Hi, If I could describe Hope EFC I’d say we’re a people in the making and a church that’s simply committed to being
Jesus’ witness. We also believe we’re called to be his hands and feet in this corner of the universe.
In 1 Peter 2:9-10 we read: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
What an amazing way to describe the followers of Jesus!
We’re saved for a reason. The apostle Peter explains how
it includes every dimension of our being – personal,
corporate and social. The inward transformation of heart,
mind and spirit has given new priorities in our outward
expression of faith. In this way we’re like songs of praise
to the God who saved us, significant to our Lord at home,
in the marketplace, the classroom, and especially among
the marginalised in our community.
If God has placed a similar passion in your heart,
you’ll be right at home in Hope EFC.
“As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” JOHN 17:18
Our desire is to be a people who glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Hope Evangelical Free Church (Hope EFC) is evangelical in doctrine and congregational in church practice. The church is built upon the Lord Jesus and our foundation is His word.
We are here to:
- Worship the Lord
The pursuit of life and church is to worship God and to please Him with all that we are, in all that we do, and in every circumstance good and bad.
- Preach the Gospel
We believe that every believer is empowered by the Spirit to be a witness to the Gospel of Jesus in word and deed. We faithfully preach God’s word and declare it where the name of Jesus has never been heard.
- Disciple the Body
When Jesus invites us to faith, He calls us to follow Him in trust and obedience. We seek to disciple one another in Christ’s body in order that all would ‘see Him more clearly, love Him more dearly, and follow Him more nearly.’
- Serve the Community
God’s church does not exist for its members alone. We are convinced that the most visible expression of faith is our love and service to those who are not a part of the church.
10 True Things That Define What We Do
- ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP
Jesus said that God seeks those who worship in spirit and in truth – as individuals and when we come together as a congregation. Acceptable worship is fired by gratitude and controlled by reverence and awe.
- LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER
A restored relationship with God expresses itself in love and grace to one another who are brothers and sisters in His family. Sacrificial love for one another is evidence that we are disciples of Jesus.
- LOVE FOR STRANGERS
As we have received God’s mercy we demonstrate love and compassion, and welcome those who are strangers to God and the Gospel by our hospitality.
- LOVE FOR THE LESS FORTUNATE
The underprivileged, vulnerable, marginalized, and needy, are of great concern to God. Jesus himself made time for social rejects of the day. We too are called to do the same.
- A SHARING LIFESTYLE
Contentment and joyful sharing are the twin marks of a disciple of Jesus. As God’s new community, we celebrate God’s generosity by sharing and giving.
- MISSIONAL MINDSET
Being missional is to remember that we are a ‘sent’ people – to be in the world but not of the world. Every day is an opportunity to shine as light in a dark world; we share the Gospel where we are placed as well as in fields abroad.
- CHRISTIAN FAMILY LIFE
Marriage is held in honour and family life is valued. Parents take primary responsibility for
disciplining and disciplining their own children.
- SHARED LEADERSHIP
pastoral responsibility is always teamwork. It starts, continues and finishes with humble service that honours Jesus our Servant King.
- SOUND TEACHING
The authority of God’s Word is the Church’s true foundation. The teaching of the whole counsel of Scripture is necessary for growth in maturity and godliness.
- SHAME & SUFFERING
When we faithfully represent God’s new society, we must expect to meet abuse and persecution. But the rich grace of God in Christ remains our hope and source of strength.
Statement of Faith
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
2 Tim 3:14-17; 1 Thess 2:13
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Matt 28:19; John 15:26
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, He died on the cross as sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.
Matt 1:18-25; Lk 1:35; Isa 53; 1 Cor 15:20-23; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Pet 3:22; 1 John 2:1
We believe the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
John 7:38-39; 14:16-17; 15:26; 16:13-14
We believe that man was created in the Image of God, but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
Genesis 1:24-27; 3:1-24
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.
Isa 53; 1 Cor 15:3-4; Rom 8:1-9
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the church during this age. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation.
Matt 3:15-16; 28-19; 1 Cor 11:23-26
We believe that the true church is composed of all such persons, who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ, of which He is the Head.
Matt 14:14-18; Acts 2:32-49; 2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23
We believe that only those who are thus members of the true church can be eligible for membership in the local church.
Acts 2:47; 1 John 2:19
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
Col 1:18; Acts 6:1-4; 15:3-4,22
We believe in the personal and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
Rev 20:4-6; 1 Thess 4:14-18
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.