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Core values are what make up the culture of a church. These following values are what Living Hope is about and what we as a people hope to embody. These are the values that help to guide our decisions as a church to ensure that what we do is aligned with our vision and ultimately helps to bring people inside of the church and out of it closer to Jesus.


Gospel Centrality

Colossians 1:5-6 Colossians 2:6-7 1 Corinthians 2:1 1 Corinthians 15:1

We want to be people who are growing deeper in understanding the gospel and what it means for our lives and ministry because it is the Gospel that transforms our hearts, souls, and minds. We desire to see our lives, community, and mission through the lens of the gospel so that Christ would be glorified in everything we do. We want our focus to be on what Christ has done for us not on what we do for Him.


Scripture

2 Timothy 3:16

We believe in the full authority of God’s word to impact every aspect of our lives and ministry. Knowing Scripture is foundational to learning who God is and what it means to become a disciple of Christ.


Prayer

1 Thessalonians 5:17 John 15:5 Luke 6:12

We go to God in prayer out of obedience and dependence on the Lord to continue doing the work that He’s called us to do. We believe that we cannot accomplish anything without prayer and seeking God’s wisdom and direction. In prayer, we are able to surrender our plans, ideas, and desires to God because His plans are greater.


Stewardship

Psalm 24:1 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 1 Corinthians 10:31 1 Peter 4:10

As followers of Christ, we hope to live our lives in response to what Jesus Christ has done for us. We believe that God is sovereign over all things and that we are called to offer everything we have to be used for God’s glory. We seek to honor God with our whole lives and that includes our time, possessions, money, talents, and relationships.


Diversity

Genesis 1:27 Matthew 28:19 Galatians 3:28

We believe that every person was created in the image of God so we want to welcome all people into our church despite race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. We believe that God created each person with a unique cultural background so we want to embrace who we are and the unique cultures represented while not preferring one group over the other.


Community

Acts 2:42-47 Hebrews 3:12-13 Galatians 5:13-26 Ephesians 4:1-6

We believe that we were made for relationships that spur us on to continue growing in the gospel. We want to see our community grow to be Christ-centered, grace-driven, and authentic in how we love and serve one another. We want to see genuine relationships form where people are encouraging and challenging one another to live a life on mission. We need community to help us confront sin and to teach us how to love others better.


Ownership

Ephesians 4:7 Romans 12 1 Corinthians 12-13 1 Peter 2:9 1 Peter 4:10-11

Whenever we gather together as a church community, we visibly demonstrate our identity as the body of Christ. We are one body but many parts and each of us is called to participate in building up His church with the unique gifts and talents that God has given us. We believe that Christ is the head of the church and that the church belongs to its members. Therefore we hope that each member takes part in growing and nurturing the life of the church. We desire to raise up new leaders regularly who will continue to direct our weekly ministry activities and shepherd others to live out our mission as a church.


Missions

Matthew 28:18-20 Acts 1:8 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

The gospel is the greatest news so we long for those around us to come to know God. We are called to live our lives for the sake of the gospel and to become the hands and feet of Jesus so that the name of Christ would be exalted in the nations. We don’t want to become a cultural club that’s focused on programs but a church that’s living out its mission through relationships and service. We seek to look for ways to put our faith into action and serve where there are needs in hopes of sharing the love of Christ.