A Hope That Lives
Far from wishful thinking or personal aspiration, the Bible describes hope in a profoundly unique way: “In his great mercy God has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet.1:3). Hope that comes from the Gospel isn’t an aspiration, situation, or possession to be reached or received—Gospel hope is a relationship to be had.
Or think about it like this: if you’re about to take a long, difficult journey through a vast wilderness (a wilderness as wild as life itself), there’s a kind of hope to be found in finding food and shelter as you attempt to make your way through. There is an infinitely better kind of hope, however, if you entered the wilderness with an expert and a friend: someone who knows how to survive and even thrive through the wilderness and someone who cares for you so much that He is willing to carefully and faithfully lead you, help you, protect you, and provide for you. This is Gospel hope: a living, breathing, active relationship with a very present and very powerful God named Jesus.
In other words, Jesus is literally living hope, living life with you, day in and day out, through the high’s and the low’s, leveraging His power, wisdom, and truth to lead you, provide for you, protect you, and flourish you—all because He absolutely loves you (Eph. 2:4-5).
King David captures a day in the life with this kind of hope in Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
BELIEFS & AFFILIATIONS
As an affiliate of the Reformed Church in America, Hope Community Church subscribes to three historic creeds and confessions, summarized by the the Three Forms of Unity. As a church in and for the flourishing of Fremont, we are also affiliated with CityServe and a liaison for the Fremont Family Resource Center.
STAFF & CONSISTORY
Pastor Phillip Lee
Phillip was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and discovered the doctrines of grace under the mentorship of Christ-centered, historically Reformed mentors. While serving in numerous Next Generation and English Ministry contexts, Phillip studied Psychology at the University of Colorado at Denver and pursued a Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. Phillip achieved his Doctorate of Ministry at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, researching digital discipleship for the next generation. Ordained by River of Life Christian Church (Santa Clara, CA), he is a commissioned pastor of the Reformed Church in America.