We designed our weekend experience specifically with you in mind. People from different backgrounds, different cultures and different faith traditions have felt quite comfortable at Hope. There is no pressure, no judgment and only an exciting expectation to connect with God when arriving for a weekend experience. Here are a few things you may want to know…
- We start at 9:30 & 11:00 but would encourage you to show up a few minutes early especially if you have kids.
- We meet at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue.
- Our dress code is simple – wear what you’re comfortable in.
1860 Mellwood Avenue Louisville, KY 40206
Meet the Team
What We Believe
We believe that it is important to have sound theology. Theology is way more than one’s beliefs about God. It is a way of living. Our beliefs are carried out in all of our daily conversations and interactions with others. In fact the Apostle Paul went as far to say that,
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
In other words, theology is not for the sake of knowledge. Instead, it is the evidence of a transformed heart.
The Bible is full of prophecy, promises, prayers, history, art, and so much more. We believe that the entire Bible is the inspired word of God and that men were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13)
We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They exist eternally and equally to each other. God is a person, not meaning that He is human, but that He is personal. God has a mind. God has emotions. God has thoughts and opinions, likes and dislikes. While God is personal He is also divine. He is love. He is eternal, all powerful, self-sufficient, self-sustaining, and self-existent. God wants to have a relationship us.
“We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.” – Nicene Creed
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16–17, 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1-5; Genesis 1:1-2)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who became flesh to reveal God to humanity and to become the Savior of a lost world. (For more about Jesus see “God Saves” and “Because God Sends”.)
“We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered death and was buried. On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.” -Nicene Creed
(John 1:1-5, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24, 8:34; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5; Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; 1 John 2:1–2)
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the trinity. He is our comforter, our guide, our source of life, our strength. He dwells within of all those that believe in Jesus as Lord. We are to live according to the Spirit (Spirit Led Living). He came that we might have power to be witnesses. The spirit bears fruit and expresses himself through gifts that are to function within our lives privately and in proper order within the church publicly.
“We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son He is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.” -Nicene Creed
(John 14: 15-18; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 12-14; Romans 8:2-6; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:11-16)
Before salvation the greatest act of a loving God was our creation. Humanity was created by God to have a relationship with God. Humanity is both physical and spiritual. We are made in God’s image and likeness, created (in part) to represent God here on earth. The reason that we feel emotions, dream dreams, and love one another is because God is this way. We believe that all people are created in the image of God to have a relationship with Him but have become alienated in that relationship through disobedience. As a result, we are separated from God, from our purpose, from our true identity, and from our destiny.
(Ecclesiastes 7:29; Genesis 1:26-27, 3:1-24; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12)
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for forgiveness of sin for all humanity. Therefore, God freely offers salvation to ALL who choose to place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for their sin.
(Romans 8:10-11; Ephesians 1:7, 2:9-10; John 1:12; 1 Peter 1:18–19)
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the church is to love Him and make Him known to a lost world.
(Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25–27; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 5:4–7, 13; 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 13:1–4, 14:27, 15:19–31, 18:22, 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11, Acts, 20:28, Romans 16:1, 4; 1 Peter 5:1–4)
Our hearts were created to be loved by God and in turn to love him with all of our hearts. Worship is the way we live our lives and respond to who God is, what He has done, and His powerful love for us. One of the most consistent ways we worship is through singing, praying, and living our lives through the lens of Scripture to honor God.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Psalm 29:2; Mark 12:29-31; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Colossians 3:16; Philippians 3:3, Revelation 7:10-12, 19:10)
At Hope Culture we believe that everything we have is a gift from God. We also believe that God asks us to sacrificially give back to Him. Not out of ritual or rote but out of relationship. In other words we do not give so we can in turn be blessed by God. We are already blessed (with everything we have), therefore we give – there is a big difference. The reality is that God does not want just 10% of our income, He wants 100% of our heart. After all, where our treasure is, there our heart will be also. Our question when it comes to what we give is not, “How much do we give?” Rather, it is, “How much do we keep?” When we answer that question then we can truly be great stewards of 100% of what God has given us – our finances, our time, our talents, our possessions and even our relationships. We believe that everything have is really owned by God and we get the privilege of managing it for His purposes.
(Psalm 24:1; Matthew 6:21, 25:14-30; Luke 16:1-13)