We envision Hope City Church to be a gospel-saturated community, bringing hope in a broken world through personal transformation and authentic relationships. As God centers our lives on the gospel of Jesus Christ, we believe Hope City can be a church body composed of real people living real life with real hope. We haven’t the slightest desire to be another country club or a gathering for superficial relationships. We are a community on mission and part of a gospel movement to manifest God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. Therefore, we don’t exist for ourselves; we exist for God’s Kingdom and God’s glory. We are a community called to worship, formed through relationships and sent on mission.
Hope City Church's Mission is to turn spiritiually lost people into gospel saturated followers of Jesus.
What is Important to Us
We are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we ever dared hope — at the very same time. It all begins with the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God for salvation and the message entrusted to us for the renewal of the world.
No one is too far-gone or far too good for the power of the gospel. The gospel changes people from the inside out. It fundamentally transforms hearts, reorienting mind, body and soul to their God created purpose.
We grow best with the help of others where we can be real. God created us to be building blocks and part of something bigger than ourselves. We call that community. Only through authentic community can we understand and accomplish our purpose to renew creation to the glory of God.
The greatest demonstration of the grace of God in my life is the willingness to share it with another. This is the heart of what we do as followers of Jesus. Evangelism leads to discipleship and discipleship leads to evangelism. Intentional discipleship means that we are evangelistically living on mission to reach people who are far from God and leading them to become fully devoted followers of Jesus. Therefore, we deliberately and intentionally form relationships around teaching and being taught.
Our beliefs begin and end with God's Word
We believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit. God created humans in His image to live in loving fellowship with Him. But the enemy tempted the first humans and because we choose to sin and go our own way, we are alienated from God and suffer the corruption of our nature because of our sin. Because of this, death, disease, darkness, and evil have entered the world and all of creation is in desperate need of redemption.
This perfect and holy God did not abandon us to our own destruction but instead promised to provide a way to redemption and restoration. That way took on flesh in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died a substitutionary death on the cross as payment for our sins. His suffering, death, burial, and resurrection bring hope for all humankind. Sin and death have been defeated and the promise of forgiveness and eternal communion with God are available through Jesus. No amount of good works or human effort can restore us from our state of eternal alienation from God. It is only by God’s free grace that we are saved from this state of alienation. This grace is appropriated by a change of heart toward God’s leadership in our lives, and by faith in Jesus to forgive our sins.
God’s Holy Spirit works in us to bring conviction of a person’s need for the forgiveness of sin through Christ. He regenerates their heart and then permanently indwells them, affirming as children of God all those who trust Jesus. The Holy Spirit empowers us with gifts, convicts, guides, comforts, counsels, and leads us into truth through a communal life of worship and a missional expression of our faith. This expression is called the church. The church is rooted and grounded in Christ, practicing spiritual disciplines and celebrating baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
The church is a global and local expression of living out the way of Jesus through love, peace, sacrifice, and healing as we embody the resurrected Christ, who lives in and through us to a broken and hurting world.