HOPE CHURCH SHAW
WHO WE ARE
We are a group of Christians seeking to build a church that will declare the good news of Jesus and serve the community of Shaw.
We purchased a commercial premises on Eastway (opposite Asda) in August 2017 and then spent much of 2018 converting it into a church building.
We believe God intended the Christian faith to be lived out in community. The church is more than just a meeting on Sunday morning, it is who we are and what we do all week. We are committed to growing together in our knowledge and love for Jesus. We aim to share our lives with one another in community throughout the week.
As a Church we hold to the following basis of faith
There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in His holiness , justice wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to His sovereign will for His own glory.
God has revealed Himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and the New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God., Without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine.. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
All men and women, being created in the image of God have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to lo obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of our human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life , guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God, in order to know and please Him.
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all His words are true. On the cross He died in the place of sinners , bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by His blood. He rose from the dead in His resurrection body ascended into heaven where He is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for His people in the presence of the Father
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the Gospel. God in His love forgives sinners whom He calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life .
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply His work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding f the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers and gifts its members for worship, service and mission.
The universal Church is the Body of which Christ is the Head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in the local Churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God. And the preaching of the Word., The administration of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, for pastoral care and discipline and for evangelism. The unity of the Body of Christ is expressed within and between Churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between Churches exists only where they are faithful to the Gospel.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the Church by Christ as visible signs of the Gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into His Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in Glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.
David and Jan Collins