Our Core Values
Below are the 3 Core Values of Hope Christian Fellowship:
- 1. We value living by faith in God. (+)
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight. As a church, we believe that the pathway of faith is the only way to find or live in real hope.
This path is what we teach, and preach, and try to live. Our faith is not general or ambiguous, but is definitively focused on the one and only living God and His Word. Clearly, the only way to interact with God is through faith since we cannot see Him or hear Him or sense Him in any tangible way.
We know that our understanding of the truth as presented by the Scriptures fuels our ability to put our trust in the truth and in its author our Heavenly Father. A genuine Christian life constantly depends on the Lord and trusts wholly in Him each moment of each day. In the good times and in the bad times, we call on one another to persevere in faith. In order to accomplish our mission at Hope, we hold living by faith as a core value.
- 2. We value the priority of people in our church. (+)
John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Each part of our church recognizes that following God’s lead means that people are more important than programs. Everything we do is driven by a desire to serve people and to let them know how important they are to us and to the Lord. We look for ways to make our services understandable and accessible to everyone pushing aside high church language for regular conversational teaching and sharing that helps us all “get it”.
Our music is main stream and our building is comfortable and welcoming. It matters to us that each person that comes to Hope feels like our welcome mat is out for them! Our church will never be completely neat and orderly because we are a place for real people with real issues to come to Christ and to find His warm welcome and embrace among His people. We could certainly point out failings in one another but instead, we understand that each of us is in spiritual formation, with God working on us in different areas and at different paces.
Every spiritual step of progress is made in relationships. It begins with a genuine relationship with the God of the universe, and continues as God uses the body of Christ, His church, to interconnect and serve one another in love. So we value each person who comes to Hope.
Our kids are a huge priority not because of what we think they will do for us, but because they are important to our Lord. We deliberately direct resources at our teens and young adults because they are not problems to be solved, but people to be cared for and loved. We minister to our single adults and our married couples to our parents and grandparents. to our businessmen and our blue collar workers. Everyone is included and important because our Savior included everyone. We do our best to try to make sure no one feels left out. It matters to us that each person knows they can belong here. People are our most valuable resource, since the Spirit of God comes to live in God’s people and to empower their lives for supernaturally productive service.
As often as possible, our ministries function as teams so that our people can work together as God leads. In all that we do, we are working to make it obvious that we value people and place a high priority on caring for them and ministering to their needs.
- 3. We value our reflection of Jesus. (+)
2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
The driving thought behind the decisions we make is that we want to represent Jesus well in all that we do. As we move forward together, we ultimately want His glory to be known – for His name to be famous – and not ours. It is His kingdom we build because He alone is the Savior of the world. We don’t offer our resources or skills to save anyone – we simply do all that we can to reflect our amazing Lord. As followers of Jesus Christ, we passionately want to act in ways that reflect His heart and direction to one another. We want to love people like He loves people. We want to serve like He served. We want to sacrifice like He sacrificed. We want to follow our Heavenly Father like He did. We want to pour out compassion and kindness because that will be an accurate representation of how Jesus interacted with the sinful and the broken.
Our Lord was known for His open arms to each person who turned to Him. It is vital that our church and our people operate in the utmost of integrity, because our Lord is completely faithful and true – reliable and upright in everything He does. We know we won’t be perfect, but we value doing the right thing in every instance – even when it would be simpler, easier, or more profitable to do something else. In all of these aspects, we recognize that we are only imperfect reflections of our perfect Lord, but we also know that He has called us to be that reflection in His strength so that we will be reminding everyone around us how amazing He is. Whether we are far from God or have known Him for many years, we all need living reminders of the wonderful hope we can have in Jesus.