Membership is the local church's best means to identify those who are saved and support them in the living out of their salvation. Membership is a two way commitment from both the elders to the congregation, and the congregations to the elders. Together with our covenant membership, Sovereign Hope operates as an elder-led, congregationally-affirmed church.
The individual says that they will participate in the life and doctrine of the the church, serving it with his/her own gifts, and the church says that it will promise to aid, support, train, equip and hold the individual to the truth of the gospel and the care of Jesus. Membership fulfills the Bible's teaching that believers be "added" to a local church (Acts 2:41).
First, you must be saved! Church membership isn't for people who want to identify with a social club or cause. It is for people who identify with the completed work of Christ on the cross. Everything else we do in the membership process is designed to support and identify the hope of this confession (Hebrews 10:23). Our process includes two components under this. Below you see a button which says, "View the Membership Packet." This packet outlines the core beliefs, direction and values of Sovereign Hope Church, and describes the process to become a member in greater detail.
At the end of this document is a form you (and your spouse if applying together) can sign which indicates an understanding and affirmation of our church's statement of faith and core values. Next, is to set up an interview with an elder. Far from being a doctrinal exam, this interview allows our elders to get to know you and provides you an opportunity to share your testimony, and ask questions about membership and the church. Once you have completed the membership packet and the interview, an elder will present you at the next congregational meeting for full congregational approval!
In this series we outline in greater depth the truths and values we hold to be treasured and transformative here at Sovereign Hope.
Our first core value aims at the most important issue in our lives and in our church: who is God and what is he like? In the Bible, God has clearly revealed to us that he is unimaginably glorious, and this truth sets our direction. Scripture: Isaiah 40:3-28
The most glorious thing about God is the gospel of Jesus Christ,This gospel must always be our message at Sovereign Hope, because it is the only message that has the power to save. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
We deeply desire that the Bible be in charge of all we believe and do at Sovereign Hope because it is the word of God. Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Your greatest happiness, the happiness your heart longs for every day, can only be found in Jesus Christ. He is the satisfaction you were made for. Scripture: Philippians 3:7-14 Matthew 13:44
If you believe in Jesus, you must persevere in the faith. The God-appointed way to do this is by being actively connected into the life of the local church. Scripture: Hebrews 2:7-15
Sharing Jesus with people is our greatest privilege and greatest responsibility. It is also the greatest act of love. Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:14-6:1