Sin is the failing to conform to God’s holy character, and is the transgression of his holy law (Romans 3:23; 1 John 3:4). Adam, the first man created by God, fell from his original righteousness and from fellowship with God by his disobedience and has brought sin, guilt, and condemnation upon not just himself, but upon all of his descendants. All human beings have inherited from him a totally corrupted sin nature.
Being sold to sin by our first father, every person is sinful not only in their thoughts, nature, and actions, but also in their omissions. All men are totally depraved and spiritually dead, and are alienated from God and from the life that is found in Him. The mind, will, and emotions of man are throughly corrupt and enslaved to sin. The unsaved, left to themselves, are entirely unwilling, and unable, to submit to spiritual truth and salvation. Sin’s consequence is death (Romans 6:23), and this death is two-fold: spiritual death is eternal separation from God (Ephesians 2:1); physical death, is the separation of the body from the soul (James 2:26). For the unsaved, death brings eternal damnation in hell and in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14-15). Man is thus hopelessly lost apart from the salvation that Jesus Christ alone offers.
Those who are saved have had their eyes opened to their rebellion against a holy God. They truly see their hopeless and lost condition before God’s bar of justice, and they have experienced the drawing that God alone can do. Through God’s work the saved have been made able to repent and to turn from their sinful, wicked ways, and to trust in Christ alone for salvation as is freely offered in the message of the gospel. In that salvation the believer has been forever united with Jesus Christ. He has been justified, declared righteous, in the sight of God by the imputation of Christ’s perfect righteousness. Believers’ have had their sins forgiven, and have been brought into the family of God. God has separated them from the power of sin unto Himself, and they must grow in holiness in this life through the sanctifying work of the indwelling Spirit of God, through their obedience to the Word of God, and through the ministry of the local church. God has preserved them secure in Christ, and He has enabled the believer to persevere in Christ and never fall away, thus assuring them of eternal life, until they are brought to be forever with Him.
Hope Church teaches the gospel, which must be proclaimed, heard, and believed for anyone to be saved (Acts 11:14; Romans 10:13-17; 2 Timothy 2:10). That gospel teaches that the salvation of a sinner is owed entirely to God’s grace, and that the damnation of every sinner is due entirely to their sin and unbelief (John 3:18; Acts 13:46).