CORE BELIEFS

God Centered

At Hope Community Church, we believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is central to our faith and the foundation for all that we do. We are an evangelical church that is committed to sharing the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ with all people, regardless of their denominational background. Our community is diverse, but we are unified by our shared belief in the life-changing power of the Gospel. We strive to live out our faith in practical ways that demonstrate God’s love to the world around us.

We affirm the eternal existence of God, revealed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – who are co-equal and one.

We believe that as God’s supreme creation, humans were made in His image, male and female, for His joy and glory, and with tremendous potential for good. Sin, an attitude of disobedience towards God, has separated us from Him.

Sin separates all humans from God, and only through faith in Jesus Christ as God’s sacrifice can we be forgiven and our relationship with Him restored. Salvation is a gift we can accept through faith or reject, and cannot be earned through self-improvement or good works.

We affirm that Jesus is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and that through Him all things were created. Jesus came to earth to offer Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people, dying on a cross, and rising from the dead to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He will return to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.  He is the only Way, the only Truth, and He is Life.

We were made for eternity, to rest and rule with God on Earth, but sin has separated us from Him. Through forgiveness and salvation in Christ, we can join Him again in heaven, while rejecting Christ leads to eternal separation from God in a place the Bible refers to as hell.

The person of the Holy Spirit is the expressed essence of God, co-equal with the Father and Jesus Christ. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ and lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation, providing power, understanding, and guidance. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, and while humans can reject God and lose their salvation, this is not the result of a lack of effort on the Christian’s part.

Communion is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ, symbolizing our new covenant. The elements of bread and wine (or juice) represent Christ’s broken body and the blood he shed for us on the cross.  It is a testament to a believer’s faith in the power of the cross to cover our sins.

The Bible was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, making it the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living, without error.

Baptism with water is a public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It does not have the power to save but shows the world that we have already been saved. It is a biblical command and demonstrates our love and obedience to Christ.