WHAT WE BELIEVE
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. God demonstrated His power, wisdom, and goodness by creating the world and everything in it. Through His divine power and providence, God continues to sustain His creation, operating within history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2; 1 Corinthians 13:14
Humans are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. They are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although humans have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates human beings from God.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. All humanity will experience a bodily resurrection and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Having rejected God, unbelievers will suffer eternal condemnation apart from Him. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life.
Hebrews 9:27-28; Matthew 10:28; 25:31-46
Jesus Christ, the eternal second person of the Trinity, was fully united with a human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived in perfect obedience to the Father, voluntarily paid the price for the sins of all people by dying on the cross as their substitute, and satisfied divine justice, bringing salvation to all who trust in Him alone. After His physical death, Jesus Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father as the only intercessor between God and humans. He promises to return to earth, personally and visibly, to fulfill history and the eternal plan of God
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13
The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call people into fellowship with Him. Originally created to be in relationship with God, humans defied Him by going their own independent way, resulting in alienation from Him and the innate inability to please God. This fall took place at the beginning of human history; since then all people have suffered these consequences and are in need of the saving grace of God.
The salvation of humanity is completely a work of God’s free grace; it is not in any way the result of human works or goodness. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Each person can receive salvation by repentance and faith. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
The Holy Spirit and Christian Living
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He applies Christ’s saving work by enlightening the minds of sinners to their need to be saved. He also renews and lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation becoming their source of assurance, strength, wisdom, and gifting for building up the church. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth (the Bible), and guidance in doing what is right. Appropriated by faith, His power and control empower believers to lead a life of Christ-like character and bear fruit for the Father’s glory. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
The Bible is God’s word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, therefore, it originates in its entirety with God. Scripture speaks with the authority of God while simultaneously reflecting the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors. The Bible – the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments – is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. We hold that the Scriptures, in their original manuscripts, are infallible and inerrant; they are the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of faith and practice. There are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.
Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
All who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord are united with Him as members of His body, the one true church. Scripture commands believers to gather for worship, prayer, fellowship, and the teaching of the Word; to observe Baptism and Communion as established by Jesus Christ; to offer service to the body through development and use of talents and gifts and outreach to the world. The local expression of the church is wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command. Cared for and led by Elders and leaders, church members are to work together in love and unity for the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:11-13
OUR CORE VALUES
We want to celebrate Jesus in a vibrant manner that inspires worship,
promotes growth and moves people to take action for Him.
We are committed to a growing culture of evangelism, to demonstrating Christ’s love
to others around us.
Compassionate Congregational Care
We intend to take care of one another without drawing lines in the sand.
We desire to care for and use all the resources and gifts God places at our disposal
and endows us with, in ways that honor Him and advance His kingdom throughout the world
We want to grow in our commitment to Christ and Christian living.
We want to be the hands and feet of Jesus
embodying the love God has for our neighbors.
As followers of Jesus Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will be upward-focused – continually growing in maturity and obedience to our Lord. We will also be outward-focused – serving our neighbours, and becoming known throughout the Eastern Townships community for demonstrating the love of God in practical ways.
In the next five years, Lord willing, we will:
Grow in the Love of God:
Every person associated with Hope Community Church will have encountered the Good News of Jesus Christ through friendships, biblical teaching and discipleship, and will have various opportunities to become engaged in advancing His Kingdom. The fruit of the Holy Spirit will be evident in the lives of HCC members.
We will aim toward having 90% of our church family becoming actively engaged in a Life Group or ministry team. We will implement regular training, communication and encouragement of our life group and ministry team leaders.
We will be known throughout the Eastern Townships community as authentic Christians who demonstrate the love of God without judgment or expectations.
Grow in worship excellence:
We will become excellent worshippers of God. Our worship ministry will strive for both musical and spiritual excellence, developing new opportunities for our church family and community to become engaged and transformed by His grace. We will leverage technology to maximize our ministry and communication with our church family and community.
Grow in outreach and missions:
With a diversity of events aimed at reaching the broadest possible audience and needs in our community, we will expand our large community participation/outreach events to 8 per year. We will participate in at least one short-term mission project each year.
Grow in partnerships:
We will establish new strategic partnerships with other ministries and groups in our community, and expand on existing partnerships – all with the aim of facilitating the spreading of the Love of God to those in need throughout the Eastern Townships.
Grow in attendance / complete renovations:
Driven by an attraction to the Good News, excellent preaching, numerous ministry programs aimed at all ages, and the Love of God demonstrated in his people, Sunday morning attendance will grow to over 325, due to new believers and baptisms. The children and youth ministries will grow to over 180 in weekly participation
The Cornerstone Complex, the building in which Hope Community Church meets, will be completely renovated by 2020 and be promoted regularly for rentals and use by, and for, our community.
The Cornerstone Complex – with its people and activities centered on Jesus Christ – will be a hub of hope for our community.
Hudson Taylor Wells
Associate Pastor of Children, Youth and Young Adults
Pastor of Communication and Administration
Leadership Team Member
Leadership Team Member
What denomination is HCC?
We get that question a lot! That is understandable – familiar labels are reassuring. In many respects typical church labels don’t fit HCC well. The best way to find out about us is to come and see. We believe that you’ll find a multi-generational, multi-cultural group of people who laugh a lot, care deeply for each other and want to learn more about how to show God’s love in a very real way to others. The majority of the 300+ people who call HCC their church home live in the neighbourhoods that surround the church. Some people notice that we have solid Bible teaching, some that we have vibrant worship, community service aspects, or our outstanding programs for children and young people. We think you will care more about how friendly and welcoming we are, than you will about trying to define us with a word or two.
How is HCC governed and managed?
HCC is an independant local church that is governed by the Leadership Team who lead with the trust and confidence of the congregation. The Leadership Team are experienced leaders who are affirmed annually by members at our Annual General Meeting. The Leadership Team and Pastors help shape the scope and the environment of the ministry. The Pastors, Ministry Administrator and our incredibly gifted team of volunteer leaders make almost all of the decisions in the day to day operation of the church.