Welcome to H.O.P.E. Community Church
At the core of our doctrine is the gospel of Jesus Christ—the glorious truth that Jesus Christ died and was raised so that sinners would be reconciled to God. The gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ is our primary passion and the driving influence in all our prayer, preaching, bible study, worship, outreach, and fellowship. But for those who find categories helpful, our church can be summarized as follows:
As an Evangelical church, we believe, first of all, in the gospel of Jesus Christ, that the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, through his death and resurrection, is the only source of eternal salvation and forgiveness of sins. Secondly, the Bible is God's inspired and infallible Word to humankind and the final authority in all matters of doctrine and faith. Third, becoming a Christian involves a definite personal conversion experience of salvation in which they are born again by the Holy Spirit. Fourth, every true believer is called to the Great Commission work of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
As a Reformed church, we are committed to the doctrine of God's sovereignty in salvation so that salvation is entirely a work of God's profound grace and mercy alone through faith in Christ alone for the purpose of displaying of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Beyond this agreement on the general tenets of Reformed theology, there are areas in which we differ from many Reformed traditions, such as infant baptism, cessationism (the belief that some miraculous spiritual gifts have ceased), and some traditionally Reformed types of church government.
As a Charismatic church, we believe in the continuing, personal work of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life in the process of sanctification and empowerment. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a subsequent experience in the life of the believer for the purpose of empowering them for service in the kingdom of God. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is going to manifest in the life of the believer in three aspects: Purity, Passion, and Power. We affirm that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit including prophecy, speaking in tongues, and gifts of healing are available to the church and should be earnestly desired by every believer for the edification of the body of Christ and the proclamation of the gospel.
As an Ecclesiastical church, we love the local ecclesia, that is, the church, and want to inspire all believers to a renewed deep and abiding love for the local church. The Holy Spirit desires to restore true unity and love for each other in the church, and this work must begin in the local church. We strongly believe that local churches are to be the primary means of advancing the Great Commission, in addition to being the context where all believers are to grow in holiness, be equipped for service, and bear witness to the saving grace of God. However, we recognize that commitment to the local church among believers has never been lower than it is at the present moment in our country. But we are believing God that he will raise up a generation that will 'Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified.' (Haggai 1:8).