at Hope Chapel
The church is often defined as a community of believers. As a church philosophy we believe God intended so much more than mere community for His church. We believe that the biblical concept of FAMILY more accurately embodies God’s design for the function of the church.
As a church we strive not to ask, “Will it work?” and instead ask questions like, “Does Scripture speak to this?” and “How should the gospel shape this decision?” Our goal is to think theologically about local church ministry.
The Bible teaches that each local church should be led by a plurality of godly, qualified leaders who desire to lead the FAMILY of God to Learn truth, Grow in Faith, and Honor God with their lives as they follow Christ.
Where is it in the Bible?
Paul lays out the qualifications for elders in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. Passages that evidence a plurality of elders in one local church include Acts 14:23, Acts 20:17, 1 Timothy 4:14, 1 Timothy 5:17, and James 5:14.
Why is it important?
God gifts churches with elders to
feed God’s sheep God’s word (Jn. 21:15-17),
guide the sheep (1 Tim. 4:16; 1 Pet. 5:3, Heb. 13:7),
and protect the sheep from attackers (Acts 20:27-29; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; Tit. 1:9),
while protecting both themselves and the church through the wisdom of their plurality (Prov. 11:14; 24:6).