Living Hope is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), a denomination holding to the historic Christian faith, committed to planting new churches in North America, and ministering the gospel around the world.
We believe that there is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who are the same in substance, equal in power and glory. He is the Creator of all things and made all things for His glory, and He is still active in His creation. (Genesis 1:1, Jeremiah 10:12, Romans 11:36)
We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17)
We believe that sin is rebellion against the Creator. It is any lack of conformity to the Law of God in act, habit, attitude, outlook, disposition, motivation, or mode of existence. Because of this sin, the world is broken and without true hope apart from Christ. (Genesis 3, Romans 3:10-18, Ephesians 2:12)
We believe that all people are created with dignity by virtue of being made in the image of God. Yet, all people are also in a state of sin and rebellion, and are thereofre unable to save themselves apart from God's mercy and love. (Romans 3:23-25; 6:23, Ephesians 2:1-3)
We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, and in Christ alone. It is not achieved through any effort on the part of mankind, but is solely the work of Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-10)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial and substitutionary death, atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation. We believe that Jesus, our Redeemer, was raised for our justification, and ascended into the heavens. There He sits at the right hand of the Father Almighty, continually making intercession for His people, and governing the whole world as head over all things for His church. We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind, to receive His people to Himself, and to renew all things. (Hebrews 1:1-4, John 1:1-18, 1 John 4:9,10, Revelation 21:1-7)
We believe that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to indwell and empower believers, to convict the world of sin and righteousness, and to glorify Christ. (John 14:16,17; 16:8-15)
Church & Kingdom
We believe that God is calling people into His family, called the Church, and that local churches are where He calls us to grow, learn, serve, worship, and minister. Our church is just one expression of the universal church (all those churches throughout the world that profess the true gospel of Jesus Christ). We believe that the church is the visible expression of His body and in it we are to pray, preach His word, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and participate in the sacraments. Sacraments are signs and seals - they are visible representations of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and they confirm our relationship with Him. We believe He has given two sacraments to the church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. (1 Corinthians 11:25,26, Colossians 3:15-17, Ephesians 1:22,23)
For a more in-depth look at what we believe you can read the Westminster Confession of Faith and visit our theology resources page for other recommended readings.