We rejoice in the amazing grace of God, which saves us, renews us and transforms us. Each Sunday at HOFGP our worship teams lead us in exalting the person and works of Christ through contemporary praise songs and traditional hymns.
Sunday is Our Weekly Holiday!
We celebrate our Lord’s Day each week as a delightful holiday for the family of God. The atmosphere of our weekly gathering is intended to be a wonderful family reunion, full of joy and loving concern for one another. We make every effort to teach sound doctrine and life-transforming truth to both children and adults.
Each of our Sunday services include a celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and a Shared Meal afterward. Visitors are welcome as our guests! This extended time together allows our members to reconnect with one another, and share what’s going on in their lives. Talk with our Elders and Deacons during this time. We are eager to share with you our vision for fruitful ministry and kingdom building.
We hold that Jesus’ command to “make disciples” is central to the Christian life. Disciple-making includes both reaching out to lost people and equipping fellow Christians to live like Jesus taught. Disciple-making includes, at its heart, the loving, faithful, shepherding of our families and neighbors.
We believe that any discipleship that overlooks the equipping of the next generation in our own homes and community is shortsighted. God has strategically placed men in the crucial discipling role of raising their children in the fear and instruction of the Lord (see Ephesians 6:4). As fathers are successful in this responsibility, they produce future disciple makers, and show themselves fit for greater leadership in the Lord’s Church. We encourage parents to evangelize alongside their children and let their light shine before men.
Household of Faith Church loves children and we welcome them in our services. Jesus said to “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).
We believe children are a wonderful blessing to their parents and to the church (Psalm 127:3-5). We therefore do not separate them from their moms and dads, but encourage families to be together in our worship services. We do not offer a Sunday School, Youth Group or Children’s Church service. Instead, we gather for a family-integrated service that draws everyone of all ages into worship.
We realize that worshipping together may be a new experience for some families, and that young children often need training to be able to sit with their parents. But the effort is well worth it. We encourage parents to train children to enjoy being included and to coach them in worship. We hope you will appreciate using our Changing Areas (to change diapers and attitudes). We find that when families are united in worship together, they enjoy greater unity and contentment at home. Our resource table includes materials to help children engage in and enjoy our services.
Equipping Men to Lead
“For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord” (Genesis 18:19).
We are inspired by God’s call upon Abraham to direct his children in godliness. That is why we put so much emphasis on equipping men to lead their families.
We hold the complementarian view of gender roles, which defines men and women as wonderfully different by God’s design. We rejoice in the union God has created between husband and wife and the powerful, parenting partnership they make together. When parents fulfill their respective roles of headship and nurture, godly homes are established (see Psalms 112, 127, 128).
At Household of Faith we teach that men need to be respected by the women in their lives in order to play their strategic part in God’s plan for the good of all. Likewise, women need to be loved, cherished, protected and provided for by the men in their lives in order to play their parts in God’s plan for the good of all. In this, God is not putting women down, but He is raising men up for the good of all.
A man is the head of his wife just as Christ is the head of the church and God the Father is the head of Christ. In the Godhead, there is nothing demeaning or abusive about these complementary roles of loving headship and respectful submission. We find in Scripture and in practical experience that most men, by virtue of their role in the home, can influence their families in significant ways. When a family man is converted, he often brings his entire household with him to Christ, sometimes his entire social network as well. As he grows in grace he begins to provide the ministry and leadership his family truly needs. “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).
Therefore, the best and most Biblical thing we can do for the sanctification and pastoral care of women and children in any community is to call the men into servant leadership in their lives.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
One of the key roles of the church is to support fathers in their efforts to love their wives and train up their children in godliness. This does not come easy, especially in today’s culture where most men were not raised in homes where discipleship was modeled.
We encourage fathers to make a commitment to developing regular devotional habits, and then to lead their families in worship on a regular basis. There is no standard formula for leading family worship, although the basics of Bible reading, singing and prayer form a foundation.
As it says in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” The elders of HOFGP are committed to helping dads gain confidence and bear fruit in this area.
Storehouse Tithes & Offerings
We teach New Testament “grace giving” under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
In the Old Testament, God’s people were required to “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house” (Malachi 3:8-10). In the New Testament, giving continues to supply the church’s ministers, members and missions, but it is no longer divesting oneself of money. It is, rather, an investment in far safer opportunities which yield far better returns (Philippians 4:17).
Every Christian is commanded to love others and to give in proportion to his income (2 Corinthians 8:12-15 &1 Timothy 6:17-19). All such giving is to be done cheerfully, from a willing heart, without compulsion (see 2 Corinthians 9:6-8). God does not need our money. He already owns everything. But our fellow members will have need of occasional charity.
Consider blessing HOFGP with your tithes and offerings. Identify where you would turn for assistance in times of crisis, and then help make that resource financially strong for everyone. Checks may be written to “HOFGP.” All gifts to HOFGP are tax-deductible. Receipts are provided by mail annually.
Your Budget For Hospitality
“… go to the place that the LORD your God chooses and spend [an annual tithe] for whatever you desire… And you shall eat there before the LORD your God and rejoice, you and your household” (see Deuteronomy 14:22-26).
The spirit of this Celebration Tithe continues in God’s command that we practice hospitality toward one another. Hospitality, and especially the sharing of meals, is an offering of worship toward God expressed by loving one another.
On this basis, we encourage all our members to budget a generous portion of their income for use in celebration. Bring quality food to the church Shared Meal. Gather with relatives during appropriate holidays to celebrate. Use these resources for rejoicing with your family and friends. Make your home an embassy of God’s kingdom. As your income allows, consider taking your family on a ministry vacation or a short-term missions trip.