Core Values of HopeSpring
We value truth, worship, and love. These principles guide us as we carry out our mission.
1. Proclaiming Truth Faithfully
“I hope in your word” (Psalm 119:81)
The message of hope that we seek to spread is found in one place, God’s Word. As Jesus said, “Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Truth is relevant. Timeless truth is always relevant. So we unashamedly proclaim the truth of Scripture for the gospel is
the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16). God's
Word penetrates to the deepest parts of our being (Hebrews 4:12).
The Bible alone is a “lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm
It is through God’s
Word that we carry out our mission. We believe in God-centered,
Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered, expositional preaching. We take
seriously the charge to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of
season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and
teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2). This is the only way to edify the saints and
evangelize the lost.
At HopeSpring, we
believe the preacher is commissioned to preach the whole counsel of God
with authority and honesty. Preaching is not to be a “nice talk” filled
with funny stories and feel-good suggestions. We believe, rather, that
preaching is the faithful proclamation of God’s Word with power and
authority by a preacher who has diligently studied the text with humble
reliance upon the Holy Spirit so that the correct meaning and
application of the Word is clearly presented to the hearers.
Faithful preaching is so important because through God’s Word we find
“all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).
Yet, even though we
are committed to proclaiming the truth boldly, we do so in a spirit of
humility. We are all sinners (including the preacher). We rely fully
upon God's grace to continue on in our Christian lives. We desire, then, to always be “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).
2. Worshipping God Passionately
“Let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 13:28)
God is great and God is
good. He commands us to have a passion for Him (Mark 12:30). He created
us to stand in awe of Him and be amazed at all that He is and all that
He does (Psalm 145). That is worship - to ascribe to God all glory and
honor and praise because He alone is worthy. We believe worship is done
in two ways: individually and corporately.
is the act of the believer in living his life for the glory of God. His
life is now dedicated to the Lord “as a living sacrifice, holy and
acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). We
believe every aspect of our lives - our thoughts and actions - should
be devoted to magnifying the Lord Jesus Christ. This worship should be
our passion every moment of our lives.
is the act of the church gathered together (Acts 2:47). Acts of worship
in the worship service include singing, praying, giving, reading of
Scripture, and the preaching of and listening to God’s Word. We desire
to have worship services that approach God appropriately and
affectionately. All that we do must be grounded in truth. Our singing,
praying, and preaching must all communicate biblical truth.
services do not just involve the “head,” but also the “heart”. We
believe the whole being (mind, will, and emotions) should be involved
in worship. We should be passionate about our awesome God. Therefore,
we seek to “go hard after God” by engaging in worship services
that kindle the affections with the greatness and goodness of God.
We will use songs from
today and yesterday that communicate
God-centered, Christ-exalting truths. We will utilize music that stirs
the affections and enhances the expression of truth in a God-honoring
We are committed to unbroken worship services - that nothing should
distract from praising God and exalting the name of Christ during the
time we are gathered together to worship Him.
3. Loving Others Biblically
“Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34)
Love for others is the hallmark of
a follower of Jesus Christ. But biblical love is not the same as what
the world calls love. Biblical love “is patient and kind; love does not
envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its
own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at
wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things,
believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never
ends” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). At HopeSpring, we strive to love all
others as Scripture commands.
We express love to
each other in two main ways: fellowship and ministry. We devote
ourselves to fellowship (Acts 2:42) by sharing our lives with
one another and encouraging each other in the faith. We believe in
transparent, authentic relationships within the church. We desire to be
genuine and honest with each other, without pretense or hidden agendas.
We believe there is accountability to one another in the church so that
we can pray for, encourage, and bear the burdens of each other
We also believe in
loving ministry to one another. The church is represented in Scripture
as a body (1 Corinthians 12) with members who are to use their
spiritual gifts for the good of each other. Love characterizes ministry
within the body: “We are to grow up in every way into him who is the
head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together
by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working
properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love”
(Ephesians 4:15-16). We believe in Spirit-motivated, gift-based
ministry; that is, members are led by the Spirit to serve in ministries
they are gifted for and new ministries will be started as people are
burdened by the Spirit to do so. It is the responsibility of the
pastors to equip the saints to do the work of the ministry (Ephesians