What We Believe
The Short Answer
Fourth Reformed in our Soteriology,
Fifth we are Elder-led, Complimentarian and Baptistic in our view of baptism and polity,
Sixth Charitable in disputable matters.
The Long Answer
For a standard statement of faith, we would ask that you read the Hope Community Church Elder Affirmation of Faith. However, what is below is sufficient and helpful for those who are checking out Mission:sixteen/18 to see if our theological and missional particularities match what you sense God leading you into:First, we are Christians which distinguishes us from other world religions and cults. Therefore, we adhere to both the Apostles and Nicene Creeds.
Second, we are Evangelicals and in agreement with the doctrinal statement of the National Association of Evangelicals:
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit indicated by heart felt conversion is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Third, we are Missional:
We believe that our local churches must be faithful to the content of unchanging Biblical doctrine (Jude 3).
We believe that our local churches must be faithful to the continually changing context of the culture(s) in which they minister (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
We believe that our mission is to bring people into the church so that they can be trained to go out into their culture as effective missionaries.
Fourth, we are Reformed:
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth.
We believe that God created man and woman in a state of sinless perfection with particular dignity as His image bearers on the earth.
We believe that our first parents sinned against God and that everyone since is a sinner by nature and choice. Sin has totally affected all of creation including marring human image and likeness so that all of our being is stained by sin (e.g. reasoning, desires, and emotions).
We believe that because all people have sinned and separated themselves from the Holy God that he is obligated to save no one from the just deserved punishments of hell. We also believe that God in His unparalleled love and mercy has chosen to elect some people for salvation.
We believe that the salvation of the elect was predestined by God in eternity past.
We believe that the salvation of the elect was accomplished by the sinless life, substitutionary atoning death, and literal physical resurrection of Jesus Christ in place of His people for their sins.
We believe that the salvation of the elect, by God’s grace alone, shows forth in the ongoing repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ that leads to good works.
We believe that God’s saving grace is ultimately irresistible and that God does soften even the hardest heart and save the worst of sinners according to His will.
We believe that the gospel should be passionately and urgently proclaimed to all people so that all who believe may be saved through the preaching of God’s Word by the power of God’s Spirit.
We believe that true Christians born again of God’s Spirit will be kept by God throughout their life, as evidenced by personal transformation that includes an ever-growing love of God the Father through God the Son by God the Spirit, love of brothers and sisters in the church, and love of lost neighbors in the culture.
We believe that God is Lord over all of life and that there is nothing in life that is to be separated from God.
We believe that the worship of God is the end for which people were created and that abiding joy is only to be found by delighting in God through all of life, including hardship and death which is gain.
We believe in the five “solas” of the reformation: Sola scriptura (”by Scripture alone”), Sola fide (”by faith alone”), Sola gratia (”by grace alone”), Solus Christus (”Christ alone”), Soli Deo gloria (”glory to God alone”).
Fifth, we hold to an Elder led, Baptistic view of the church government, membership and mission.
We believe that a local church should contain a minimum of the following elements: Spiritual Leadership, Biblical Teaching, Missional Focus, Covenant Community, Ordinances Observed, and Community Worship. The forms that these take will vary, but to be a faithful local church, these elements must be present.
We believe that Jesus intended for churches to be spiritually led by a group of shepherds called elders who lead the church with doctrinal, biblical teaching.
We believe that these elders are not to be randomly or carelessly chosen, but that the selection of these elders is limited to godly, qualified, missional and courageous men who lead the church in all spiritual matters.
We believe the local church consists of a covenanted community of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized in the name of the Triune God, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary tasks of worship, discipleship and giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world, this being a blessing to the world.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the public declaration of a believer’s faith in Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins. We believe that immersion of the believer in water in the name of the triune God is the richest expression of the New Testament example. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death.
Sixth, we believe in being Charitable in “disputable matters.”
We believe that the Scripture teaches all we need to know, but not all we would like to know. Therefore, there are matters that are disputable. We also understand that none of us has a perfect theology and that God alone is omniscient. Although we highly encourage healthy discussions, we will not enter into open debate, or intra-mural squabbles over matters not addressed above.
Mission:sixteen/18 is committed to the view of ecclesiology stated above (section 5) regarding baptism and eldership. Yet, on those two matters (read more below) we are willing to allow a church or leader to differ in the ways listed below and still share in our network. It is our intention that these two issues, though critical and central to the network’s theology, become neither divisive nor a hindrance in the Church’s communal efforts to bring the gospel to our city.
#1 – Covenantal View of Baptism
The first acceptable difference would include a covenantal view of baptism, such as found in the Reformed or Presbyterian traditions. However, those holding such a view must understand baptism to be non-regenerative and that it does not ensure an immediate or future regeneration. In other words, we do not believe that baptism in any way is binding upon God to act in our behalf in regard to salvation.
#2 – A More Liberal Complementarian View of Eldership
The second acceptable difference would include a more liberal complementarian view of eldership. Specifically, these churches could include women as elders. However, a church or leader would need to hold to the biblical teaching of male, loving, servant leadership in marriage and the family, as well as have the lead or senior pastor be a godly, qualified male. However, a church or leader could not ascribe to radical egalitarianism or evangelical feminism in the church, which is the belief that men and women have no considerable differences outside of biological plumbing. We realize that much of this confusion is really over the issue of what elders are, and that, in our view, many of the associate pastors are really in deacon roles, which fall inside a complementarian viewpoint. Nevertheless, even though our viewpoint is that the office of elder is reserved for godly, qualified men, for the sake of the gospel in our city, we only require that the lead pastor (elder) be a godly, qualified male.
The Church Planting Process
The Overall Process
September 2017 Network Meeting
Starts: 09/18/2017 @ 9:00 am
Ends: 09/18/2017 @ 2:00 pm
Place: Hope Community Church
707 10th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
December 2017 Network Meeting
Starts: 12/04/2017 @ 9:00 am
Ends: 12/04/2017 @ 2:00 pm
Place: Hope Community Church
707 10th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Church Planting Residency
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707 10th Ave South
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