Our Core Values
The Sufficiency of Scripture
When we speak of the sufficiency of scripture, we refer to the fact that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. Therefore, we continue to make every effort to structure Living Hope Community Church according to the biblical mandate. We are not perfect, but we are always reforming (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:19).
A Biblical View of Conversion
We desire to see true conversion. We constantly proclaim and explain the gospel, and take our time with people struggling to understand what it means to follow Christ (Romans 3:23; 5:8; 10:9-14; Ephesians 2:1-10; Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 6:46; 2 Corinthians 13:5, etc…). We are especially careful with children and never manipulate or rush any child (Matt. 18:6; Mark 9:42; Luke 17:2).
Christ Exalting Worship
The New Testament has surprisingly little to say about worship styles. However, one thing is sure, we are to engage in Christ exalting worship through praying, preaching, Scripture reading, singing, giving, honoring and obeying God (John 4:23-24; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18-20; Philippians 2:9-11; Colossians 3:16).
Christianity is not merely a religion, it is also a lifestyle, a philosophy; a worldview. We are to think biblically about every aspect of our lives (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 10:5-6; Colossians 2:8; 1 Peter 1:14-16).
The Church is not a building, but a community of believers. As such, we are to live in fellowship and community with one another. Please join us each week as we gather together in fellowship after the worship service to share a meal together as families. (Matthew 18:15-18; Romans 12:3-18; Acts 2:41-47; 4:32-35; 6:1-7; Hebrews 13:17).
God has given clearly defined roles to men and women in the home and in the church (1 Corinthians 16:13-14; 1 Kings 2:1-3; Proverbs 31, 12:4; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Timothy 5:14). While these roles have come under attack in our culture, God has not changed. We embrace, teach, and celebrate these distinct roles at Living Hope Community Church.
The Blessing of Children
We believe that children are a blessing from the Lord. God has called us to be fruitful and multiply. We reject our culture’s view of children as financial burdens that should be received sparingly. Instead, we rejoice with those who receive children in abundance, and mourn with those whose prayerful plea for the blessing of children has gone unanswered (Psalms 127:3-5; 128; Genesis 1:28; Proverbs 17:6; Job 42:12-16).
The Nobility of Motherhood
Motherhood is a high and honorable calling. While not every woman is called to be a wife and/or mother, those who are have an incredible responsibility; a noble calling (Psalm 113:9; Ps. 127:3; Psalm 128:3; Proverbs 31:27-31; Titus 2:3-5).
While the church is called to make disciples, it is clear that God has given the family as the primary discipling agent. Children are entrusted to parents for their spiritual nurture (Genesis 12:8; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 78:5-8; Psalm 113:3; Ephesians 6:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:14-15).
We believe every Christian family should strive to give their children a Christian education (Psalm 1; Proverbs 1:7-9; 2:1-7; 3:1-7;9:10; Luke 6:40; Ephesians 4:11-16; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 1:18-21; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Colossians 2:8-10; Ephesians 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 6:20-21).
We Are Age-Integrated
We believe the church is a “family of families.” We do not divide families into component parts… we minister to the whole. Therefore, you will not find a nursery, preschool childcare, children’s church, or a youth program for your children.
Children best learn when they learn from their parents. It is our heart to equip parents, specifically fathers, to be the spiritual leaders of their homes and to be the primary means of discipleship for their family.
Read Pastor Ryan’s paper concerning the biblical model for age-integrated worship and biblical mandate for daily home discipleship.