Our statement of Faith
Faith and Hope Care Center considers certain truths as being fundamental to an understanding of a relationship to the one true and living God.
I. One True God - The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent I AM, the creator of the Universe and the Redeemer of Mankind (Ex. 3:14, Is. 43:10-11). God has further revealed Himself as a triune being manifested as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19, Luke 3:22).
II Scriptures Inspired of God - The scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man; the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (II Tim. 3:15-17; I Thes. 2:13; II Pet.1:21).
III Jesus is the Son of God - The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and as such, shares in the Divinity and Deity of God (Matt. 1:23; II John 3).
IV Original Sin and the Fall of Man - Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness," (see Gen. 1:26-27). The first man, Adam, through disobedience, fell from the grace of God and thus sin entered into the world and death by sin. Adam's transgression incurred not only physical death for man but also spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God (Gen 2:17; 3:6-24). Man's prosperity to sin, because of his sinful nature, necessitates salvation from the power of sin and a savior to provide that salvation (Rom. 7:13-25).
V The Salvation of Man - Man's only hope of redemption and salvation from the power of sin is through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Rom. 5:13; 10:9; James 1:21; Eph. 2:8).
VI Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd and the Great Shepherd (John 10:11; Heb. 13:20). Jesus Christ is the one and only spiritual shepherd referred to in the New Testament (John 10:16).
VII The Church is the Body of Christ - The church represents the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and the church of the firstborn, which was written in heaven (Eph. 1:22-23; 2:22; Heb. 12:23).
Since God's purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the responsibility of the church is:
a. To be the agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19;Mark 16:15-16).
b. To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (I Cor. 12:13).
c. To be a channel of God's purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His
Son (Eph. 4:11-16; I Cor. 12:28; 14:12).
VIII The Ordinances of the Church -
Baptism in Water - The ordinance of baptism by immersion in water is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent of their sins and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. This is a declaration to the world that they identify with Christ in His death and have been raised with Him in newness of life (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Rom. 6:4).
The Lord's Supper/Communion - This ordinance consists of taking of the elements (the bread-symbolizing the Body of Christ and the fruit of the vine symbolizing the blood of Jesus) as symbols expressing our sharing the divine nature of the Lord Jesus Christ, (II Pet.1:4) a memorial of His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming (I Cor. 11:26) enjoined on all believers until He comes!
IX The Baptism of the Believers in the Holy Spirit - Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the enduing power for life and service, the bestowing of gifts or enablements of the Holy Spirit, and their uses in the ministry of the Body of Christ (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4; 8; I Cor. 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from the subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-15; 15:7-9).
X Divine Healing - Divine Healing was provided for in the Old Testament (Ex. 15:23-26; Ps. 103:1-3; Is. 53:4-5) and in the New Testament (Matt. 8:16-17; Acts 5:16; James 5:14-16).
XI The Second Coming of Christ - The second coming of Christ includes the catching away of the church (1 Thes.. 4:16-17), followed by the actual visible return of Christ with His Saints (the Church) to reign with Him on earth for one thousand years (Matt. 24:27; Rev. 1:7). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezek. 39:28-29) and the establishment of universal peace (Is. 11:6-9; Ps. 72:3-8; Micah 4:3-4).
XII Final Judgement - There will be a final judgement in which the wicked dead will be raised and will be judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the Devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matt. 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).
XIII Fundamental Truths (Hebrews 6:1-6)
a. Repentance from dead works
b. Faith toward God
c. Laying on of Hands
d. Doctrine of Baptism
e. Resurrection of the dead
d. Eternal Judgement
Finally, "Nevertheless, we, according to His promise, look for a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." Peter 3:13; Rev. 21:1