Welcome and we thank you for visiting our website and may the information be helpful to give you a small glimpse of what Hope Fellowship is all about. We love Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and desire to serve Him and help others to know Him and serve Him. Please contact us if you have any other questions by using the contact us link.
May God bless you abundantly as you seek Him with all your heart! The Leadership team of Hope Fellowship
Hope Fellowship has been in existence since 1963 and has used this Body of believers in many ways over the years to bring many to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Then to send people to different parts of the country in world to continue the work of sharing the gospel of Jesus because of His love for us and our love for Him.
(John 3:16, Maththew 28:19)
Our church is made up of people from many backgrounds, but blended together by our love for Jesus Christ, who has redeemed us by His Blood. (Col. 1:14) We share basic beliefs and goals, but with mutual respect for each other in areas of different personal convictions. Our statement of faith is representative of the views generally held among us, but not necessarily the exact views of all, as we honor the right and responsibility of each believer to hear from God personally.
"To know Him and make Him known"
"And they were continually devoting themselves to the Apostle's teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayer."
"For the equipping of the Saints for the work of service and to the building up of the Body of Christ..."
"O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation...Come, let us workship and bow down..."
Just as Jesus is Lord of each personal life, He is also Head of our collective lives as a church; we are part of His body! We believe that God desires us to relate to Him and one another, not as a “Christian institution” but as a spiritual body. A living organism has only one head, and we believe that Jesus is Head over all things to our assembly (Col. 1:18; Eph. 1:22-23). All life functions, such as Holy Spirit anointing, prophetic direction and ministry graces originate in Him, and as a church, we seek to be led by His Spirit. We seek to make converts and to disciple them to maturity in Christ. (Col. 1:28). We believe that each disciple is a member of the body of Christ with a specific call and grace from God for service (1Cor. 12:12-27; 2 Tim. 1:9). Five Fold ministries and leaders in HOPE FELLOWSHIP are responsible to help believers discover their call and to equip them. This process begins with a whole hearted willingness by each member to serve in menial tasks (Luke 16:10; Acts 6:2, 3). Equipping addresses such things as character, faithfulness, prayer, worship, willingness to serve and ministry.
We believe that “scripture cannot be broken” (Jn 10:35), and that God inspired writers to accurately record words chosen by the Holy Sprit, a revelation of God’s will for mankind. We believe that both Old and New Testaments contain no errors in the original manuscripts. Scripture is also “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16). We accept the Bible as the Supreme and Final Authority for Faith and Life.
We believe that the Lord our God is one God who manifests Himself in three distinct expressions, as Father, Son and Holy Spirt (Jn 16:15). Jesus Christ: We believe that Jesus is not only our Savior; he is also our Lord (Rm. 10:9). He merits our personal obedience and the full surrender of our life to Him. He is the image into which the Holy Spirit seeks to transform us. He is preeminent in each believer’s life and ministry in the church. He is our Savior, Lover, Shepherd, Friend and King! All that we will ever need is found in Him.
We believe that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is available to all believers as a separate and distinct experience from the New Birth. Believers should earnestly seek this promise according to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ so that they may be empowered and gifted for the work of the ministry (Acts 2:4, Acts 10:44, Acts 19:2-7).
Sin and Salvation
All members of the human race became sinners through Adam’s fall, and are in need of God’s forgiveness, cleansing from sin and need to be Born Again. These are obtained through faith in the atoning death of Christ, our representative and substitute, and through surrender to Him as our risen Lord. This right standing with God, through Christ, is based solely on our trust in His grace, and not on our works (Eph 2:8, 9). However, works will follow true heart faith (James 2:17). Through forgiveness and entrance into God’s family is a free gift that we cannot earn, God intends for us to posses, in this life, the Kingdom of God (Mk 1:15). To those who choose to follow Him completely, He declares that the Kingdom of God, its nature, substance and rewards, will cost them everything (Lk 9: 23, 24).
Water Baptism & Communion
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ established two ordinances: Baptism in water and the Lord’s Supper. These are to be observed as acts of obedience and as perpetual witness to the facts of the Christian faith given to us by Christ Jesus; that Baptism is the immersion of the believer as a confession of identification with Christ in burial and resurrection and that the Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the emblems symbolic of the Savior’s body and shed blood, in remembrance of His sacrificial death, till He comes. ( Matt. 3:13-17, Acts 2:38, Luke 22:15-20)
We believe in the assembling of the saints which is locally autonomous. At the same time, we believe each fellowship is only a part of the greater expression of the Body of Christ in any given area and that God is working to bring the Church of Jesus Christ together. We believe there is one true church in our city, but it is meeting in different buildings under various names. Nevertheless, it is God’s will that His church be diligent to preserve the unity of Spirit as it reaches toward the unity of faith (Eph 4:3, 13). We believe that each believer should become an active part of some local assembly, and that actual membership is the result of revelation and commitment to such a fellowship (1 Cor 12:12-13; Jn 17).
The Kingdom of God
We believe the Kingdom of God is visible and invisible, eternal and also manifest in time through the Holy Spirit. It is the realm where only one will, God’s, is done (Mk 1:15; Lk 17:20, 21).
While we believe that Jesus Christ has ascended and is now reigning at the right hand of God, we also believe in and long for his bodily return for His church (1Thes 4:16-18).
Resurrection and Judgement
We believe in the resurrection of both the just and unjust, the reality of heaven for those who have received Christ, and the eternal banishment of hell for those who have rejected salvation (2 Cor. 5:10, Rev. 20:11-15).
We believe in plural oversight, where a team of men who qualify as Elders provide Godly diversity, accountability and safety in shepherding because of the different ministry graces among them. (1 Peter 5:1-4, 2 Tim. 3:1-7, Acts 20:17—35) Elders will be men who lead by word and example, who will not control or manipulate the people under their care. Our goal for leaders is not conformity but diversity in submission. The Elders and Deacons work together as a team of servants who must continually be held up in prayer by the people of the Church.
Marriage is the ordained institution of the union of Man and Woman. God brought them together for friendship, relationship, to populate and fill the Eath and establish the Family. It is the Covenant relationship between husband and wife and the both of them in Covenant relationship with God. We do not believe the Bible teaches the same-sex marriage (Genesis 1:28, 2:18, 2:24, Romans 1:18-32, 1 Cor 6:9-10).
Are you affiliated with any major Denomination?
No, we are not. However we do network with other churches in the Aurora and Fox Valley area, and with various churches in other states. Our leadership team meets with other leadership teams on a monthly basis for the purposes of fellowship prayer and input. This enables all the men of the various churches to be accountable to each other and to stay true to the great commission the Lord Jesus has given us to “share the Gospel and make disciples of all the nations.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Who’s the Pastor?
While we have no “one man” in oversight; we believe in the function of a plurality of Elders or collegiality of Elders who are free to function under the direction of the Holy Spirit in their individual gifting to help equip the Body of Christ. This is so each person may be presented to the Lord “complete in Christ”. The elders meet on a weekly basis and are accountable to each other, other “seasoned” elders from other churches with many years of experience and wisdom that God has given them.
Do you believe the Holy Spirit still works in the Church today through the gift ministries as in the days of the early Church?
Yes, we believe the Lord Jesus has given the baptism of the Holy Spirit to those who ask in faith believing and that the gift ministries of the Holy Spirit are still in operation as in the days of the early church for the building up of His church.