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True Hope Ministries of America holds the Christian Holy Bible to be the True "Word of God", that is, His Message revealing Himself to mankind in a clear, non-subjective fashion in order that individual members of humanity may come to know Who is the One True God and be reconciled back to God The Creator of humanity (and all that exists) through redemption thereby receiving a place of everlasting life in God's presence and fellowship by acceptance of God's offer of HIS plan for a person's salvation.
  • We believe that the Bible is the ONLY source for true spiritual & moral, social & personal doctrine and theology.
  • We believe that the Christian Holy Bible:  1) Sets forth what is correct and right for all manner of living; 2) Sets forth the identification and definitions of - - sin, the penalty for the guilt of human sin and the remedy for that guilt which is found in and provided for only by Jesus the Christ; 3) Sets forth the disciplines of moral and spiritual living in Christ Jesus resulting from salvation which are - - that the basis for a life in fellowship with God as our Heavenly Father is that a saint (one who is born again, that is, "saved" by grace through faith in Christ) must reject outright any personal involvement or practice/participation in any conduct that is displeasing to God (as revealed in His Word) while embracing everything that is pleasing to God (as made know in His Word) and that success in this spiritually based life is only accomplished by faith in Christ Jesus as LORD.
All persons desiring to become members of True Hope Ministries of America shall be furnished with and must be in agreement through his/her understanding of our "General Statement of Faith", a synopsis of which is stated below:
OUR BELIEFS & FAITH ...

What We Believe About:
 
THE BIBLE:  We believe that the Christian Holy Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is inerrant in the various original manuscripts which were delivered to humanity through God’s inspiration of certain of His servants divinely selected to be the human writers of God’s message revealing Himself, His Laws, His Love and His Will to mankind; especially to those who are His people by the work of His grace through faith. {2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Corinthians 10:1-11}                   
 
We further believe the Bible is sufficient for knowing God and knowing His will that is necessary for both the present and everlasting welfare of mankind; the Bible is infallible serving as the supreme and final authority for all matters of life, both in Christian faith and conduct as well as the issues of secular life.        
 
{2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13; Deuteronomy 29:29; 2 Timothy 3:15; John 10:35}

GOD:  We believe that there is but one True and living God, eternal and self-existing and pre-existing all that is or can be known.  In essence God is Spiritual and personal and is infinitely perfect in all of His attributes and has chosen to express and reveal Himself in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God is the creator and sustainer of all things in the universe both seen and unseen and without God nothing can or does exist.          
 
{1 Corinthians 8:4; John 4:24; 5:26; Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16,17; Matthew 28:19}

JESUS CHRIST:  We believe that Jesus Christ is truly God taking on the life and body of a man born to a woman.  He is fully divine and also fully human. He preexisted eternally with the Father, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect life and died by crucifixion, in order to pay the penalty for the sins of which all humans are guilty. We believe that He arose bodily from being dead in the grave thus conquering death; that He ascended to heaven where He is presently High Priest and Advocate for His people, those who have accepted His offer of salvation and everlasting life by electing Jesus Christ as their Lord.        
Therefore Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords and is the only Savior from sin and for everlasting eternal life, and that He will return personally and bodily to the earth at the close of this present age.        
 
{Philippians 2:5-11; John 1:1; Matthew 1:23-25; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Timothy 2:6;
1 Corinthians 15:20; Hebrews 4:14-16; John 14:3; Acts 4:12}

HOLY SPIRIT:  We believe that the Holy Spirit is the fully Divine third personal expression of God and how today, God divinely and personally interacts with those people who by faith have been born again thus becoming the children of God.     
We believe that Holy Spirit was sent from God the Father by God the Son in order to:  Convict the world of sin and of a person’s individual need for redemption from sin by faith in Jesus Christ; to regenerate and indwell those who trust in Christ as Lord; to baptize into the Body of Christ those who are born again; to seal all those who are God’s people for the final day of redemption and in this present world guiding them into truth, filling and enabling them for a life of holiness, righteousness and victory empowering them for witness and ministry service. We believe that He gives spiritual gifts to and through believers for the proper functioning of the Body of Christ, which is the Church.  
 
{Acts 5:3,4; John 16:7-14; 3:5-8; 1 Corinthians 2:9-12; 3:16; 12:3-13,28-31; Ephesians 1:13,14; Acts 1:8}

SALVATION:  We believe that a person is saved through being born again through faith in Christ Jesus with said faith resulting from hearing the Word of God and being enabled by God's grace alone, with that salvation only made possible through the shed blood of Christ, whereby He died as the sacrifice for mankind as prophesied throughout the Old Testament and confirmed through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from death in the grave.
Salvation is offered to all people but must be accepted by individuals becoming effective when a person, by faith, acknowledges and calls upon Jesus Christ as Lord for his/her salvation.   
The benefits of this salvation include the forgiveness of sins; reconciliation with God as our Father; the impartation of new life and all the privileges resulting from this relationship with God.           
The assurance of salvation as a present possession is the privilege of every believer in Christ.
 
{Ephesians 2:8,9; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9; Acts 3:19;
Romans 3:28; John 3:16; John 1:12; 10:28; Philippians 1:6}

HEAVEN:  We believe that Heaven is a literal, real place which is the dwelling place of God, and of both angelic beings and the spirits of those humans who by faith in Christ Jesus have been born again during their earthly lives a state of existence far beyond anything man can experience in the physical world.       
Heaven holds the throne of God and of Christ Jesus the Lord from which He presently rules and reigns over the Church and the kingdoms of God and of Christ and is the everlasting destination of the saints that is presently being prepared for our dwelling place by the Lord’s own work.         
 
{Nehemiah 9:6; Matthew 18:10; John 14:1-3; 2 Corinthians 5:1-2; Hebrews 12:22-23; 1 Peter 1:3-5}

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE:  We believe that God expects every believer to live a life of obedience, in which every area of his life is conducted according to the directives of the Lord Jesus Christ and is evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit becoming increasingly manifest in his/her life.      
Every born again child of God should experience a life that is growing into conformity with the image of Jesus Christ as God’s child.  This life is characterized by self-giving love for God and for others, especially others who are born again children of God.         
The life and character of Christ, which grows through the Holy Spirit, is noticeably distinct from the life of the world.  
Any believer who resists the Holy Spirit’s work of grace and sanctification thus willfully failing to grow in obedience is chastened as a work of eternal love by our Heavenly Father so that he/she might be partakers of his holiness.      
 
{John 14:21; 2 Corinthians 10:4,5; Galatians 5:22,23; 2 Corinthians 3:18;
Matthew 22:37-40; 1 John 2:15-17; Hebrews 12:5-14}
 
THE FAMILY:  We believe that the family is an institution established by God to be the means of human expansion and growth, being the core of the social structure for all of humanity with the family bearing the primary authority over, and responsibility for, the well being, upbringing and education of children; that fathers are men in the marriage which bear the responsibility for the spiritual direction of the family and mothers are women in the marriage which bear the responsibility for the spiritual guidance of the children, following the father’s direction and leadership.            
 
{Genesis 1:28; Matthew 19:4-7; 12:50; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 11:18-19; Ephesians 5:21-33;   
 Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:11-14; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Peter 3:1-6; Hebrews 12:5-11}
 
THE CHURCH:  We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is His representative body of God's redeemed (born again) people upon the earth over which He is the head; that the total, universal Church is His Bride, whom He loves infinitely, and His temple, in which He dwells and through which He works with mankind on the earth.          
This universal Body of Christ is visibly expressed in local assemblies, whose purpose it is to glorify God through:  Worship, fellowship, ministry service, giving and receiving instruction in God’s Word, observing the ordinances of Christ and training the saints for service upon the earth for delivering His Gospel throughout the world.       
The supreme task in the mission of the Church is to make disciples for Christ of and among the peoples of all the nations that become born again through the proclamation and teaching of the Gospel.   
The Church is also responsible to demonstrate the love and compassion of Christ, through word and deed, among His disciples (born again followers) in the midst of, and as a witness to, a world alienated from God.      
 
{1 Peter 2:9,10; Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:25-27; 2:19-22; 1 Thessalonians 2:14; Ephesians 3:6-10;
 
Acts 2:42; Ephesians 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 28:18-20; 26:26-29; 1 John 4:17}
 
CHRIST’S RETURN & JUDGMENT:  We believe in the imminent return of Christ to take His people, both resurrecting those who are physically deceased and those living, to be with Him as He judges and rules the earth in righteousness.      
We believe in the resurrection of the body for both believers and unbelievers with believers going to be with Christ in conscious blessedness immediately after death, having escaped the condemnation of his sins through the death of Christ and surviving death through the power of Christ’s resurrection. The born again believer will have everlasting life surpassing life on this earth in the immediate presence of God; at some point being judged according to our works as His people, receiving rewards for those works approved by God or, to suffer loss for those works disapproved.         
The unredeemed person who has rejected God’s offer of salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ must face God as the eternal and holy Judge, who will sentence the unredeemed for choosing to reject God’s offer of salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ thus remaining in his sin-guilty state and will experience the punishment of eternal separation in hell and ultimately in the lake of fire away from the joyful presence of God.    
 
{John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Revelation 11:15; 1 Corinthians 15:20,23; Philippians 1:23;
 
Romans 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-21:5; Romans 2:11}
 
THE DEVIL:  We believe in the personality and depraved character of Satan, who is the great enemy of God and man.   
We believe that the devil, along with the company of fallen angels - demonic beings - serving him, works out his evil plans through the ungodly world system, limited only by the sovereign rule of God.         
We believe that the devil was initially defeated by Jesus Christ in the wilderness temptation and judged by Christ at the cross with the final execution of that judgment being be forever accomplished when the devil is vanquished by meeting his doom in the lake of fire, where he will remain forever.
 
{Matthew 4:3-11; Genesis 3:1; John 8:44; Revelation 12:9,10; 2 Corinthians 4:4;
1 John 5:19; Job 1:6-12; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 20:10}
 
HELL & LAKE OF FIRE: We believe in the existence of places of everlasting separation from God’s loving presence to which all spiritual beings that have chosen rejection of and/or rebellion against God as Supreme and those human beings that have rejected God’s offer of redemption and reconciliation through the shed blood of Christ Jesus.     
We believe that God does not desire to send any human soul to Hell or to the Lake of Fire but that this eternal sentence of punishment is the default choice of the human soul rejecting the Gospel of salvation.
We believe that neither, Hell or the Lake of Fire is the realm, domain or kingdom of the devil nor is the devil the ruler of either Hell or of the Lake of Fire but rather he shall be the primary prisoner, the chief occupant, of the Lake of Fire prepared by God for the devil and his angels.         
 
{Mark 9:42-48; Luke 12:5; Luke 16:19-31; 2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 1:18; 20:13-14}

 
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