Little Hope Baptist Church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. As such, our doctrinal beliefs are in accord with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. If you would like to read the full text of that statement of faith, please use this link Baptist Faith and Message Below is a summary of our core doctrinal beliefs.
We believe the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God, without any error, the all-sufficient authority in matters of faith, doctrine, and Christian living.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ and that He is true God and man. He died on the cross for our sins. he rose bodily from the dead, ascended to Heaven where He sits at the right hand of God the Father and is now our High Priest and Advocate.
We believe that Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and therefore is separated from God as a result of sin. Only through regeneration by the work of the Holy Spirit can man's salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
We believe that eternal salvation is the free gift of God, entirely apart from man's works, and is possessed by any and all who have faith in and receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
We believe in a regenerated Church membership. We mean by this phrase that only those persons who are old enough to understand their need for Jesus Christ as their Savior and who of their own free will have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior and made this commitment public are to be recognized as members of His Body, the Church.
We believe that baptism is only for regenerated believers. We believe the Scriptural mode of baptism is by full immersion and that it is the outward symbol of the inner transformation that God has effected in the life of the believer through their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Furthermore, we believe that the Lord's Supper is a symbolic memorial to Christ's suffering and death on the Cross for the salvation of believers. We believe that these are the two ordinances left by the Lord Jesus to be observed by His Church in this present age and that they are never to be regarded as a means for man's salvation but are symbolic in nature.
We believe in the personal, bodily, imminent, and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ and that His Second Coming inspires believers for dynamic and zealous life and service for Him while we await His return.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, the everlasting blessedness of the saved in Heaven, and the everlasting punishment and separation from God of the unsaved in Hell.
We believe in the autonomy of the local church, that each local church shall manage its own affairs and is not subject to any other religious body or organization.