Statement of Faith for Beacon of Hope

This doctrinal statement reflects the broad, mainstream, conservative evangelical  tradition which is consistent with the teaching of the Bible and which have stood the test of history and experience. We specifically affirm the following doctrinal truths:

  1. The Scriptures
    We believe that the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men of God “were moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of Scripture. The Bible is, therefore, without error (inerrant) in its original manuscripts. God has       supernaturally preserved the Bible, and it is the sole and final authority for faith       and life, providing encouragement, guidance, comfort and instruction for training       in righteousness. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
  1. The Godhead (Trinity)
    We believe in one true God eternally existing in three distinct persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) each of whom is fully and equally God, possesses all of the divine nature and attributes, and is totally worthy of our worship and service.       (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 1:14; John 10:30; 2 Cor.13:14)
  1. God the Father
    We believe that God the Father is the first person of the Trinity and is the            eternal, unchanging, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, all-loving, completely       just and perfectly Holy, Sovereign ruler and sustainer of the universe. His is       Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Father of all true believers.       (Gen.1:1; Eph. 4:6; John 1:12-13; John 5:19-21; John 17:1-5; Isa. 40:21-28;Isa. 43:10-13; Isa. 46:8-11; Rom. 8:14-16)
  1. God the Son
    We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity and is the only begotten eternal Son of God who became flesh to reveal God to man, to fulfill       prophecy, and to become the Savior of the lost world. In becoming man Jesus did not cease in any way to be God so that He is fully God and fully man, inseparably united in one person forever. Jesus was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit; born of the virgin Mary; lived a sinless life; died on the cross as the substitutionary, all-sufficient atoning sacrifice for all of the sins of all men of all time; was buried; bodily rose from the dead; physically ascended into heaven in His glorified, resurrected body; is seated at the right hand of the Father performing His ministry of intercession; will return in the air to claim His bride the church; and will come again to earth in bodily form, personally and visibly, to conclude human history and consummate God’s eternal plan and the eternal state of all people. (John 1:14,18; John 3:16; Luke 1:30-35; Phil. 2:5-8;Col. 1:3, 9; Mark 10:45; Acts 2:22-24; John 1:29; Rom. 3:25-26; Heb. 10:5-14;

    1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Pet. 3:18; John 20:20; Phil. 3:20-21; Heb. 1:3; Rom. 8:34;

    1 John 2:1; Acts 1:11; Heb. 9:28; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 2:7; Matt 24:44;

    Rev. 19:11-21; Rev 21:22)

    5. God the Holy Spirit
    We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity who specially       came into the world on the day of Pentecost to glorify Christ and to enable men to appropriate the salvation wrought by Christ. He is the primary agent for the conviction of sin and for regeneration. Simultaneously with salvation, the Holy Spirit imparts new life, baptizes the believer into the body of Christ (His church) permanently indwells the believer, and securely seals the believer unto the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit fills (directs and controls) those believers who are yielded to Him, enables believers to bear fruit, and empowers believers to live a life free from sin’s dominion. We also believe that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to believers for the purpose of edifying the church in accordance with the teachings of scripture. (1 Cor. 13:8;

    1 Cor. 14:22; John 16:7-8; 1 Cor. 6:19; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 4:30;

    Gal. 5:16-17; Gal. 22:23; Rom. 8: 5-13; 1 Pet. 4:10-11; Rom. 12:3-8)

 

 

  1. Man
    We believe that man was created in the image of God by a direct act of God and did not come into being as the result of evolution. Man was created to glorify God, worship and serve Him, and have fellowship with Him. Man fell through sin by disobeying God, thus incurring both physical and spiritual death, which alienated him from God. Man’s nature was thus, corrupted and he is utterly lost, “dead in trespasses and sins,” and totally incapable of saving himself and coming back into right relationship with God by his own merit or effort. (Gen. 1:26; Gen. 2: 6, 17; Gen. 3:17-24; Isa. 59: 1-2;Rom. 3:19, 23; Rom. 5:8; Luke 18:26-27; Eph. 2:13)
  1. Salvation
    We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole       basis for forgiveness of sins and salvation, which is the free gift of God’s grace. Salvation is affected by the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit and cannot be secured by man’s work or personal merit. Repentance is a turning toward God and away from sin and is a part of but not separate from believing faith. “The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” and those who receive Jesus Christ by faith are born again, have their sins forgiven, become children of God, are a new creation in Christ, and “are sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption” being kept by the power of God. (Eph. 1:7,13-14; John 1:12-13; John 3:1-7; John 14:16; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 1:16; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-10; Rom. 8:14-17;Rom. 31:39; John 10:27-29; Rom. 14:6; Acts 26:20; 1 Pet. 1:3-5)
  1. The Christian Life
    We believe that every Christian should live for Christ and not for himself and       should, by the power of the indwelling Spirit, allow Christ to manifest His life       through him to God’s glory. By ever increasing obedience to the Word of God, each believer should mature and progressively become more like Jesus; in the power of the Spirit, each believer should live a holy life; not fulfill the lusts of the flesh; exercise his spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ; witness for Christ; be personally involved in making disciples to fulfill the great commission; perform good works and bear fruit to the glory of God. (Gal. 2:20; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; 1 Pet 2:11; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; Rom. 6:11-13;Eph. 2:10; Eph. 4:11-12; Eph. 4:22-24; 1 Pet. 4:10-11; Acts 1:8;

    Matt. 28:18-20; Col. 1:10; John 15:8,16)

  1. The Church
    We believe that the church is the body of Christ ­of which Jesus is the Head and whose members are those who have truly received Christ by faith. The local church is a tangible expression of the body of Christ in a particular location. Since all members of the body of Christ are united in Christ by the same Spirit, they should live in love, harmony and unity. The purpose of the church is to make Christ known to lost men and women and to make disciples, and glorify God on earth. (Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:20-23; Eph. 4:1-6; Eph. 4:12-16; Matt. 28:18-20; John 17; Col. 1:24-29)
  2. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
    We believe in remembering our Savior’s death upon a cross by observing
    We believe in baptizing those who have received Jesus Christ and have  professed Him as Lord and Savior. (Mark 16:16; Matt. 28:19) the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper. (1 Cor. 11:17-31)

Approved by Beacon of Hope Launch Committee March 18, 2015