Statement of Faith
 

WE BELIEVE in one God who is eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and that He created everything out of nothing for His own purpose and pleasure.

WE BELIEVE in the existence and personality of Satan, his complete opposition to God and his power over the unregenerate.

WE BELIEVE that the 66 books that comprise the Bible are the plenary, verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts, and the guide and final authority in matters of faith and day to day life, interpreted by the Holy Spirit to each individual believer.

WE BELIEVE that man was created perfectly in the image of God, and when he sinned, mankind incurred both physical and spiritual death; thus man became eternally separated from God and is incapable of providing redemption for himself.

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 a virgin.

WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ lived a perfect and sinless life that fully pleased His Father; that He gave Himself of His own free will to be the sacrifice for the redemption of man and that He bore the judgment required by God's holy justice against sin, thus making it possible for God to remain just and yet at the same time to justify those who believe in His Son Jesus Christ.

WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, never to die again, and ascended to the right hand of the Father where, as high priest of His church, He mediates between God and man for those who are repentant believers.

WE BELIEVE that those who by faith alone and through no merit of their own receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour are miraculously born again of the Holy spirit and become children of God and partakers of His divine nature and eternal life.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit baptizes all true believers into the one true Church, His Body; that He indwells believers, bestows spiritual gifts upon them, and empowers them for service and holy living.

WE BELIEVE that by His word and power God has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness, including not only salvation from the penalty of sin but instruction in righteousness for present sanctification and victorious living to the glory of God.

WE BELIEVE that two ordinances, neither of which is essential to salvation, are to be observed by all believers in obedience to our Lord until His return: baptism and the Lord's Supper.

WE BELIEVE that at death the souls of the redeemed pass immediately into Christ's presence, to remain there until the resurrection of the body at Christ's return for His church. We also believe that at death the souls of the lost go to Hell, where they will remain until they are brought before Christ at the Great White Throne final judgment to be judged according to their works and cast into the Lake of Fire, there to remain eternally.

WE BELIEVE that our Lord Jesus Christ will one day return for His church to gather them as He promised.

The Word of Hope Ministry, Ontario, Canada

 

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