Status Update

Like many other churches, our building is staying closed for a while due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, we’re still around, still worshiping online, and even spending time visiting together via videoconference software. If you’re looking for a new church family and would like to join us, just fill out our quick contact form (the information goes to a real person immediately) and we’ll get you the login information.

If you want to check out some of our previous Sunday morning messages, head over to our Sermons page. If you’d like an overview of who we are and what we believe, keep reading.

Technical note: We’ve included Bible verses in our answers below, to illustrate our reasoning. If you’re on a computer, just hover your mouse over the references and a small box should pop up with the first few lines of that scripture passage. If you’re on a mobile device, just touch the scripture reference and you’ll stay on this page but the box will pop up. Touch anywhere else and it will go away.

FAQ

Q: Are you part of a denomination?

A: It depends on what you mean by “denomination.” If you mean in the legal sense then yes, we are part of a denomination called Grace Communion International, which is something like a family of local churches all over the globe that share common core beliefs but also have the freedom to do ministry as it fits in our individual cultures and settings. If you mean are we part of the larger groups, such as Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, or Calvinist churches, then no. But we are always happy to work together with other churches, and believe God works through many different groups in many different ways. Each of us has our own purpose, history, and future (Mark 9:38-41).

Uniqueness

Q: How are we similar to other churches? How are we different?

A: Hope Community Church emphasizes the words in our name — we want to emphasize the hope we have in Jesus Christ. This is hope in a God who is full of grace and love for humanity (John 3:16-17, John 8:11). A God who wants to see us succeed in becoming who we were meant to be: sons and daughters in close relationship with him (Romans 8:15, Ephesians 2:8-10).

We also strongly believe in community. A church that stays focused on itself is not the “city on a hill” that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 5:14. We want to share real life with our neighbors in The Colony and work together with other churches and nonprofit organizations. To that end, we started The Community Resource Network. Its purpose is to connect those groups in the North Dallas area that are already working to serve the health and safety of our neighbors, especially those in crisis. Together, we’re stronger (John 13:35).

Finally, we’re a Christian church. That means we believe in a triune God: God the Father, Jesus Christ his Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:21-22). It means we enjoy a relationship with God that is based on Jesus’ love for us and our love for him as our Lord (the one whom we trust to lead us as we obey his guidance) and our Savior (the one who saved us from living a life we weren’t meant to live, one of selfishness and self-gratification).

Specifics

Q: What are your doctrines?

A: If you’re wondering about specific doctrines, you can check out our denomination’s lengthy version here. To save you some time, no — there’s nothing weird there. We’re very mainstream in terms of our protestant beliefs. Where we stand out, perhaps, is an emphasis on God’s love and forgiveness, not his alleged anger at sinners (Matthew 23:37, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 1:7). We believe in Jesus’ finished work on the cross, which allows for all to be reconciled to God in a way that blots out our mistakes. We don’t believe in condemning people every Sunday — we point to Christ, who is the only One who can convince us of his love and show us his way of life is better than anything we can dream up on our own.

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