Sovereign Hope Church was born from a desire to begin a loving community absorbed with all God is for us in Christ. We wanted to build an environment in which God was the most exciting subject for discussion, creativity, and expression. If you were to visit us, you would overhear countless conversations between people sharing what they have learned about Christ that week, what He is doing in their lives, and how His kingdom is advancing.
As said above, we craved a close-knit culture of love. After all, Jesus said the world would know we are His disciples if we love one another (John 13:35). The people of Sovereign Hope Church thoroughly enjoy each other with true affections. One young couple decided to make SHC their home church after just one visit, saying: "You immediately felt like family!"
However, more important than the sweet sentimentality is our sincere desire to pursue each other's highest good in Christ. Our strength of unity comes from understanding the love of Christ together.
One of the great prayers we have for SHC is found in Ephesians 3:14-21:
"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
Why the name Sovereign Hope?
SOVEREIGN means that God is the Supreme King over the entire universe (Acts 4:24). God's sovereignty describes His ability to do exactly as He pleases in all places and at all times, totally free from all restraint and interferance."Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases" (Psalm 115:3), and "Whatever the LORD pleases, He does" (Psalm 135:6), so that "none can stay His hand or say to Him, 'What have You done?'" (Daniel 4:35).
At all times and in all places, God is actively accomplishing all His purpose (Isaiah 46:10). God demonstrated this most clearly when Christ, who "upholds the universe by the word of His power" (Hebrews 1:3), gladly orchestrated every detail of His own death according to His eternal plan (Acts 4:28).
The beauty of all this is that it pleases God to sovereignly pursue our joy in Christ (Ephesians 1:11). He has permanently attached His glory to our good. His pleasure and our joy are welded together in the finished work of His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the certain foundation of our hope.
HOPE describes the absolute guarantee we have of future grace, that is, God's promise of utter goodness and rich blessing at the Return of Christ.
This Sovereign King "has caused us to be born again to a living hope" (1 Peter 1:3). All of Christian life can be summarized as "waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13), when He will return "to save those who are eagerly waiting [hoping] for Him" (Hebrews 9:28).
The average Christian does not entertain the thought of Christ's Return on a monthly basis, much less "eagerly" hope in it. Our spirit has been redeemed so that we may live by faith in the imminent, personal and visible Return of Christ: "in this hope we were saved" (Romans 8:24).
"Since we have such a hope, we are very bold" to build a community of faith eagerly awaiting the return of our Sovereign King (2 Corinthians 3:12).