History and Philosophy of Ministry
The idea for Hope Now Bible Church took root in late 2004. After much prayer, the church began a Sunday evening service in February of 2005 and officially incorporated in 2007. We used classrooms at First Presbyterian Church of Fresno. In 2008 we moved into our current facility and began meeting on Sunday mornings.
We teach through the Bible verse by verse, but in context with the whole.We strive to teach people to fulfill the Great Commission of discipling, baptizing, and teaching others.
We are fully Grace in our belief, meaning no works or good deeds. We are saved only by believing in Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
Salvation is conditioned solely on faith in Jesus Christ (See Everlasting Life). Grace is a free gift to anyone who believes Jesus as the only Way to eternal life (John 14:6). We reject false additions to faith such as, surrender, repentance, baptism, or confession. These are all works of a disciple, but are not required for salvation.
We believe the mission of the Church is to make disciples, baptize, and teach. We do not believe the Church is Israel, nor do we believe we are in the Kingdom (we are not). We are in the Church age and the Kingdom will be established by Jesus Christ Himself when He returns at the end of the seven-year Tribulation.
Our mission is not in joining forces with political leaders. What business does the Church have in aligning herself with earthly leaders? We are not on a mission to move people from poverty to the middle-class, or building better parks or making our community safer. These may all be good things (in fact some in our church may participate in activities such as these on an individual basis), but they distract from the primary purpose of the local church of making disciples. We are to announce the good news of Christ crucified and risen, and Him only (1 Corinthians 2:2).
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.