Growing God’s Kingdom
We believe God is establishing His kingdom through HCC (as well as every other part of God’s global church). We desire and expect to see heaven’s power breaking out in our daily lives both in the natural (kindness, justice, mercy, generosity, helping the poor, etc) and in the supernatural (healing, miracles, prophecy, words of knowledge, etc.). Our Father has infinite resources and we have authority in Jesus’ name as ambassadors of the king. We seek for God to be renewing our minds so that we perceive things from a heavenly perspective and in faith see His kingdom power breaking out in our lives. As we do this we believe God will, through us, win more people from our community, saving them into a relationship with Himself and seeing them, in turn, live out exciting kingdom lives for Him.
Our heart attitudes and motivations are more important than our outward actions. As we let God work on our hearts, good and loving actions will flow out. A godly character produces godly actions. We don’t want empty religion but godly living coming from transformed hearts. This requires openness & honesty. We value recognising our emotions, and reflecting what they reveal about our heart attitudes. As God reveals our wrong attitudes, we seek to work through those with Him and others, rather than ignoring and burying those things, so we may grow to be more like Christ.
Christ has reconciled us to God and one another through his death & resurrection and we want to experience the full potential of those relationships. We hunger for an increasing depth of relationship with our heavenly Father and desire to spur one another on in going deeper with Him, depending on one another for support, encouragement and companionship as we live out the adventure He has planned for us. We are more than co-workers on a common mission, we are a family with a heavenly father. We seek real, honest, deep friendships with others in the church, sharing life with each other – hurts, hopes, joys, trials. We desire HCC to be a place where God’s love is exhibited in His people and where we all feel valued and accepted.
Serving One Another
Everyone in Hope has been equipped by God with gifts and skills to bless others and we wish to create a family in which they can flourish. We look for the best in each other, to recognise each other’s gifts and to release the potential we have in Him so that we can serve Him as He leads. We seek to create a permission giving culture in which each one of us can operate in the fullness of who God has made us, where space and time are given for people to explore and grow in their gifts. We desire to encourage one another for our obedience and faith in stepping out rather than criticise where we fall short of perfection. We seek to work in teams and in a unity of spirit, recognising that none of us has all the answers and that we all have different gifts. The elders seek to lead as servants, in humility, providing direction and spiritual leadership, relying on God’s ultimate leadership and guidance of HCC.