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7) What if two people who live together want to come to your
While two people who live together without benefit of marriage
may come to our church, they will not be accepted into membership
because their living arrangement would not support the Testimony
of the Church and violates not only God's commandment prohibiting
adultery, but also the more general lifestyle guidance of Philippians
1:27: "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy
of the gospel of Christ."
We would encourage them to attend our church and be fed by our
teaching and ministries and grow in their understanding of the
Christian walk. They would not be eligible for membership or leadership
before accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, rectifying their
lifestyle according to scripture, and attending our new members'
8) What do you believe about healing by God?
We do believe in God's power to heal. We practice, as a church,
what the Bible teaches in James chapter 5. James talks about those
who need healing in their lives and believe that it should be
prayed for; that they should call upon the elders of the church
and the elders will come and pray for that person laying hands
on them and anointing them with oil. That is exactly what we do
and have done many times here at Living Hope. The laying on of
hands and the anointing with oil is no sign of special power that
we have as leaders in the church, we all have the same power and
authority to talk to God about our needs. It is simply a way the
Bible reaffirms the presence of the Spirit in each of our lives
and the power of God to work in our lives.
We need to have the humility to realize that we do not always
know what God's answer is going to be on the timing of healing.
He has told us to put faith in Him and to trust Him for our heart's
desires. We, as leaders in the church and as a church, strongly
encourage prayers for God to be at work in healing all physical,
emotional, and spiritual hurts that we may have.
"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we
might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you
have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24
"Heal me, O Lord and I will be healed; save me and I will be
saved, for you are the one I praise." Psalm 30:2
9) How can modern music play a role in true worship?
All creativity has God as its source, and contemporary music
is no different. If our musical expression is a true reflection
of sincere and unpolluted, heartfelt love for God, then the style
or fashion of it cannot be wrong in the sight of the Father. Any
music that draws us closer to God in worship will be pleasing
to Him, because He has created us to worship Him. The traditions,
styles and individual tastes of men are extremely minor points
for God since He is delighted by the truth of our worship of Him.
"..the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and
truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God
is spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in
truth." (John 4:23-24).
If we devote ourselves to give our best in worship, that is the
heart that God observes, and delights to see.
10) Why do you have deacons and elders? Isn't that archaic?
The role of these servants is clearly recommended in the bible.
"Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere,
not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain..They
must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them,
let them serve as deacons" 1 Timothy 3:8, 10
At Living Hope these men serve in varied roles of ministry, in
support of both the pastor and our members. Because they are servant-leaders,
they help provide balance, wisdom and strength that is essential
to our church's healthy functioning as a spiritual organism. Much
of what we can accomplish as a church is due to the flexibility
and commitment of our elders and deacons.