What We Believe

Calvary Chapel Living Hope

The name Living Hope is a reminder to those who have been spiritually reborn that they can fully trust Christ. Unlike the world's definition of "hope" that is based on chance and possibility; Biblical "hope" includes words like guarantee, expectation and anticipation. As a result, no matter how hopeless a situation may look, we are always filled with an abundance of hope.  Praise the Lord our hope is not based on worldly circumstances but on the promises and ability of God's Word.

1 Peter 1:3 …who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Rom 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Death to the Flesh (Self-Life)

The world, the flesh and the devil are the obstacles in which Christians war against every day of their lives.  Externally we battle the world and the devil but internally we battle the flesh.  The flesh is our "self life" not submitted to Christ's control.  It's that animalistic drive that finds it's only satisfaction in pleasing self.  The flesh is where the pleasure of sin is experienced; self-gratification, lusts and sensuality. The flesh blames others and makes excuses for itself.  The flesh says, "I'm not responsible; it's how God made me," or "it's genetic, biological or chemical so I can't help doing what I am doing or can't stop." Our flesh is vile and rotten to the core.

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells…

In addition, there is absolutely no use in trying to reform, modify or improve the flesh.  It is a disaster and has no redeeming quality.  Instead of loving and catering to our flesh, the Bible tells us the only solution is crucifixion.

Gal 5:24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

The unbeliever (void of the Spirit) remains dominated by the flesh because it's the only resource in which to draw strength. The believer on the other hand has a choice as to which resource is relied upon.  Those in Christ can look to the Spirit as a primary resource, or on the other hand (like the unbeliever) they can draw off the power of the flesh.  As a result, the believer is in a war between the flesh and Spirit. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish… Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors -- not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh… but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live… the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak…and those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Gal 5:16-17, Rom 8:12-14, Mat 26:41, Gal 5:24

Christian flesh has the amazing ability to adapt to its surroundings like a chameleon. If it is in the best interest of itself the flesh adapts itself to fit in to the ways of the world; on the other hand religious flesh can perform amazing feats at church.  It can sing like an angel or preach with the tongues of fire.

 

Transformation through the Christ Life

Our Lord's primary objective for His people is Spiritual transformation.  God the Father, by His grace works supernaturally through the Spirit to exchange the old life in Adam into the new life in Christ.  The transformation takes place incrementally as the believer through faith and humility surrenders his will and then spends time in getting acquainted with our living Lord.

2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Rom 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

When Christ lived on earth He demonstrated how to live a victorious spiritual life by depending upon His Father.  In the same way our only hope in living a life pleasing to the Lord is consistently coming to and feeding off of Christ.

John 6:57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

John 15:4-5 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Col 2:10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Col 3:11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

 2 Cor 3:17  and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

John 8:31-31 Then Jesus said, "If you believe in My teachings, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

2 Cor 3:6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Rom 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out,"Abba, Father."

 

All by the Amazing Grace of God

When Christians consider "grace" they usually think about the great unearned and unmerited favor God gives to lost mankind.  "Saving grace" is indeed one of the crowning achievements of the cross of Christ.  On the other hand, "sanctifying grace" (God's source of strength and deliverance for those in Christ) is as essential to the believer as saving grace is to the non-believer.  For this reason, it is vital to teach grace for growing and maturing Christians into fruitful saints.

*Grace is given for salvation and sanctification

Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

*Grace is given to us to overcome physical and emotional tribulation:

2 Cor 12:9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

1 Pet 5:10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

Grace is given for obedience:

Rom 1:5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,

*Grace is given for building up and establishing us in the faith:

Acts 20:32 So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Heb 13:9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.

Grace is given to serve God:

Heb 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

1 Cor 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

*Grace is given to overcome sin:

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Grace is given to receive the gifts of the Spirit:

Rom 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; Grace us given for all things pertaining to life and godliness:

2 Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

*Our part in receiving grace:

James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

2 Pet 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

*Grace is found in Christ alone:

John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

2 Cor 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells…

In addition, there is absolutely no use in trying to reform, modify or improve the flesh.  It is a disaster and has no redeeming quality. Instead of loving and catering to our flesh, the Bible tells us the only solution is crucifixion.

Gal 5:24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

The unbeliever (void of the Spirit) remains dominated by the flesh because it’s the only resource in which to draw strength.  The believer on the other hand has a choice as to draw off the Spirit or the flesh.

2 Cor 3:5-6 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

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