; I Peter 3:21

 

2.  The Lord's Supper symbolizes the death of Christ and is to be remembered until He returns. Each participant is to examine himself as to his qualifications to partake, and this is open to all believers since it is the table of the Lord and not the local church. Matthew 26:26-30; I Corinthians 11:23-24

 

I.  RESURRECTION AND ETERNAL STATE

 

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious1 punishment of the lost. Matthew 25:41-46; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:11-15; 1 Luke 16:19-31

 

J.  BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER

 

1.  We believe that the Bible is communication of God to man. Bible study is a necessary part of every Christian's life. Through the Scripture we are brought to a realization of the need and means of salvation1. The Bible provides direction for the life of the believer2. 1 I Corinthians 1:21; 2 II Timothy 3:15-17

 

2.  Prayer is the communication of man to God involving confession, adoration, thanksgiving, petition and intercession.

Living Hope Church
226 South 3rd St
(At the corner of 3rd & Clark)
Livingston, MT  59047
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406.222.1577
Office Hours:
10:00am - 3:00pm
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