What Do We Believe?

Hope Church Merthyr

What We Believe About...

God

We believe in the only one true God, creator, the eternal King and Redeemer of all that exists. In every way he is perfect – in holiness (there is no-one that matches his perfection), in justice, in love and in truth. He has shown himself to have existed for all eternity as one being in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three have the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are worthy of all worship, confidence and obedience (Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Mat. 28:19,20; Acts 5:3,4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6).

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the only inspired word of God that expresses the authority of God and being without error in the truths that it declares. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:21; 1 Cor. 2:13; Mark 12:26,36; 13:11; Acts 1:16; 2:4).

Humanity

We believe that humanity was made in the image of God with the purpose of knowing and enjoying him, and partnering with him in his world. However, humanity made a choice to reject God as King, and the glory of the God that we were created to know and enjoy. The consequences of this choice are seen clearly in sickness, death and judgment – the effects of sin experienced by the whole of creation. Through Adam’s sin all of mankind has fallen and inherited a sin nature, therefore man in his natural state is separated from God and unable to restore that relationship through any personal effort or merit. (Genesis 1:26; Romans 3, 5:12-19; Ephesians 2:1-3, 4:18-19).

Jesus Christ

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the unique Son of God, fully God; that he was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit, born to a virgin, fully man; that he is God’s chosen King, that he lived empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring about the restoration of God’s Kingdom on earth; that he was crucified as a sacrifice for the sins of all people, that he died, was buried and rose again in bodily form; that he ascended to heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father; that he will return in power and glory to judge the living and the dead. In the now, the victorious redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides freedom from the power of the enemy–sin, lies, sickness and torment.
(Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:14, 8:40,58, 11:33; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:8-10; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:8).

Salvation

We believe that salvation is a free gift of God, and is by the grace of God, offered to all through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Relationship with God can be restored to anyone through repentance, belief and receiving of Jesus as Saviour and Lord. The Holy Spirit convicts, regenerates, justifies, and adopts us as we enter the kingdom of God as His sons and daughters. This faith is expressed in works pleasing to God. We believe that all true followers of Jesus, having been justified, shall be kept forever (John 3:16, 14:6; Romans 3:28, 8:31-39; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-27,36-39; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the promised Comforter, not as a force but as a person who is fully God, sent at Pentecost to be the One Spirit who would unify all believers as one church; the One who fills and empowers all believers, empowering worship and service to God through all the gifts that he gives as described in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12; the One who is always present to testify about Jesus. He comes to live in a believer at new birth, by his indwelling the Christian is enabled to live holy and minister supernaturally. We believe in the baptism of the Spirit and subsequent, ongoing filling of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit according to Acts 1:4-8 and 2:4 is poured out on believers that they might have power to be witnesses. (John 7:38-39; 14:16-17; 15:26; 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:9; Phil. 3:3).

The Church

We believe in the Church as the body and the Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is made up of all who have put their faith in Jesus Christ; that we are a family unified by the Holy Spirit, commanded to pursue the unity of the faith in the bond of peace, loving one another as Jesus has loved us. The church has been given the mandate to carry on the works of Jesus Christ and to advance his Kingdom, living out the good news of God’s love, and making disciples of Jesus in all nations – teaching them to obey all that Jesus commanded. We believe that Jesus commanded his people to baptise with water and to remember his sacrifice through regularly sharing Communion. We do not believe that people are saved through these practices but that they demonstrate our desire to live for and serve him. We believe that the church is overseen by elders, supported by deacons, and that Jesus has given people-gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher so that the church is equipped in it’s mission and grows up in maturity. (Ephesians 4: 1-12; Matt 28: 18-20; 1 Corinthians 11: 17-33; 1 Corinthians 12-14)

Eternity

We believe in the increase of God’s government and peace; that the Lord Jesus Christ will return visibly in power and glory for his bride, the Church, and will bring about the making new of all things. We believe in the physical resurrection of the saved and the lost, the saved to eternal life, and the lost to eternal death (Rom 8:23; I Cor 15, Psalm 90:3-4; Rev 20:12-15; Mat 25:31-46).

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