Hope Chapel Honolulu believes in the verbal inspiration of the Bible, the doctrine of the Trinity, and the deity of Jesus Christ.
We believe that human beings were created in the image of God but, because of the fall of mankind, are naturally depraved and sinful. We believe in the substitutionary atonement accomplished by the death of Christ.
Salvation by God’s Grace
The church teaches that salvation is by grace through faith and not by good works. Believers are justified by faith and born again, upon repentance and acceptance of Christ as lord and king. Consistent with our belief in human free will, we believe that it is difficult, but possible for a believer to commit apostasy, or reject salvation.
We believe that sanctification is a continual process of spiritual growth. You attain holiness through surrender and consecration to God.
Spiritual growth comes via Bible study, prayer and fellowship with other believers. We believe in the baptism with the Holy Spirit as an event, separate from conversion, which empowers the individual and the wider church to fulfill the church's mission of evangelization. We expect Spirit baptism as recorded in the Book of Acts, often accompanied by the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues.
Spiritual Fruit and Spiritual Gifts
The evidence of the Spirit-filled life is the Fruit of the Spirit, which is love.
We believe that spiritual gifts continue in operation for the edification of the church. We believe that divine healing is included in Christ’s atonement, the sick can be healed in response to prayer.
We await a premillennial return of Christ to earth. We also anticipate a future judgment where the righteous will receive everlasting life and the wicked everlasting punishment.
Hope Chapel Honolulu observes believer's baptism by immersion, where possible, and the Lord's Supper, or Holy Communion, as ordinances. We practice “open communion,” in that we do not restrict communion to our members. We limit weddings to members of our congregation whom we believe to enter into matrimony with adequate counseling. We also practice tithing to the church.
Making Disciples and Multiplying Churches
Jesus final instruction to the church is to “…make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything I commanded you” (Matthew 28:18)
The process of disciplemaking is central to all that we do. Our primary tool for this is a “MiniChurch,” or small group gathering corresponding to the ancillary home meetings in Acts 2:41-47. The MiniChurch is built around three questions:
- What did the Holy Spirit say to you through the teaching you received in weekend church services?
- What changes will you make because of this?
- How may we best pray for you?
We further believe in the multiplication of church by pastors trained within the local church. The MiniChurch process supports this process logistically and the Scriptures support it theologically.