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About us

Who are we?

Who are the people from the God of Hope Mission? We are a family of believers that is determined to help others discover more about Christ and His life changing Gospel. Our team, sponsors, and individual partners are all committed to spreading the good news that Jesus saves! Check out our leadership team's profiles, our ministries, our sponsors, and our core beliefs to find out more about us. 

our Team:
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Alec Bryant

Missionary

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Rachel Bryant

Missionary

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Carl Steiner

Elder

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Our Coorperate

Partners

  • Morgantown Church of Christ

  • Walnut Street Church of Christ

  • New Hope Gospel Church

  • Newark Church of Christ

  • Impact harvest

If your congregation, business, or non-profit would like to discuss partnering with God  to change lives through the God of Hope Mission, please reach out to us over the phone, email, or through the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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What We BElieve 

God

There is one God, Yahweh, who made the world and everything in it. There is no other God other than Him (Deuteronomy 4:35; Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; Acts 17:24; 1 Timothy 2:5). Our God Yahweh became a man, Jesus, without ceasing to be God (John 1:1-16; John 14:11-20; John 8:58; 1 John 5:20). Jesus, known as the Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal the Father & redeem sinful men (John 1:18). Jesus accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice. Our justification is made by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1; Acts 2:18-36; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4).

The

Holy Spirit

The Spirit of Our God Yahweh is sent to Christians (Luke 3:16; John 14:16; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 10:44-47; Ephesians 1:13-14). He is present in the world to make people aware of sin and their need for Jesus Christ (Joel 2:28-29; John 6:44; John 16:8). This Holy Ghost gives followers of Christ power for living, love for others, a soundness of mind, an understanding of spiritual truths, and guidance in doing what is right (John 14:25-27; John 16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16; 2 Timothy 1:17). Also, the Holy Spirit gives believers abilities called “gifts.” He does so according to His will for the spreading of the gospel and to sustain the Church until the return of Christ (John 20:30-31; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12; 1 Corinthians 13:10; Romans 12). As Spirit-led Christians we allow Him to transform us while we seek to live out the mission of the Church (John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18; Galatians 5:22-26).

The

Word

of

God

The 66 books of the Bible are the ultimate authority on all matters. Scripture was written by men who were guided by the Holy Spirit. What the LORD spoke to them is perfect, flawless, timeless, and relevant. Moreover is useful for all sorts of instruction, correction, and encouragement.  (Isaiah 55:11; 1 Corinthians 4:6; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:15-16;    Hebrews 13:7, 17).

Creation

Yahweh, the one true God, created the universe in 6 days. He rested on the seventh day of creation. Any belief or theory contrary to this is wrong (Genesis 1, 2; Exodus 20:11; Acts 17:24).

Sin

& Salvation

When the first man and woman chose to abandon God for sin, a curse was placed upon the earth and death entered the world (Genesis 3:17-19). The conscience of man was stained with sin, and instead of being able to walk with God, mankind was driven away from the presence of humanity’s greatest friend. This separation from God had and still has dire consequences.

 

The consequences of sin are not just present, but eternal. Hell, which was prepared for Satan and his angels, is the ultimate destination for those who have chosen sin over the LORD (Isaiah 5:14; Matthew 25:40-42; Revelation 21:8). All of mankind has made this choice (Romans 3:23-26), and the price that has to be paid for sin is death (Romans 6:23).

 

Innocent blood has to be shed on the behalf of a sinful individual in order for that price to be paid, because there is no forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22). For this reason, as stated before, God became flesh in the form of Jesus Christ to become the atoning sacrifice for the sins of any sinner who might repent (1 John 2:2). He died a brutal death, tortured on the cross to cover our sin with His blood (Isaiah 52:13-54:12).

 

Furthermore, it is the claim of the early missionaries in scripture that one must confess their sins to God (1 John 1:9) and give Jesus lordship over their life, believing in Him, to be saved from the chains of sin (John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10). To make Jesus Lord, one must turn away from their sinful ways and have their sins washed away. After all, the cry of the missionary Peter on the day of Pentecost is still true today: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Acts 2:38-39). Forgiveness of sins is given to anyone who would turn from their ways to be washed clean by Jesus.

 

All those who have been forgiven by Christ are adopted as children of God (Ephesians 1:3-7; Galatians 3:26). Those who remain in this relationship with Him have an inheritance in the future Kingdom of God. This inheritance which the Spirit attests to is eternal life and citizenship in heaven as well as the new world which is to come. Jesus will reign there as King over all of the Earth. Then, death & suffering will be no more (John 15:1-8; Romans 8:16-18; Revelation 21:1-7).

Baptism

The King above all Kings has the authority to wash away the stain of sin from the hearts and minds of men. He is faithful to do so through Baptism (Acts 22:16). As it is written in scripture, Baptism is a request to God for a clean conscience (1 Peter 3:21). It is not a removal of dirt from the body, nor does the scripture reduce baptism to a symbol. Christian baptism is a spiritual cleansing in which a believer is united with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:1-4; Colossians 2:12).

 

This sacred immersion in water is done in the authority of Jesus Christ. Those who are to be immersed must themselves hear the good news and believe that Jesus is their Lord (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:44-48). A person should be baptized soon after they believe that Jesus is their anointed leader (Acts 8:26-40; Acts 16:31-34). There is no reason to wait to draw closer to God, and no man should prevent another from being immersed in the name of our Lord.

Sharing

Our Faith

The Church

of

Christ

From the first Pentecost to this very day, Christians have been gathering together regularly to grow closer to God and to give Him glory (Acts 2:1; Acts 20:7). We hold to this custom of the early church and devote our time to learning scripture, Christian friendship, worship, encouragement, correction, communion, prayer, giving, good works and more. All of this is done for the glory of God (Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:32-37; Acts 18:24-28; Colossians 3:16; James 5:14-15). Scripture itself commands us to not give up gathering together for the pursuit of the things of God, and we at the God of Hope Mission will not disobey (Hebrews 10:24-25).

Communion

In Matthew 26, Mark 14, and Luke 22 Jesus gave the disciples a way to remember Him and His sacrifice, the one which would lead to the forgiveness of their sins. He broke bread and said “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19b). After giving the disciples the bread to eat, He did likewise with the cup and said, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28).

 

This “friendship meal” has been handed down through the millennia to us today and should not be forsaken. We hold to the custom found in Acts 2:42 and Acts 20:7 of holding weekly communion in remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice. In Communion believers share a meal with each other and with God. This is why it should be a time of examination, meditation, respect, and affection among us; it should not be a time for division, gossip, or gluttony (1 Corinthians 11:17-34).

Church Leadership

Family

Got ?s

Do you have any other questions? Maybe you want to become a Christian, find out a bit more about what we believe or explore scripture with a friend. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We will get back to you.

As Christians we are privileged with the task of sharing the gospel to people throughout the whole world for the sake of winning souls to become followers of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:14-16; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20). We do so in the context of a personal relationships. In these relationships we gladly teach the commands of Christ and invite people into a saving relationship with Jesus; baptizing them according to the command of our Lord. The account of Acts bears witness to how Peter, Paul, and other early Christians went throughout the world proclaiming God’s word to all peoples in this way. We must imitate them as they imitated Christ.

God’s basic organizational plan for the training, worship, and ministry of believers is the local church made up of believers called out to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 17:18-20; Acts 1:8). The local Church is to be ruled by Jesus Christ as the head. In church governance the elders are to assume leadership, and deacons are to assist them in carrying out the ministry Yahweh has given them. Elders and deacons are selected according to the standards expressed by the New Testament (Acts 14:23; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 1 Peter 5:14; Titus 1:5-9).

God has set up the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is between one man and one woman. When they are joined together in marriage, they are to become one flesh with each other (Genesis 2:24-25). Spouses should always put one another first, remembering that their life and body are not their own (1 Corinthians 7:2-5; Ephesians 5:21-33). This denial of self reflects biblical priorities and principles. A union of this sort is the bedrock of a healthy family.

 

With that in mind, we believe that God has ordained the husband to be the natural leader of his household and that God has appointed the wife to be his helper (Genesis 2:19-23; Ephesians 5:23). Husbands and wives are to be united in seeking after God, pursuing His will, and raising up their family in the ways of Yahweh. This partnership is sacred and should be respected by all. A married couple is brought together by God. Since this is the case, no person should tear it apart. (Matthew 19:6; Hebrews 13:4).

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