What is a gospel centered spirit empowered Church?

In Acts 1:6-8 we find the final commission of Jesus: 

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 

He said to them:  “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Jesus again says to the disciples in John 20:21-23 “Even so I am sending you”.  And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit”.

We at Living Hope believe that the commission is clear, to go make disciples of all nations and to be God’s witnesses to the lost and hurting people of this world.  We are all SENT and we are all EMPOWERED.  Sent to minister and bring the good news of the Gospel to our circle of influence whether it is local or international.  Concentrating our efforts to wherever God would lead us in that effort.

We are a church centered on the good news that the Gospel brings and the restorative power that is spoken to us through the scriptures.  However, as with the disciples, there is an empowerment of the Holy Spirit that is necessary in order to accomplish the mission that God has called us to.  It is clear to us that we can’t accomplish anything in our own power and strength but only with the power that we receive through the continual filling of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that this filling of the Holy Spirit empowers believers for Christian witness and service.  While all genuine believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit at conversion, the New Testament indicates the importance of an ongoing, empowering work of the Spirit subsequent to conversion as well.  Being indwelt by the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit are theologically distinct experiences. 

The Holy Spirit desires to fill each believer continually with increased power for Christian life and witness, and imparts his supernatural gifts for the edification of the body and for various works of ministry in the world.  All the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the first-century are available today, are vital for the mission of the church, and are to be earnestly desired and practiced.

Acts 1:5; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:2-4; Acts 19:2-6; Acts 6:3; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 

John 3:5-7, Galatians 4:6, Ephesians 5:18

When we look at the early church we see a people who were commissioned, sent and empowered.  Therefore it is clear that the Great Commission was and is unachievable without the power of the Holy Spirit.  

In the same way so is living out a gospel centered life.


Our Core values

1.  Gospel - God’s work in saving people from sin and its effects through the cross and resurrection of Jesus is central to who we are.
  • We believe this work of God in Jesus allows for the remarkable freedom of being able to experience his love and grace and exchange our identity for his. 
  • We value engaging with others in their desire to find life’s purpose and meaning in Jesus Christ.
2.  Spirit and Word – We rely on God to transform, empower, speak to, and guide us by His Spirit through his Word.
  • We value worshipping God with the Holy Spirit’s inspiration. Believing that God still speaks to us today, we value listening for His voice, enabled by the biblical use of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • It is these gifts that are supernaturally anointed for exalting Christ and transforming lives and are given to ALL believers for the building up of the body. Therefore, we value cultivating an atmosphere of expectation in our gatherings as we anticipate what God might have to say or how He may desire to minister to us through one another.
  • We value strong Biblical study together – Believing that God has spoken powerfully in his Word, the Holy Scriptures, concerning who He is and his will for all things – including our lives – we value pursuing a deeper knowledge of Him and His gospel through His Word.
3.  Community – We enjoy loving, authentic, honest, biblical friendship with one another.
  • We value being an authentic community that embraces the adventure of standing with each other honestly in life’s struggles and victories.
  • We value pursuing together what it means to apply the hope of the gospel to all the stuff of our lives as we intentionally encourage one another to run from false pretense, façade, and performance driven living.
4.  Mission – We engage in Jesus’ ongoing mission to make disciples and restore what is broken in the world.
  • We value consistently reaching others in our various spheres of influence, cultural centers and network of relationships in relevant ways with the hope of the gospel. We value being intentionally compassionate in caring for the poor, widow and the orphan.
5.   Prayer – We believe prayer is crucial and necessary in the church.
  • Prayer is meant to line us up in God’s will and power. No biblical significance can occur without prayer.  

6.  Giving – We value the importance of giving back to the Lord our time, talents, and treasures. 

  • We are called to be a people of great stewardship with the Lord’s resources.