Join us at Great Hope!
WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US on Sundays at 9:30 am at Great Hope in Inala as we worship the Lord Jesus Christ with uplifting songs and a God-honoring message.
Great Hope is a Bible-believing church with a passion and zeal to do the will of God.
Our strong desire is to see lives transformed and maturing spiritually. So when visitors decide to settle in and seek membership at Great Hope, we want them to use their gifts and talents to serve the Lord in areas they can use them best -- whether through singing, Sunday School, serving food, playing music, as group leaders, yard maintenance, in children's ministry, or any other area.
Come and share the commitment to true Biblical principles as we strive to help you and your family come closer to the Lord Jesus in your daily life. If you cannot make it physically, you can watch our Sunday services on Facebook live-stream at 9:30 am.
Pastor Mike Mills
Comments from those who have attended Great Hope:
"Warm meaningful fellowship, positive and welcoming people."
"Great Hope is a great place to worship the Lord, a place for the family."
"This is a warm and friendly small church with good preaching and teaching."
"And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence (first place)."
The vision of Great Hope Baptist Church can be summed up with the four beginning letters of the words that make up the name of our Church: GHBC
Great Commission: Mark 16:15 says, "And He said unto them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Our desire is to see the Gospel presented to every person in our community, country, and throughout the world.
Hope: If there is anything the world is missing today it is hope. We desire to show the world that the only true hope we have in life today is believing in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He provides true joy and peace. Romans 15:13, "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost."
Baptist: We have a desire to obey the Lord when He told his followers in Matthew 28:19, "Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Baptism is for believers, because baptism does not save, but it identifies us with the Lord Jesus and it is the mode that brings you into the membership of the local church.
Church: The church is a group of individual believers who have been united by their faith in Christ and have entered into a covenant to practise their faith, share their burdens, take care of one another, and most of all love one another. As a large family, we have a vision that every person who unites with us will never feel alone, and will be loved and cared for throughout their lives while they are members in our local church. 1 Corinthians 12:25-27, "That there should be no schism (division) in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular."
YOUR pastors AT Great HOPE
M: 0406 911 078
Director of Great Hope Bible Institute
M: 0490 868 806
1. Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired and that it has truth without any error for its matter. Therefore it is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man. The integrity of the Scriptures has been providentially and miraculously preserved in the Masoretic text of the Old Testament and the Received Text of the New Testament and is record forever in Heaven.
2. Of the true God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God. We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son (JESUS) and the Holy Ghost. These three are equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
3. Of Creation
We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively. We believe that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness. Man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms
4. Of the fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state. In consequence of this transgression all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defence or excuse.
5. Of the Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost, in a miraculous manner. He was born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God the Son.
bodily, personally and visible; that the "dead in Christ shall rise first", " that the living saints’ shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;" "That the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David; " and that
"Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet."
And how shall they believe in him in whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? ....
6. Of the Atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God. Jesus, by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin. He honoured the divine law by His personal obedience. His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust. Christ the Lord, bore our sins in His own body on the tree; "In whom we have redemption through his blood, " (Ephesians 1:7). We believe that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven.
7. Of Grace in the New Creation
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the one who is dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God. The new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man. It is solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
8. Of the Freeness of Salvation
We believe in God’s saving grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel. It is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and an obedient faith. Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of Christ and His gospel.
9. Of Justification
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe is His Justification. Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness. It is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood. His righteousness is imputed unto us.
10. Of Repentance and Faith
We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God. Thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy. At the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour.
11. Of The Church
We believe that a Church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel. The church is being understood to be the citadel and propagator of the divine and Eternal Grace. It is observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word. Its officers of ordination are pastors or elders whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission : First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the church; Third ,to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations. We believe that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit. It is scriptural for true churches to co-operate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel. Every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its co-operation on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline and of benevolence. On all matters of membership, the will of the local church is final.
12. Of the Resurrection and Return of Christ and Related Events
We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the Resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily “The third day according to the Scriptures;” “That this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven”. We believe that he will return and collect the all those who are saved dead and alive, "His Church" before the 7 year Tribulation.
13. Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that proper Biblical baptism is the immersion in water of a believer; in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. with the authority of the local church. It is to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, being a symbolic representation of our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. We believe the Lord’s Supper is a beautiful and sacred use of bread and the fruit of the vine to commemorate together the dying love of Christ. It is preceded always by solemn self-examination as we remember His death until He comes.
14. Of Missions
The command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this Commission was given to the churches.
Matthew 28:18-20, "And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and, lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. "
Mark 16:15, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."
John 20:21, "then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my father hath sent me, even so send I you."
Romans 10:13-15, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?"