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 (meaning, we separate the parts of scripture that are for us, from those that are for Israel) (2 Timothy 2:15) and teach through the Bible verse-by-verse. Our pastor 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 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 learn God's Word by studying to show ourselves approved unto God. We do not believe the Church is Israel or that the church 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 when He returns as King at the end of the seven-year Tribulation.
While we have political opinions, we do not make it our mission to join forces with political leaders or various social justice groups. We strive to follow the example of the apostle Paul who was an ambassador 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]