The Bright Hope Community Church is committed to:
Seeking out the unsaved- bringing them into fellowship with Christ.
Reaching the lost by preaching and teaching the Word of God- Growing them up to maturity in Christ.
Encouraging participation in ministry- Sending them forth to serve the Lord.
What we believe about:
We believe the Holy Bible was written by men who were divinely influenced. The Bible is God’s explaining Himself to man. God is the author, salvation is it’s purpose, and contains absolute truth without mistake in it’s substance. We believe God’s Word is inerrant, infallible, and immutable. Exodus 24:4, Psalm 19:7-10; Isaiah 34:16, Acts 2:16; Romans 15:4
We believe there is only one true and living God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being. He is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. He is the Almighty Mover, Causer, and Director who is all knowing, all powerful, and ever present. He has shown Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit in three distinct yet separate personalities. He always is, always was, and always will be God. Gen 1:1; Deut 6:4 Psalm 19:1-3; 24:1-3; Ephesians 4:6; Hebrews 11:6.
We believe that salvation can only come through Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Regeneration or the “new birth” is the work of the Holy Spirit where believers become new creatures in Jesus Christ. By accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and the sinner turning away from sin and turning to God in faith, the believer is then justified through the kindness of God and receives complete pardon of all sin. The believer is then set apart or “sanctified” to begin a new birth. The believer grows because of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit living inside. We believe that salvation occurs when the sinner meets the conditions set forth by the Scriptures in Romans 10:9-10. Gen 3:15; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31;Acts 20:32.
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience and a picture of the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and resurrected Savior. Baptism is a picture of the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in the new life in Jesus Christ. Baptism is a requirement before taking the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is a picture of obedience whereby the church members eat bread and drink the fruit of the vine in remembrance of our Redeemer. Matt 3:13-17; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinth 11:23-39.
The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ is an independent local congregation of baptized believers. These believers are joined by shared agreement in faith and fellowship of the gospel. Believers agree to observe the ordinances of Christ, are guided by His laws, use the spiritual gifts, rights, and privileges given by His Word, and agree to walk in the unity of the Spirit. The church is the body of Christ and includes all believers throughout history from every people group, language group, and nation. Acts 2:41-42; Romans 1:7; Philippians 1:1;Rev 2:3.
We believe in the biblical institution of marriage. Marriage is the joining of one man and one woman with the purpose of being faithful to one another for a lifetime. Marriage demonstrates the union between Christ and His church. Marriage is God’s idea, and is a way for a man and a woman to increase the human race which was by specific design. We believe that all life comes from God, and that life begins at conception. Gen 1:26-28; 2:15-25; Joshua 24:15;Proverbs 1:8;Mark 10:6-12;1 Tim 5:8,14.