Here at Hope Center, we believe:
That ALL the scriptures in the Bible are true, Holy, and inspired by God, therefore, the Bible must be preached in its entirety.
- Not just the parts that are easy on the ears, and convenient for us to adhere to.
- It provides us with the blueprint for a healthy Christian life.
- Leonard Ravenhill puts it this way: One of these days some simple soul will pick up the Book of God (Bible), read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed. We have adopted the “convenient theory” that the Bible is a book to be explained, whereas first and foremost it is a book to be believed. (and after that…obeyed)
That there is only ONE true God, and He is manifest in 3 distinct beings, which we refer to as the Holy Trinity. They consist of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
That Jesus gave His life on a cross over 2000 years ago, so that we might be spiritually free today. Therefore we are to fulfill God’s great commission as found in the books of Matthew and Mark, and to actively seek out and be a witness to those who are lost and dying in sin.
That salvation through Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to escape eternal death, and is open to anyone and everyone, regardless of gender, race or the color of their skin.
- It is not something that can be earned, but is simply given by Grace alone.
That the “initial physical evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit” is speaking in tongues, as experienced in the book of Acts, and is highly beneficial to healthy Christian living.
That Jesus doesn’t just save and heal, but He delivers as well.
- This means that we believe addictions of all kinds are no match for His power. We believe that we do not live in a perpetual state of recovery, but rather a state of complete deliverance is available to all who ask and will walk in it.
We believe that our stance on issues, both public and private must match up with the Word of God, no matter how controversial.
- Abortion is not a choice, it’s murder.
- Homosexuality is not an “alternative lifestyle,” it’s an abomination to God and unacceptable.
- Therefore, based on the last statement, same sex marriage is not “equality,” it’s a grotesque misuse of a sacred covenant that the Lord intended for man and woman alone.
- Understand, this is not a statement of hate, but rather a stance purely based on what scripture teaches us.
- Society tells us that if we don’t accept the homosexual lifestyle, that we hate homosexuals. This could not be further from the truth. We love all people however…the SIN…we do not, and cannot condone. We accept all people, however…we do not accept the sin. In this respect, this would hold true for ALL sin. Those who gossip, lie, cheat, steal, etc. We’re all guilty of something, therefore, if we hate the person and not the sin alone, we are hypocrites.
- We will always accept the person, but we cannot condone the sin.
- Just to clarify this statement even further, ANYONE…is welcome at Calvary A/G regardless of race, color, political views or sexual preference. In fact, we welcome them with open arms and without passing judgment upon them. That is solely reserved for the Lord alone.
That our physical body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and as such, it is our responsibility to protect and maintain it to the best of our abilities.
That while our bodies are God’s home, our corporate place of worship is His house, and as such, should be respected and maintained accordingly.
That the leadership that the Lord chooses to be over our congregation is appointed by Him and as such should be honored and respected accordingly.
- The Pastor is not “One of the flock” he/she is over the flock, as such he/she should be address in an appropriate manner. This would include using the appropriate title of “Pastor” when addressing him/her. This would hold true for all Pastors including, but not limited to: Lead Pastors, worship Pastors, youth Pastors, Visiting Pastors, etc.
*** While some of these items might actually sound like a soapbox or personal rant, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Everything that has just been outlined, can be appropriately verified and traced back to scripture. That is why the previous list starts by stating our belief in ALL the scriptures.
More about what we believe can be found on the national A/G website at: www.ag.org. The information provided is under the tab labeled “Beliefs” and will provide more detailed explanations as to:
What We Believe
Our 16 Fundamental Truths
& Position Papers
- Which are basically our viewpoint, as a fellowship, on certain hot topics in society today. Examples include: as alcohol, divorce, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Gambling, the Sanctity of Human life, and the list goes on.
It’s important to remind you that, as it was stated earlier, all our stated beliefs must be validated with scripture, not opinion. That having been said, each Belief, Core Doctrine, Fundamental Truth and Position Paper is stated and then backed with numerous scripture references to support the stance.
Lastly, we are NOT a seeker sensitive church, in that, we do not believe that our services should be tailored in such a way as to make anyone comfortable or uncomfortable. The service is to be run as the Lord leads.
- This is to say that, while we do have a structure in place, if the Lord chooses to change things at any given time, then the Pastor and leadership is required by God to follow His lead.
- That having been said, there are no expressed time “limits” per se, on our services. While we do our best to respect everyone’s time, if the Spirit chooses to move for an extended period of time, or the service lasts longer than expected, anyone is free to leave at any time, but the service will continue until the Lord releases us.
*** If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the church office for more information. We would love to speak with you and address any questions or concerns you may have. ***
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