We want God's revealed truth to permeate all of life and ministry. To live means to consume God's Word (Matt. 4:4). Our goal is that believers would mature in Christlikeness by means of an ever-increasing knowledge of and submission to the Word (2 Tim. 3:15-16). We want to study God's Word in depth and be grounded in sound doctrine (Heb. 5:12-14). Therefore, the Bible will take priority and prominence in our worship services, for it has the power to change lives. Scripture makes it clear that our true problems are internal rather than external. Therefore, we apply the Word to the heart and not just to outward symptoms (Heb. 4:12).
God made us to magnify His greatness and live for His pleasure. Therefore, the overarching goal of Gospel Hope Church is to glorify our infinitely majestic and holy God in thought, word, and deed. Our personal pursuit of God should overflow in profound reverence and joyful worship together as a church, worshiping Him in Spirit and in truth with the entirety of our being.
Christians are born into a new community through the reconciling work of Christ. This new identity compels us to live in a communion of brotherly love. This is because when we are secure in God's love, we are free and responsible to radically love one another in transparency, accountability, and mutual edification.
Committed discipleship is a lifelong process of becoming more like Christ and helping others do the same. We want believers of all ages to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. With the help of God's Spirit, we lovingly commit ourselves to following Christ and helping other believers mature in Christlikeness. We will provoke one another to love and good works through Biblical preaching and teaching and life example.
As recipients of God's grace we are motivated to be outward facing with the message of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). We will intentionally seek to build redemptive relationships by serving and loving others. In addition, we will strive to make purposeful life choices that maximize our opportunities to proclaim the gospel locally and afar. Ultimately, we preach not ourselves but Christ Jesus the Lord.
At Gospel Hope Church, we understand that without faith it is impossible to please God. We are willing to be risk-taking, sacrificial, and in the eyes of the world apparently illogical people because we know that the just shall live by faith. We want to obey God regardless of the cost and even if we don't know all the details. We refuse to dig our roots into that which is passing away. And we will prayerfully invest our families, our finances and our futures in the work of God because we trust the promises of God.
Commitment to Holiness
As a people called out to be God's own possession, we no longer find our identity with the world, but have been delivered by grace from a lifestyle of sin and taught to live in holiness. Therefore, we are committed to personal and corporate purity through accountability, discipline and separation from sin and false teaching.
Mercy and Compassion
The gospel both humbles us to our desperate need for God and moves us to meet the needs of the poor, marginalized, broken, and downcast. Therefore, we want to be known for not just speaking the gospel, but also joyfully living it out in acts of love and mercy for the church, our neighborhood, the South Valley area, and the world. Our priority in ministry is to point everyone to the source of all mercy: Jesus Christ.
As people who have received everything by the sovereign grace of God, we commit both personally and corporately to wise and generous stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us. We will not hoard people or resources but will joyfully give to bless the body of Christ. In a world that values what is passing away, we will invest in eternity by valuing people over programs and facilities.
By means of the church, God displays His character and declares His message to a lost and broken world. We believe that the gospel's work naturally eventuates in the formation of new churches. Therefore, we will invest in reproducing church-planting churches in strategic communities throughout the Salt Lake Valley and beyond. Such an endeavor requires leaders who will train leaders and teams who will pioneer new works (2 Tim 2:2).
We endeavor to embrace and implement these core values in urgent, eager anticipation of our Lord’s return, being mindful of the Biblical injunction to be a holy and godly people, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of the Lord (2 Peter 3:11,12).
We believe that Jesus Christ teaches and models a pattern of fervent prayer. Just as the early Church devoted itself to prayer, so we commit to being a congregation devoted to prayer (Acts 2:42). We affirm by word and practice the necessity of prayer, believing the promise of God that such praying has great power as it is working (James 5:17). Fervent prayer will be a part of our lives individually and corporately, as we gather in small groups and assemble for the purpose of worship each Lord’s Day.