The following is a brief statement of faith. For a more elaborate expression of what Branch of Hope Church believes the Bible teaches concerning the Christian faith, please consult the Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms.

1. The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith, and conduct. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32

2. The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. Genesis 1:1, 26; John 1:1-3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19; Ephesians 4:5-6

3. God the Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Luke 10:21-22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1-2; 2:5-6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6

4. Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, fully God and fully man, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and physical bodily return to earth Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30-31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9-10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16

5. The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, eternally generated from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. John 14:16-17; 26; John 15:26-27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Gal. 5:22-26

6. Salvation

We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death, which brought separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and as a result are also sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who, by the grace of God, repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior have evidenced their regeneration by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation, and receive eternal life. We believe that those who trust in the merits of Christ’s atoning work alone are declared justified in God’s sight and are credited with a righteousness which they do not in themselves possess Genesis 1:26; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; 5:2; Ecclesiastes 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 8:1; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 19:3,20; 20:10; 14:15; 21:18; Ps. 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17

7. The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of professing believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world all to the glory of God. We believe the children of believers to be part of God’s covenant family and are, therefore, to receive baptism as well. Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25; Genesis 17:10

8. The Sacraments

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two sacraments to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is with water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death, containing His spiritual presence. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26