About Us

Who We Are & What We Believe

Mission

Hope City Church exists to help everyone find hope for real life through the good news of Jesus.

Values

Ministry

We consider serving others a privilege, not an obligation.

Grace

We remember that everyone is a work in progress.

Generosity

We give generously, because we have received abundantly.

Intentional Excellence

We do the best with what we have been given.

God's Word

We take God at His Word, boldly teaching and trusting the Scriptures.

The Lost, The Last, The Least

We pursue those far from God. They are why we are here.

Our Leadership

Joe Martin

Lead Pastor

David Morrow

Discipleship Pastor

Michael Walker

Community Ministries Pastor

Bill Sheppard

Director, Administration and Strategy

What We Believe

We take theology seriously because we take God seriously. We value and hold fast to the ways in which historic Christian orthodoxy has articulated the essential beliefs of the Christian faith, which are listed below. Along with St. Augustine, we say, “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In everything, love.”

The Gospel

We believe that the gospel is the central truth of the Bible, the foundation of our faith, and the fuel for the Christian life. The gospel is the good news that while we were dead in our sin, God sent his son Jesus to live a perfect life on our behalf, die a substitutionary death to pay the penalty for our sin, and rise again from the grave to offer us new life in his Spirit.

Acts 2:22–2:39; Galatians 3:13; 1 Corinthians 15:3–15: 1 Corinthians 8; 2 Corinthians 5:21

God

We believe that God is the Creator of everything and that he exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 64:8; Matthew 3:16–17, Matthew 28:19; John 16:7–15; Hebrews 1:2–3

The Scriptures

We believe the Bible to be God’s Word, a true and fully accurate account of God’s love for us. Its purpose is to teach us how to have a relationship with him, worship him, and bring him glory.

Psalm 19:7–10; 2 Timothy 3:15–17; 2 Peter 1:19–21

Sin and Salvation

We believe that sin has kept us from knowing God and worshiping him but that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin, was physically resurrected, and now offers a restored relationship with God as a free gift to all who believe in him.

John 3:16; Acts 2:22–39; Romans 3:21–24

Humanity

We believe that God created us in his image to worship him and give him glory. This is true of both men and women, who are equal and complementary partners in God’s mission and reflect his beauty, goodness, and creativity.

Genesis 1:26–27, Genesis 2:18; Isaiah 43:7; Psalm 96:9; Matthew 4:10; Galatians 3:28; 1 Timothy 2:11–15

Baptism

We believe that baptism by immersion is a church ordinance that represents a person’s first public act of confession, repentance, and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Matthew 3:6, Matthew 13–17; Acts 2:38-41, Acts 22:16; Romans 6:4–11; 1 Peter 3:21

Deacons and Elders

We believe that Jesus ordained two distinct offices within the local church: (1) Deacons are a group of qualified men and women who serve the church in practical ways, often by caring for church members with physical needs; (2) Elders—also called “pastors” or “overseers”—are a group of qualified men who bear a special responsibility to preach the Word and protect the church from false teaching.

Romans 16:1; 1 Timothy 3:1–7; Titus 1:6–9; 1 Peter 5:1–5

Mission

We believe that God cares about the needs of all people and that the church, as Christ’s body, is to show his love and care for others. Every member of the church is sent out by Jesus as a minister of the gospel, declaring the love of Christ with our lips and demonstrating the love of Christ with our lives—not only in our communities but also to the farthest and most unreached places of the world.

Isaiah 49:6; Matthew 28:18–20; Romans 10:13–15; 1 Timothy 2:3–4

Affiliation

We are joyfully partner with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Tennessee Mission Board, and the Bledsoe Baptist Association for missions locally and internationally.

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