History and Philosophy of Ministry
We are a small, healthy, loving, Bible teaching church.
Hope Now Bible Church was established 2004 as we met for Home Bible studies. The church began a Sunday evening service in February of 2005. We used classrooms at First Presbyterian Church of Fresno. In 2008 we moved into our current facility and began meeting on Sunday mornings.
We attempt to rightly divide the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) and teach through the Bible verse-by-verse. Our church teaches from the King James Version, but we are not King James only.
We are fully Grace in our belief, meaning no works or good deeds are required for everlasting life. We teach that we are saved only by believing in the our Lord Jesus Christ; his death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). We are dispensational, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial.
Since the Bible teaches salvation by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8,9) we reject false additions to faith such as, surrender, repentance, baptism, or confession. These are all works of a believer, but are not required for salvation.
We believe the mission of the local church is to glorify God and edify (build up) the believers. We do not believe the Church is Israel or inherits the promises of Israel. We do not teach Kingdom now theology and are not building or advancing the Kingdom. We are in the dispensation of grace and the future, physical and fraternal Kingdom will be established, after the church is "caught up" by Jesus Christ Himself when He returns as King at the end of the seven-year Tribulation.
We we have political opinions, we do not make it our mission to join forces with political leaders or various social justice groups. We are to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ in announcing the good news of grace and teaching salvation through belief in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior (1 Corinthians 15:3,4).
To counter secular education that is devoid of God, we teach our children Bible truths and help them memorize God’s Word so that they might take Scripture back to their homes, neighborhoods, schools and friends.
[For parents looking for an alternative to government/public school, we recommend they take a look at the John Nelson Darby Academy]