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.
The Bible: 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.
The Godhead: 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 theimage 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, Friends and King! All that we will ever need is found in Him.
Holy Spirit: 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.
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)
The Church: 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).
Second Coming: 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 Judgment: 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.