Outreach is not a ‘hit and run’ foray into enemy territory, but an expression of our love for our neighbors in creative, organic, and structured ways. We do not need to wait for someone to be our best friend before we tell them about Christ, but we do seek authentically to know people, and care for them practically, and be a part of their lives, as a witness to the gospel which we desire to share. Social justice concerns, care for the poor and the rest of the needy in this world, are part of what it means to be authentically Christian. We are to do good to everyone, especially those who belong to the family of believers. But our outreach, while an expression of all our lives as Christians, is focused where Christ was focused in his journey from Bethlehem to Calvary: the cross. So it is our desire, locally, regionally, nationally, and globally, to be people who express the kind of courageous gospel witness (and gospel lifestyle) that will see many people come to faith in Jesus.
At Hope Fellowship this means that we have a consistent focus towards proclaiming Christ to those who do not know him and bringing people into our fellowship. We regularly take actions designed for this purpose. We also support regional, national, and global church planting initiatives along with those serving the church around the world. In our local outreach, we desire to be sensitive to outsiders and aware of their unfamiliarity with the things of Christ as we present the truth clearly and faithfully in love. Outreach does not involve “dumbing-down” the message; it is culturally and missionally incarnating the message through our words and lives so that others can see it in action.