This Basis of Faith is a summary of what we believe. It is in substantial agreement with the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.
In accepting this statement as a summary of our faith, Hope Church is not setting up a standard above, or on a par with Scripture. We endorse fully the statement of The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith that “the Holy Scripture is the all-sufficient, certain and infallible rule or standard of the knowledge, faith and obedience that constitute salvation. All religious controversies are to be settled by Scripture, and by Scripture alone. All decrees of Councils, opinions of ancient writers, and doctrines of men collectively and individually, are similarly to be accepted or rejected according to the verdict of the Scripture given to us by the Holy Spirit. In that verdict, faith finds its final rest”. (Confession Sections 1.1 and 1.10).
The Basis of Faith above is the subordinate standard of our Church, and is binding only in so far as it is Biblical. It has no inherent authority, nor is it above revision or improvement. The Church binds itself to modify the Basis of Faith if it can be shown to be unbiblical in any way.