Worthy of Praise - Part 2
March 19, 2023
by Pastor Bill Francavilla
When David wrote Psalm 3 he was in the pit of despair...his son has risen up against him, armies...
Bill and Jessica came to the church in 2018. At that time, the church was led by an inspiring group of elders who had served in various pastoral roles for over 30 years. They invited Bill and Jessica to join them on this journey of partnering with God daily to see His Kingdom brought to earth. In 2019 our church became affiliated with Open Bible Churches which is a network of churches who like to provide "accountability without undue control." (You can learn more about Open Bible below.)
In 2021 the name became Living Hope Church based on the scripture found in 1 Peter 1:3, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead". We know where our Living Hope comes from and we praise God for it.
We believe in the gifts of the spirit and often you'll hear a prophetic Word during our time of worship. "When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you." 1 Corinthians 14:26
We hope you will join us and learn more about the family God has brought together.
We are serious about being authentic with one another. This means being willing to be in a community, willing to be genuine, and willing to talk things out. We know that everyone has hurts, hangups and preferences and that sometimes we need to find new ways to communicate, share and heal from past hurts.
EMPOWER ONE ANOTHER
God has a plan and a purpose for everyone. We want to empower each other to step into those areas of purpose and gifts that God has designed uniquely for each one of us.
UNIFY THE BODY OF CHRIST
The enemy has been on a path to divide the body of Christ since creation. We feel called to proclaim the Word of God as the central truth in order to unify the body. We may have opinions or preferences, we may have past hurts, but we know Christ can bring us together.
We want to be multi-generational church where Titus 2 is lived and breathed daily. At our church we like to say that every grandparent has a grandchild and every grandchild has a grandparent.
We want every child to feel welcome at Living Hope. No matter the label, disability, challenge, or allergy we are a safe place for our youth. Our kid's team is trained to be aware of and to help the next generation live fully in Christ.
We desire to bring a new song to the Lord. Our worship team is encouraged to flow in their gifts, bring their own sound and song to worship. We look forward to recording new songs to be shared and spread.
We believe the church building is a place where the community can gather and we gladly open our doors to other churches, homeschool groups, and community groups. If you need a space to meet, please call us we'd be happy to see if our building meets your needs!
We take our church family seriously.
As a new member of our family, we hope to see you connected and thriving at our church. We want to be a community to you just as much as we want you to be a community to us! We value honesty and growth - and we hope you do as well.
We want you to serve, as well as be served.
We want you to grow, as well as help others grow.
We want you to learn, as well as to teach.
We want you to be genuine, as well as honor the uniqueness of others.
We want you to be prayed over, as well as pray for others.
We want you to be challenged, as well as challenge those around you.
Ultimately, we want you to learn about Jesus, while becoming more like Jesus. And we want to help!