We believe that the Holy Bible was written by divine inspiration and that it is a record of God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a book of divine instruction.
We believe there is only one living and true God, and that the eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each member of the Trinity has distinct personal attributes but yet He is still one.
We believe man was created in the image of God by a special act of God Himself. Man was created free of sin and innocent but with a free choice. By man’s choice, sin entered the human race. Thus, the fall came by choosing to follow Satan and his temptation. Redemption comes through receiving Christ as a free gift and believing in one’s heart that He died for sins through the shedding of His own blood, and receiving and accepting the free gift of salvation offered to “whosoever will.”
We believe in the new birth as a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Church universal is the Body of Christ, and it consists of all true believers who are associated by their covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. The various local churches are smaller entities of the universal body of true believers. The Church operates under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and He raises up pastors and deacons as leaders. The pastors are the shepherds of the individual flocks.
We believe in following the example of Christ in water baptism. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and the believer’s death to sin, burial of the old life, and a resurrection to walk in the newness of life in Christ Jesus.
We believe in the Lord’s Supper as a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church remember the death of Christ by partaking of bread and fruit of the vine.
We believe that God ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of people related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. We affirm that God designed and defined marriage as the lifelong covenant relationship between one biological male and one biological female.
We believe that all human life is precious; that each human is a treasure to God. We believe that humans have been created in the image of God as biological male and biological female. Every person has been fearfully and wonderfully made by God and should be afforded love, kindness, compassion, and dignity.
This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs at Hope Haven of East Texas. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. When meaning is in question, our Board of Directors is the final interpretive authority for the organization.
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