The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important story you will ever hear. It's also the most unique. When others say that we can be good, the gospel tells us there is no one good but God. When others try to make human beings into heroes, the gospel tells us that we are the ones who need rescuing. When others say that heaven is for the innocent, the gospel tells us that God punished his Son, the only innocent man to ever live, in the place of sinners. The gospel is the story of how the just and holy God has created a way, through his Son Jesus, for sinful men and women to live in relationship with Him for eternity--and it changes everything.
Hope Church of Knoxville is a church on mission--we exist to obey Jesus' command to make disciples of all nations. Our obedience begins right here in Knoxville, as we preach the gospel to our neighbors and seek to live out its implications in every aspect of our lives together. Our obedience reaches to the ends of the earth as we seek to equip and send men and women to every tribe, tongue, and people group. Whether we're at home or abroad, across the street or across the world, around the block or around the globe, our desire is for every man and woman to know and to be known by the One who their hearts were made to worship.
As human beings, we are created to live and worship together, but because of our sinfulness, Christ exalting community isn't something that happens naturally. It takes the transforming power of the gospel to create community across boundaries--whether age, race, ethnic, economic, or otherwise. We believe that the Jesus we share is far more important than any of the things we don't.* Although we don't expect to be perfect, our prayer is that our church would be a community whose composition reflects the diversity of the culture around us and ultimately, the character of our glorious God, who is three in one.
Unity in diversity.
*Adapted from a statement by Mark Dever