The Foundations of Hope Fellowship
What We Believe
We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God: true, unchangeable, steadfast, alive and applicable for us today.
2 Timothy 3:16 - 17 (NLT)
"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work."
We believe in the Trinity of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; The three cooperate with one mind and purpose, so that in the truest sense of the word they are "one." The Father creates (Genesis 1:1); The Son redeems (Titus 2:11 - 14), and the Holy Spirit comforts, empowers, teaches, guides, and gives the believers gifts to help in their everyday life (John 16:7, 8 and 12 - 15).
We believe we were born into a fallen world, that none of us are perfect, and all of us fall short of the glory of God and need a Savior. (John 3:16, 1 John 1:9)
We believe that salvation is wholly through grace; that no human righteousness or merit can contribute to our receiving God's love and favor (Ephesians 2:8 - 9).
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit empowers believers to exalt Jesus, to live lives of holiness, and to be witnesses of God's saving grace; we expect the Spirit's incoming to be after the same manner as that in which He came upon believers in the days of the Early Church (Acts 1:5, 8; 2:4).
We believe that the Holy Spirit gives ministry gifts upon believers, and that these gifts will build up the Body of Christ through edification and evangelism (1 Cor. 12:1 - 11); as evidence of a Spirit-filled life, believers show spiritual "fruit": love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22 - 25).
We believe that divine healing is the power of Jesus Christ to heal the sick in answer to the prayer of faith; He is still willing and able to heal the body, as well as the soul and spirit (Mark 16:17, James 5:14 - 16, John 14:12).
We believe that heaven is the glorious habitation of the living God and the eternal home of born-again believers (John 14:2; Revelation 7:15 - 17).
We believe that hell is a place of darkness, deepest sorrow, and unquenchable fire, which was not prepared for man but for the devil and his angels; yet it will become the place of eternal separation from God for all who reject Christ as Savior (Matthew 13:41, 42; Revelation 20:10, 15).
We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent; the certainty of His coming and fact that no man knows the hour of His coming prompt our evangelistic efforts; that the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven, the dead in Christ shall rise, and the redeemed will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air (Matthew 24:36, 42, 44; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).
We believe that all shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ: the redeemed to be delivered unto everlasting life, and the unrepentant unto everlasting punishment (Revelation 20:11, 12; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
- We are a group of people who are Biblically Based. All that we do and preach is from the Word of God. We believe the Bible from cover to cover.
- We believe the Holy Spirit and His gifts are active and alive today in each believer. We are Creative, prophetic, and Spirit-Filled.
- We have a passion for people and seeing people transformed by the power of God. Jesus Christ died and rose again for people, therefore we must put a high regard for those Christ came to save.
- We are a group who stand on integrity. We value and strive for being people of integrity.
- We are a group of people who are hungry for God and the things of God.
- We accept everyone!
- We have a passion to worship God and to see others enter into God's presence.
Where the imperfect are perfectly welcome to passionately know Christ and make Him known.
We are Hope Fellowship. We chose the word "fellowship" because of its definition. The word "Fellowship" from Dictionary.com means: "Friendly relationships, Community of interest, and Individual Christians who are in Christian communion with each other." In contrast to the word "church" which can be religious, formal, traditional, and intimidating."
Because vision is "seeing" we see the following...
We see the gospel is the underlying theme; where grace is accepted and extended; where the salvation of souls is the norm, not the exception; where love for people springs from love for God; where joy permeates the air; where people are one in spirit; where service is considered a privilege not a burden.
We see people finding real help, experience real change, and discover real answers, where healing takes place in the hearts and lives of all who attend, where wasted lives are retrieved and new beginnings launched.
We see the Word of God (The Bible) is exalted in authority, studied with expectation, taught with relevance, heard with anticipation, and obeyed with passion; where the message is encouraging,
positive, and practical.
We see that prayer is the key to unlock the hearts of those who are bound and held captive; to
intercede for the lost, and to see those lives set free.
We see people free to be creative in ministry and to walk in the God given call, gifts, and talents He has poured into them; where we all serve God with mutual love, encouragement, respect, and unity.
We see our hearts beat for God's work around the world, where impact is made on lives across the street and around the globe; where workers regularly go out to minister internationally and return with a world perspective.
We see children and youth nurtured in the faith; where they are made strong in their ability to serve the Lord and stand for Him in their world.
We see worship as a time of freedom, love, and joy in the presence of our God.
We see ourselves as courageous and compassionate for our community and beyond.
We see growth as the norm; where the heartbeat of every person is for outreach and inclusion, not for comfortable complacency and seclusion.