Who Needs HOPE?
If there's one universally accepted term pertaining to this life that everyone needs, we believe that word is HOPE. Faith and HOPE are almost synonymous. You can't have one without the other. As one dictionary defines it:
hope – verb (used with object) to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence; to believe, desire, or trust.
And who or what is the object of your trust?
Hope is a theme that permeates the New Testament church. It is something that is inextricably tied to faith. The object of faith is of utmost importance here. Because faith and hope, including one's capacity to love, rest in the trustworthiness and integrity of the object of our faith.
It is only by God's grace and mercy that He calls us to respond to Him through faith. Ephesians 2:8-10 states: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Hope is also one of the three main elements of Christian character described in 1 Corinthians 13: "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love...." (1 Corinthians 13:13).
We invite you to HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH to see and hear what it means to walk by faith, even in the midst of pain or adversity, confident that our purpose in life is not about "us" but about God. We don't just "talk the talk," we are committed to "walk the walk." We were created for this very purpose, to respond to God's love in worship and praise, and to live out our faith in word and deed — through service to God and to others. Our HOPE is centered on God's supreme gift to mankind, His Son Jesus Christ ... the HOPE of the world.