Hope Hatfield is a member of Hope International Ministries (HIM), that started in obedience to the Great Commission laid down by our Lord Jesus Christ. Members are encouraged to personalize this God-given vision of fulfilling the Great Commission by building Christ-centred disciples and planting strong biblical churches.
These efforts start small with the belief that God will provide all the needs of the church planting team. There is a total dependence on God. Yet, at the same time, members are exhorted to do their utmost, moving in faith in tandem with God. Like the mustard seed spoken of in one of Jesus' parables, such small church-starts grow into many-membered churches touching many lives.
Members are constantly involved and trained in personal evangelism, follow-up, regular one-on-one discipling, care groups, leadership training and expository.
We are Christ-centred 1, Holy Spirit empowered 2, Bible based 3 and a covenantal people 4 ; a life-enriching community 5 , who are vision driven 6 disciple makers 7 , leadership trainers 8 and church planters 9 who belong to an apostolic movement 10.
We believe Christ is central to who we are and what we do. This applies to each believer and the church as a whole. All that we are and all that we do is for His glory. We are committed to helping our members develop an intimate and meaningful relationship with Christ through prayer; a relationship that leads to hope, purpose and fulfilment. We emphasise the importance of submission to His Lordship under which members discover the awesome impact of letting God and His will be our first priority. As we live out our Christian life as God intends, we become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
[Colossians 1:17, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 4:13, Philippians 3:10, Matthew 6:33]
2. Holy Spirit Empowered
We believe in the importance of being Spirit-filled and Spirit-led. We emphasise reliance on the Holy Spirit in every facet of our personal and church life. It is through the God's Spirit that life transformation occurs and every spiritual gift mentioned in God's Word can be and should be manifested today. Thus, we encourage every member to experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit and be empowered to expand His kingdom. It is also the Holy Spirit that reveals Christ to us and leads us.
[Zechariah 4:6, Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:16-18, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12]
3. Bible Based
We believe our faith and practice as Christians is founded and built upon biblical principles. We emphasise expository preaching and balanced comprehensive teaching so that our members may understand, live out and mature in the Christian life as God intended. Anointed expository preaching allows God's Word to be expounded in a balanced and complete manner within its proper context to bring about life transformation. We are committed to developing a wide range of relevant teaching programmes to meet the needs of the members in the areas of Bible knowledge, Christian living and ministry.
[2 Timothy 3:16-17, Nehemiah 8:8, 2 Timothy 2:15, James 1:22]
4. Covenantal Relationships
We believe that God is a covenantal God. He seeks people who are committed to Him and His purpose, and with one another. We believe an appropriate response to God's covenant involves loving, honouring and worshipping Him above all else. This flows from our belief that God is the Supreme Creator and has planned all things in His good will. God is love and He desires to form an eternal family among whom He will dwell. We seek to develop covenantal relationships among believers through committing to love and build up one another. We are committed to forgive one another, resolve differences and reconcile relationships resulting in a deeper bond in unity.
[Genesis 1:1, Daniel 10:21, Ephesians 1:3-10, Hebrews 1:1-4, Revelation 5:1-5, 10:1-7, Exodus 20:3, Psalm 96:9, 1 John 4:13-21, Revelation 21:1-7, Matthew 6:9-13]
5. Enriching Community Life
We believe the church is a life-enriching community. We are committed to building an authentic and biblical community that unconditionally loves and effectively enfolds people of all cultures and backgrounds. We seek to create an encouraging community that supports each other towards their fullest potential. We seek to create a caring community where help, concern, sharing and fellowship are naturally expressed out of a sincere love and commitment towards one another. We seek to create a place of healing for the wounded and rest for the weary. Our cell church provides small groups that are an ideal environment to foster such a sense of community as our ministries seek to meet different needs. We seek to be relevant to the diverse people groups in our city, serving their needs holistically and effectively touching their lives for Christ.
[Galatians 6:2,10, Acts 2:42-46]
6. Vision Driven
We believe in the importance of a God given, biblical vision that requires nothing less than our obedience to fulfilling the entirety of God's vision for the church. We are passionate with the vision to fulfil the Great Commission by raising Christ-centred disciples to plant vibrant biblical churches within every area of all nations in the world. The vision also includes impacting our society in every sphere of human endeavour for Christ. We believe that such a vision is inspiring, exciting, challenging and God-honouring. Every member is encouraged to develop a personal God-sized vision.
[Proverbs 29:18, Habakkuk 2:2, Matthew 28:19-20, Isaiah 2:2]
7. Disciple Making
We believe the core command of the Great Commission is to make Disciples of Christ. We aim to raise disciples who are passionate for God, people and the Great Commission. We aim to raise disciples who continually grow in Christ-like attitudes, values and Kingdom-focused lifestyle. We aim to nurture disciples who follow the example of Christ in humility, are submissive in attitude and sacrificial in service. We aim to make disciples who choose to submit their lives and desires to God, as shown by our respect and submission to God's Word, our leaders and one another. Zealous people, who live holy lives, are full of faith, and desire excellence in their lives and ministry. Disciples who will in turn make more disciples. We encourage every member to be this kind of disciple.
[Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 8:29,1 Corinthians 11:1, Hebrews 13:17]
8. Leadership Development
We believe that every Christ follower has leadership potential. We are committed to helping every member discover and realise this potential for God's glory. To this end, we place a high priority in inspiring, equipping and empowering every member to effectively undertake the work of the ministry as well as grow in leadership. We also seek to develop whole generations of dedicated, sacrificial and godly leaders for world-changing ministry.
[Matthew 9:37-38,Ephesians 4:11-13, Hebrews 13:20-21, Matthew 11:12]
9. Church Planting
We are committed to help every person experience the privilege of a life-changing personal relationship under the Lordship of Jesus. As part of this, we are committed to empowering members to share their faith and impact their communities. We believe that every believer has a part to play in world-missions. We also believe the church is God's key vehicle to expand His kingdom. Therefore, our world-missions strategy is to plant vibrant biblical churches in every nation of the world that will permeate through their entire nation by multiplying local churches. The intention of every church is to reach their community, nation and every ethnic group of the world.
[Isaiah 52:7,Luke 4:18-19, Ephesians 3:10]
10. Apostolic Oriented
We believe that God uses the five-fold ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to mature the Church to the fullest extent. An apostolic movement incorporating the five-fold ministry is God's plan for the end-time Church. We believe that apostolic movements are a critical component of the new structures God is establishing in His Church to contain the new things that God is outpouring. Thus, we seek to function in the fullness of the five-fold ministries and to raise whole generations of five-fold ministers.
[Ephesians 2:19-22, 3:2-6, 4:11-13]
The Bible 1 ; God 2 ; Jesus Christ 3 ; Holy Spirit 4 ; Angels and Evil Spirits 5 ; Man 6 ; Salvation 7 ; Eternal Judgment 8 ; Baptism and Communion 9 ; Healing of the Sick 10 ; Worship Service 11 ; Church 12 ;
We believe in every word of the Old and New Testaments as originally given, and that God inspired humans to write it without error. The Bible is the Word of God. It is the absolute truth and therefore is the standard of faith as well as the ultimate handbook for every aspect in a believer’s life.
We believe in the one true and eternal God, the Creator of everything. God is one but exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Though they are co-equal, coexistent and co-eternal, they play different roles in human history, working together in creation, revelation, redemption and the final judgment.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was supernaturally conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Whilst on earth, He was both perfectly God and perfectly man at the same time, and was without sin. He was crucified on the cross and physically rose from the dead on the third day to fulfil the will of the Father to provide salvation from sin to those who believe in Him. He ascended physically to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. One day in the future, He will come again to establish His kingdom.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God who convicts people of sin and leads them to repent of their sin and place their faith in Jesus for salvation. He dwells within believers to enable them to lead holy lives and obey God’s will.We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Bible remain in the Church today and should be fully exercised to build up the Body of Christ. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, an experience distinct from repentance and faith in Jesus for salvation, enables Christians to testify of Christ in the power of the Spirit. Speaking in tongues is the normal initial sign of being baptised in the Holy Spirit.
In the Christian life, every believer must live in obedience to Christ and be under the covering of the Holy Spirit. Christians should always be filled with the Spirit .
Angels and Evil Spirits
We believe God created angelic beings for His service. They are supernatural but not divine. The Bible teaches that Satan, together with the many angels that follow him, are evil, supernatural, angelic beings and that there is a spiritual kingdom on earth under Satan’s authority opposed to God and His plan. Satan’s kingdom is at war with God’s kingdom. The death and resurrection of Jesus on the cross defeated Satan and enables all men and women who put their trust in Jesus to join God’s kingdom. The Church has been commissioned to rescue men and women from Satan’s kingdom to God’s, a task which will conclude when Jesus returns. God will ultimately triumph when Satan’s rule is terminated and his kingdom destroyed.
We believe that the first couple was sinless, but they intentionally sinned, causing all humans to fall under the power of sin. For this reason, it is necessary for every person to receive salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. Without salvation, a person will receive the penalty of eternal destruction in hell.
We believe that a person can be saved only when he or she trusts in Jesus Christ and His salvation from sin. Salvation is given by the grace of God and not because of one's own works. True confession, faith and trust in Christ will lead to repentance from sin. At the point of salvation, an individual becomes a new creation in Christ and will be gradually transformed to become more like Him.
We believe that every person will rise from the dead on the final day. Believers will live with God in heaven and will be eternally blessed. Those who do not believe in Jesus will be judged and receive eternal punishment in hell.
Baptism and Communion
We believe that baptism is the complete immersion of a person completely in water as a symbol of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Those receiving baptism must be born again Christians who have put their trust in the Lord Jesus. Communion is a ceremony to remember the death of Jesus. It is to be celebrated often, when believers gather together, until Jesus returns.
Healing of the Sick
We believe it is God's normal intention to heal Christians who have sicknesses or diseases except at times when God allows them to leave this world to be with Him. The Church must follow Jesus' command to heal the sick through prayer and to minister to them through the miraculous power of God. We do not reject medicines or procedures from medical science, nor do we believe that God always heals the sick immediately. We acknowledge that at times He has a purpose in healing people gradually.
We believe that Christians must worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. Worship is acknowledging the worthiness of God and opening our hearts to relate with God. Worshipping according to Biblical patterns enables us to use outward expressions to come close to God. Some of these patterns include worshipping with other Christians, using musical instruments, singing, and using the gifts of the Holy Spirit during worship times.
We believe in the worldwide (universal) Church, which is made up of all those who trust in Christ throughout every age. In the same way, we believe local churches which are made up of believers who meet together regularly in different areas to worship God, hear His word, fellowship, witness, participate in communion and pray, amongst other activities. We believe that every Christian should be a member of a local church.