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What We Believe

Hope Church is a member church of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Denomination. Our beliefs, therefore, directly reflect the beliefs of the denomination. You can learn more about what the beliefs and perspectives of the C&MA on their beliefs page. Below you will find the Statement of Faith of the Christian & Missionary Alliance. You will also find on this page our Core Values and our Mission and Vision Statements.


Our Statement of Faith

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)


[1] Deuteronomy 6:4[2] Matthew 5:48[3] Matthew 28:19[4] Philippians 2:6–11[5] Luke 1:34–38[6] 1 Peter 3:18[7] Hebrews 2:9[8]Romans 5:9[9] Acts 2:23–24[10] Hebrews 8:1[11] Matthew 26:64[12] John 14:15–18[13] John 16:13;  Acts 1:8[14] John 16:7–11[15] 2 Peter 1:20–21;  2 Timothy 3:15–16[16] Genesis 1:27[17] Romans 3:23[18] 1 Corinthians15:20–23[19] Revelation 21:8[20]Revelation 21:1–4[21] Titus 3:4–7[22] 1 Thessalonians 5:23[23] Acts 1:8[24] Romans 6:1–14[25] Matthew 8:16–17[26] James 5:13–16[27] Ephesians 1:22–23[28] Matthew 28:19–20[29] Acts 2:41–47[30] 1 Corinthians 15:20–23[31] John 5:28–29[32]Hebrews 10:37[33] Luke 21:27[34] Titus 2:11–14


Our Core Values

A church’s core values help define its DNA and chart a course for its future. At Hope Church, our core values help us to understand who God has called us to be and what he has called us to do. Our values serve as boundary markers, letting us know when we are out of line with our God-given identity.

Dependence on God

God’s mission can only be accomplished when he empowers us with his Holy Spirit as we walk in faithful obedience to Scripture. We discern God’s specific mission for our community through both corporate and individual prayer. We pursue the fulfillment of God’s mission through faith, depending on him for all wisdom, courage, and strength. When we depend solely on God, exercising our gifts and abilities through the power of the Spirit and in the community of the church body, we will accomplish far more than we could ever hope to in our strength. God empowers us for his mission and for our flourishing, therefore we will lean on him, wait for his leading, and faithfully obey.

Spiritual Formation

We believe that everyone who follows Jesus Christ has the responsibility to grow and flourish as one of his disciples. Spiritual growth is often a painful process, but God always has our good in mind: He is at work in every believer, making us more like Jesus. The pain of growth, therefore, always gives way to spiritual flourishing. Spiritual growth and flourishing occur best when believers cooperate with what God is doing in their lives, and we can know what God is doing in our lives through a vibrant, personal relationship with Jesus.

Gospel Centered

The Gospel is the definitive message of Christianity. It is most clearly stated in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” The Gospel is the core and foundation of the preaching and ministry of the church, clearly demonstrating that all people, whether Christian or not, matter deeply to God. The Gospel message has been entrusted to the Church by God, and it is our responsibility to proclaim to the world, by word and deed, that Jesus Christ has died for our sins and risen again from the dead.

Humility

At the root of everything God is and does, and all that he calls us to do and be, is humility. Humility is the appropriate posture to take before God, one another, and an unbelieving world. Jesus humbled himself all the way from ruling in heaven to dying on a Roman cross. Pride, which is self-centeredness and self-righteousness, is therefore the fundamental betrayal of the way of life Jesus has given us. As a church, and as individuals, we will strive to maintain a consistent attitude of humility toward God, one another, other churches, and the unbelieving community we serve.

Simplicity

We recognize we are living in very active and busy times. One of our greatest challenges as individuals and a church is setting and keeping priorities that reflect what we believe and have committed our lives to, namely being on mission with Jesus Christ. At Hope Church we strive to engage our communities while working diligently to not allow our lives and schedules to be weighed down with activity that keeps us from focusing on the “main thing”. We strive to order our activities and finances in such a way that we remain free to serve the purpose for which God has placed us on this earth.


Our Mission Statement

Bringing glory to God through partnering with Christ to complete His mission of redeeming what was lost.

Our mission is not that unique. In fact, it is our belief that all churches share the same basic mission, which is to somehow fulfill the Great Commission. The mission of the church is the completion of Christ’s mission, which was to redeem all that has been lost. Jesus did not simply come to make converts to a new way of living, but to redeem all of creation, and most of all fallen humanity. We have been invited by God to participate in this redemptive mission, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and motivated by the hope we have in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.


Our Vision Statement

To glorify Jesus by transforming communities through planting churches that love God, love others, and share hope with the world.

Our vision is to become a church-planting hub in central Ohio, raising up leaders and church planting teams that will help transform communities all around our region. We believe that every person, family, and community in the world is in desperate need of the hope that is found only in Jesus Christ, and our vision is to be one of the primary sending churches of godly men and women who take the Gospel into our communities, our region, and around the world.

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