Our hope at Living Hope is to embody and embrace grace and truth in a world of exclusion and confusion and to build bridges of understanding, partnership, and hope between us who live in close proximity yet worlds apart. We still believe the Bible is true, but that doesn’t mean that we look down on those who don’t, for we even believe the parts about loving your neighbor and enemies. We believe that what we believe should translate into what we do in public and private, in our society and in our own souls. We’re of many races and backgrounds, but we’re learning to live and love as one people of God.
We are Living Hope and at the same time, we are not. For Living Hope is not so much what we are, but what we have, because foremost, we have a living hope in Jesus Christ. He is the hope of glory in our hearts which feel rather empty sometimes. He is the hope of reconciliation and real love in our Christian community, when we come from such different worlds.
He is the hope of renewal for our beautiful yet broken City of Chicago. If that were not enough, He is the hope of redemption for the entire Creation. Our hope does not shift or drift, but it holds like an anchor to Jesus Christ, who is unmoved in His love towards the world that awaits His coming restoration of all things. We invite you to come join us in our worship and witness and work at Living Hope. But that means that we are simply inviting you to join us for what we are and what we do, but be awakened to what we have. Come and share with us a living hope in Jesus Christ.
BELIEFS ARE IMPORTANT
in particular, belief in what God has revealed in the Scriptures. We stand firmly on the following convictions, and welcome discussion with anyone who disagrees with any of them, for the basis for ultimate unity and understanding each other is not found in ignoring our differences but engaging them in love, with grace and patience, even as God has done for us.
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AMERICA
FROM PCA WEBSITE with commentary
We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. We stand confidently where the Bible speaks clearly, and we seek a posture of humility where the Bible indicates room for disagreement or need for further discernment. The Bible is not our ONLY source of authority, but the final and clearest of other sources (like Creation and church tradition).
We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is love and always has been, because God has eternally dwelt in communion; this is the living pattern of our own love in the family of God, as we are united in our various gender, social, and ethnic differences into one community of faith.
We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy. We believe that this is one of the clearest doctrines that we can be dogmatic about: we are often wrong in our thoughts, words, and deeds, and there is no difference among us all--we all fall short of God's glorious standard for a life that flourishes before Him.
We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith. What can we say but humbly worship and serve each other with grace and no whiff of superiority or self-applause?
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation. God personally came into the world as both the greatest man and the lowest of slaves, to seek and save and serve us; this message has the aroma of pure grace all over it, so different from every other human effort, impulse, and religion.
We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises. And we thank God that generational legacies can be extended and generational sins broken.
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him. We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself. We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life represented in every group, whatever the culture, class, or color, is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life, especially the voiceless and vulnerable.
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible written Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and source of all that we believe. For purposes of Living Hope Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Pastor and other Teaching and Ruling Elders are Living Hope Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s application.