What We Believe
We believe that faithful Christians around the world can disagree on various interpretive aspects of our Christian faith, and still embrace one another as brothers and sisters in that faith. However, we recognize some core beliefs of Christianity as non-negotiable tenets of our faith. Those core beliefs are:
We believe in one God who exists in three persons: Father, son and Holy Spirit (Matt.3, 2 Cor 13:13, Rev. 1:4-5, Matt. 28:19). We believe that God is the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible (Gen.1, John 1), who is both just and merciful.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, our Lord. We believe that He was both fully human, and at the same time fully God (John 10:30, Matt. 26:63-65, John 8:58, Phil. 2:5-7, John 1, Heb. 1:1-3). We accept that the working out of this great miracle is a mystery. We believe that as both human and God, Jesus is worthy to be worshiped, and is able to do all that Scripture promises (Rev. 5).
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who with the Father and Son together is worshiped and glorified (2 Cor. 13:13). We believe that as Jesus promised, God sends His Spirit to dwell in each Christian (John 14:16-17, Luke 11:13, John 20:22, Acts 2:1-4, Romans 5:5, 1 Cor. 6:19). We believe the Holy Spirit instructs (John 14:26), empowers (Acts 1:8), informs (Mark 13:11), and guides each Christian (Gal. 5:5).
We believe that in His life, death, resurrection and ascension, Jesus Christ did all of the work necessary so that anyone who believes in His name shall not perish, but may have eternal life (John 3:16). We believe that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary (Matt. 1:18), suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He arose again from the dead on the third day. He ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty, from whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. In His life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus offers redemption, rescue, renewal, release, and reconciliation to all who believe in Him.
We believe that the true church of Jesus Christ is not a building or an institution. Rather, it is the ekklesia, the assembly of believers (1 Cor. 12:27). While Living Hope Community Church of Tucson is established as a distinct community of believers, we acknowledge our membership in and connection to the universal church of all Christians everywhere.
We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired Word of God, and as such is authoritative in the life of the church and every Christian. It constitutes our primary rule of faith by which all other confessions and doctrines are measured.
We believe that salvation comes by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and not by any works of our own power or by any other means (Eph. 2:8-9, Rom 1:17, Gal 2:15-16). While we believe that this gift of grace is available to all people (2 Pet. 3:9), we recognize that some will reject this gift, and deny the offer of grace through faith in Jesus.
We believe in the resurrection of the body, as outlined by the Apostle Paul by inspiration of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 15. We believe that as our Lord Jesus Christ was raised, so those who have died in Christ will be raised again according to the Scriptures.
HEAVEN & END TIMES
We believe that through our Lord Jesus Christ every believer is granted the gift of eternal life by the Grace of God. And although details and chronology of how and when God will bring His creation to fulfillment in the last days belong to God alone, we affirm that: our Lord will most certainly come again in glory (John 14:3, Matt. 24:25-27); the Lord will judge the living and the dead (Acts 10:42, 2 Tim. 4:1, 1 Pet. 4:5); some will reject the free gift of salvation that He provided, and will be eternally separated from God (Rev 14, Luke 12:36-48); the old world will pass away, and a new Heaven and a new Earth will be established, and they will be perfect (2 Pet. 3:13, Rev. 21:1); every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Rom. 14:11, Phil. 2:11); we will live forever in the presence of our God (Jude 21, 1 John 5:13, Titus 3:7, Rom. 6:23).
We believe that the sacrament of Baptism was instituted for all believers by our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore should be honored and performed in the church (Matt. 28:29). We further believe that the form of baptism should not be an instrument to divide the church.
We believe that the sacrament of Communion was instituted for all believers by our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore should be honored and performed in the church (Luke 22:14-19). We further believe that the mystery of Communion should not be an instrument to divide the church.
We believe that the institution of marriage was established by God as the union between one man and one woman (Gen. 1), and is to be held in honor by all people (Heb. 13:4).