New to Hope
Have you ever tried to walk with a blindfold on, or run with your hands over your eyes?
How did that work out for you?
How did your knees feel when they banged against the wall, or your toes when they got stubbed against the table?
And how did you feel when you opened your eyes, and realized you weren’t where you thought you would be?
Vision is critical to the well-being of our physical bodies, and vision is just as important to the Body of Christ – the church. Vision helps us understand where we are going and how the different parts of our body need to work together to get us there. Vision tells us when danger lies ahead and what we should do to avoid it. Vision beckons us to something greater than we are today.
Hope Church has one simple vision:
Following Jesus Together.
Why “Following Jesus Together”? We’d love to tell you…
As we read the Scriptures, our understanding is that God’s purpose for the local church is best summarized in the word “Discipleship”. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the first synonym of “Disciple” is “Follower”; and that is exactly what we are, followers of Jesus Christ. We believe that all of the purposes God has given us, such as to glorify God, to care for those in need, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to proclaim the good news of Jesus around the world, and to obey His commands are bound together in this one idea of following Jesus.
At Hope Church, we also find it instructive that when Jesus called the original twelve disciples, He did not call them to a life of following Him by themselves, but with one another, in fellowship – together. The rest of Scripture makes it plain: God’s design for His people is not that they would be a loose association of believing individuals, but a body bound to one another in love, grace and truth. And so that is our vision for this body as well: to follow Jesus, and to follow Jesus together.
What Hope Church believes about God, how He relates to us, and how we relate to Him is foundational in its teachings. Hope Church wholeheartedly serves God and the people of His world, based soundly on the Bible. We live and die by these words and believe they bring the only life worth living—one wholly committed to the King Jesus.
There is one God,(1) who is infinitely perfect,(2) existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.(3)
Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man.(4) He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.(5) He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust,(6) as a substitutionary sacrifice,(7) and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.(8) He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures.(9) He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest.(10) He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace.(11)
The Holy Spirit is a divine person,(12) sent to indwell, guide, teach, empower the believer,(13) and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.(14)
The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.(15)
Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God:(16) he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature,(17) are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.(18) The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment;(19) and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss.(20)
Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.(21)
It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly,(22) being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service.(23) This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion.(24)
Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body.(25) Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age.(26)
The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, (27) which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations.(28) The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.(29)
There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life;(30) for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.(31)
The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent(32) and will be personal, visible, and premillennial.(33) This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.(34)
 Deuteronomy 6:4,  Matthew 5:48,  Matthew 28:19,  Philippians 2:6â11,  Luke 1:34â38,  1 Peter 3:18,  Hebrews 2:9,  Romans 5:9, Acts 2:23â24,  Hebrews 8:1,  Matthew 26:64,  John 14:15â18,  John 16:13; Acts 1:8,  John 16:7â11,  2 Peter 1:20â21; 2 Timothy 3:15â16,  Genesis 1:27,  Romans 3:23,  1 Corinthians15:20â23,  Revelation 21:8,  Revelation 21:1â4,  Titus 3:4â7, 1 Thessalonians 5:23,  Acts 1:8,  Romans 6:1â14,  Matthew 8:16â17,  James 5:13â16,  Ephesians 1:22â23,  Matthew 28:19â20, Acts 2:41â47,  1 Corinthians 15:20â23,  John 5:28â29,  Hebrews 10:37,  Luke 21:27,  Titus
Hope Church is a congregation of the Christian & Missionary Alliance (The C&MA). The U.S. Alliance is part of a Christ-centered global movement more than 6 million strong. Our Acts 1:8 family—inspired by Jesus’ love and empowered by His Spirit—is passionate to bring the good news about Him to our neighborhoods and world.
Our Alliance family celebrates Jesus—the image of the invisible God, the Lord of all Creation!
“For in Christ, all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.” Colossians 2:9-10
Our heartbeat is to know Jesus as our:
Because of who He is and what He’s done, we are compelled to “go!” Humbled by the open invitation He extends to us—what we call the Great Commission—we join Him in His work to restore and reconcile lost and broken people to Himself.
We Rely on His Spirit
Acts 1:8 is in our DNA. We are convinced it is only by the Holy Spirit’s empowerment that we can fully express Jesus’ love, compassion, and mercy to those who do not know Him.
“… But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
We Are Family
We are part of Christ’s Church—His chosen means to fulfill His purposes on earth, restoring a lost and broken world until He returns to reclaim it. A member of the Alliance World Fellowship (AWF), the U.S. Alliance is one of a network of national churches that make up our global family.
“ …so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:5
We Love Our Neighbors
In the United States, our Alliance family extends His love to everyone we meet; we walk with our neighbors through the steep challenges life brings, introducing them to the One who offers true hope. We plant churches in spiritually thirsty neighborhoods, discipling and mentoring new believers to become healthy, passionate Jesus followers. Today in our U.S. Alliance family there are:
We Love Our World
Our U.S. family sends and supports hundreds of Alliance international workers who care for the sick, befriend the lonely, and introduce spiritually impoverished people to the One who releases us all from the curse of sin and the sting of death. Right now,