To know, love, and proclaim Christ.
John 17:3, Phil 3:7-14, Mark 12:30, 1 Peter 2:9
Aligned with Christ, defined by His love & united in His work.
1 Peter 2:4–5, Eph 2:20, John 17:26, John 13:34-35, Eph 4:11–13
Loving Christ, loving others and fulfilling His Great Commission.
Mark 12:30-31, John 13:34-35, Rom 10:14-15, Acts 1:8, Matt 28:18-20
Hoffmantown believes that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament (which consist of 66 books) are divinely inspired by God. Hoffmantown believes that the Scriptures in their original writings were without error. Accordingly, the Scriptures stand alone as Hoffmantown’s source for doctrine and teaching.
Matthew 5:17-18; Proverbs 30:5-6; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20- 21; Luke 1:1-3; 2 Samuel 23:2; John 10:35; Luke 16:17
Hoffmantown believes there is one and only one, living and true God (“God”). God is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being. He is the Creator, the Redeemer, the Preserver, and the Ruler of the universe. God is holy and perfect. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever present. His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future. To Him, all people owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. God reveals Himself to people as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6,14,18,21-22; Mark 12:29-32; Psalms 90:1-2; Genesis 1:1; Revelation 1:8; John 1:1; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6; Revelation 1:4-6; John 12:26; John 15:26; John 16:15; 1 Peter 1:2; Acts 2:32-36; 1 Corinthians 12:3-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 6:27; Romans 1:7; John 1:1-3; John 20:28; Hebrews 1:8; Philippians 2:6; Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:4,9
Hoffmantown believes that Jesus the Christ is God, The One and Only Begotten Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born to the virgin, Mary.
John 1:1-14; Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 7:14
Hoffmantown believes in God, the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who is equal with God, the Father, and Jesus Christ, the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit indwells the Believer, and He empowers the preaching and teaching of the gospel.
John 14:16; Matthew 28:19; John 16:7-11; John 3:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:9, 11; 2 Corinthians 1:21,22; Ephesians 3:16; John 16:13; Romans 8:4,14,26-27; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16
Hoffmantown believes that mankind was created in the image of God. Every person is born with a sinful nature, therefore, each one has sinned. Thereby, every person incurs not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.
Genesis 1:27; Genesis 5:1; 1 Corinthians 11:7; Romans 6:23; Romans 3:10; Romans 8:7; Galatians 3:22
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, and His shed blood was the propitiation for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice.
Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17; I John 2:2; I John 4:10; Hebrews 9:22; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Hebrews 4:15-16; 1 John 3:5; 1 Corinthians 15:3;Romans 5:8
Salvation, Heaven, Hell
Hoffmantown believes that all, who believe in and receive by faith Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit, and thereby become children of God and heirs of eternal life. (“Believers”). All Believers are justified on the basis of Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. For this reason, after physical death, all Believers live eternally in God’s holy presence. In contrast, all who do not believe in and do not receive Jesus Christ by faith are not justified before God. (The “Lost”). Upon physical death, the Lost will live eternally separated from God, and after the White Throne Judgment, will be tormented in the Lake of Fire (Hell) as described in the Scriptures.
Romans 1:8-17; John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 3:11; Deuteronomy 25:1; Proverbs 17:15; Romans 3:23-26; Romans 4:5-8,25; Romans 5:1,18-21; Romans 8:33; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:14,17; Ephesians 2:9; Romans 3:20-22; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:1-7; Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 5:16; James 2:17-26; John 3:7; John 1:13; John 3:6; John 3:8; John 3:5; 2 Peter 1:4; Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 36:26-27; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 1:1-12; Romans 8:9,14-17; Romans 8:19-23; 1 John 3:2; John 17:3, John 3:36, John 5:24, Romans 6:23; Hebrews 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 13:8; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:8,27; Matthew 25:31-46; Philippians 4:3; John 14:1-6; Hebrews 6:19-20; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 13:36-43, 2 Thessalonians 1:9
Resurrection, Ascension, Exaltation
Hoffmantown believes that Jesus Christ’s physical, crucified body was resurrected from the dead after three days; that after His resurrection and forty day ministry on earth, He ascended into Heaven; that He is presently acting as the High Priest, representing Believers before God; and that He is presently the advocate for Believers. We believe Jesus is the Name above every name, and that every knee will bow before Him, and every tongue will confess Him to be King of kings and Lord of lords
Luke 24:23-40; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:12-23,35-37; Acts 1:1-11; 1 Peter 3:22; Romans 14:11; Philippians 2: 9-11; I Timothy 6:15; John 14:18; Hebrews 4:14-15; Hebrews 5:1-10; Hebrews 13:5; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 8:1,2; Hebrews 9:11-15,24; I John 2:1
Hoffmantown believes that Jesus Christ will return to the earth in glorified form.
Hoffmantown believes in the bodily resurrection of all people, the Lost and the Believers; the everlasting conscious suffering of the Lost in the Lake of Fire; and the eternal fellowship of Believers in heaven.
Acts 1:1-11; 1 Peter 3:22; Titus 2:13; Romans 8:18-25; 1 Peter 1:7,13; 1 Peter 4:13; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:7; Acts 1:11; Mark 13:33-37; Matthew 24:22, 24, 29-51; Luke 21:34; 2 Peter 3:11; Matthew 24:42-51
Hoffmantown believes in the existence of the devil, also known as Satan. Satan is a liar, seeking to deceive men and turn them from God. Satan, all his angelic hosts, and all the Lost; those who have not received Christ as their Lord and Savior, will be eternally separated from God and tormented in the Lake of Fire.
Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 20:10,14,15; Revelation 19:20
Hoffmantown believes that all Believers comprise the “Church.” The Church’s mission is to preach, teach, declare, and make known the Scriptures to all the world, through the formal proclamation of the Scriptures and through the Believer’s complete, transformed, and consistent lifestyle.
Ephesians 5:23-32; Colossians 1:18; Matthew 18:20; Ephesians 1:22-23, Colossians 2:19; Colossians 3:15; Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 15:16; Ephesians 1:15-23; Ephesians 3:8-10; Ephesians 4:15,16; Colossians 1:10-28
We believe that, within the local body of Believers (“Local Church”), God provides a team of Pastor(s), Elders, Deacons and other workers who are to guide and enable the congregation to develop spiritual maturity.
Hoffmantown believes each Believer is commanded by God to exercise care and consideration with regard to all the time, all the possessions, and all the wealth which God has entrusted to each Believer.
Matthew 20:8; Galatians 4:2; Luke 16:2,3; 1 Corinthians 4:1,2; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 9:17; Ephesians 3:2; Colossians 1:25; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 8:2; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15; Philippians 4:10,14-19
Ordinances, Baptism, Communion
Hoffmantown believes in two ordinances of the Church, given by Jesus Christ: 1) Baptism and 2) the Lord’s Supper. Hoffmantown believes that baptism by immersion is commanded of all Believers as an act of obedience, signifying the death, burial, and resurrection “in Christ” of the Believer. Hoffmantown does not believe in baptismal regeneration, nor does it believe that baptism is necessary to be a Believer. Likewise, Hoffmantown believes that the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience by which Believers memorialize the death of Jesus Christ until He returns.
Romans 6:3,4; Acts 18:8; 1 Peter 3:21; Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:38-41; Acts 8:12,13,36,38; Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; John 3:23; Luke 3:21-22; Acts 8:35-39, Acts 16:30-33; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12; Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
Philosophy of Ministry
These seven pillars define the philosophy of ministry at Hoffmantown Church. By God’s grace, all that we do at Hoffmantown will rest on these pillars which flow from an understanding of Living Grace. Only in daily surrender to God and His word can we become conduits through whom He accomplishes His work. We are not interested in producing ministry for God. Our hope and prayer is to join God in what He is already doing.
True ministry is initiated by God.
Anything of eternal significance originates with God, not man. There must be an identifiable sense of God’s leading before true ministry takes place. God distributes spiritual gifts as He wills to each believer, providing both the ability and motivation for the specific ministry He has purposed. God also determines the result of His ministry, which will always glorify Him and edify the body. Our call is not simply to man’s good works, but to God’s good work—to join what He is initiating. (I Cor. 12:4-7; Rom. 11:36)
Ministry God initiates is anointed.
Where God guides, He provides. God prepares us for ministry done according to His power by revealing our sinfulness in light of His holiness. He, then, empowers us for His ministry through the Holy Spirit. If He initiates something, it will have His blessing. Whatever God initiates is anointed. It is not up to us to measure results. When God moves, He does things His way. We must be careful never to think we can accomplish true ministry through our wisdom, strength or resources. (Is. 6:1-8; Judges 17,18)
True ministry is received from God, not achieved for God.
True ministry is not us coming up with an idea and asking God to bless it. Or see a need and offer God our suggestions and solutions. It is learning to join God in what He is already doing. Even when we have a sense that something is God’s will, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is His timing. Often there is a period of waiting between our awareness of a need and God raising up His solution. Since God both initiates and anoints ministry, He is also faithful to reveal His direction in His time. We are responsible to wait in faith on the Lord until He gives direction, and then act in courageous faith on that direction.
(John 11:1-46; Acts 16:1-12; Phil.1:12-14, 4:22; Rom. 11:36)
True ministry is a result of our surrender, not of our commitment.
To be a Christian is to be a bondservant. The most important word in the Christian life is not commitment, but surrender. For example, we can be committed in the energy of our flesh without ever surrendering control to Christ. Surrender means living in submission to the will and word of Christ and recognizing the necessity of God doing what only He can do. Ministry that flows out of man’s efforts requires striving, and matters not in eternity. Ministry that flows out of surrender requires a continual yielding, and produces eternal fruit. (Rom. 1:1, 9, 14, Rom. 15:17, 18)
God alone gets the glory for His ministry.
Ministry that flows out of man’s efforts glorifies man. Ministry that flows from a surrendered walk glorifies God who does the work and brings the results. In yielding to him, we allow His worth and nature to be clearly seen as He lives through us. It is a most grievous sin for man to usurp the glory of God. All ministry is for the sake of the King and His kingdom. (Rom. 11:33-36; Gal. 2:20; Is. 48:8, 11; 2 Cor. 4:7; Eph. 3:21)
A true ministry that is of the Lord is an organism, not an organization.
God accomplishes His ministry through the body of Christ, the Church. The church is not a system; it is a living, breathing organism composed of those indwelt by the Spirit through faith in Christ with Christ as the head. We’re a body, not a business! Just as the human body has different parts, each with its own function; so each member of Christ’s body has different gifts, all working together to glorify Him. (Rom. 12:1-9)
The role of church leadership is not to do all the work of service, but to equip the body.
We do not call our pastoral staff “ministers” for we are all “priests” (1 Peter 2:9). We are all called to minister. It is the responsibility of leadership to equip the body to minister (Eph. 4:11-16). When the body is equipped in God’s way, then the gifts operate. It is then that the Spirit of God manifests the love of Christ that is the identifying mark on those who are walking with Him.