Practicing the way

At Hope Community Church, we are committed to our apprenticeship to Jesus and practicing the way of Jesus is our main goal.  To practice the way of Jesus means to:

Be With Jesus

Become Like Jesus

Do What Jesus Did

Below, you will find resources we've compiled to help you practice the way of Jesus. 

Be with Jesus

Resources to help you be with Jesus.


Resources to help you become like Jesus.

  • There is power when we gather together around a table. The table is used as imagery for the Kingdom of God several times throughout scripture. Even in modern times we understand that conversations happen around the table, there is a power in a family meal, in someone taking you out for dinner. 

    Jesus was often found teaching and being with people at meals. Robert Karris said “in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is either going to a meal, at a meal, or coming from a meal.” 

    There is also power when we live together as believers in community to empower, encourage, equip, and hold accountable one another as we practice the way of Jesus. 

    At Hope, dinner groups are one way that we gather around the table with others apprenticed to Jesus to be formed by the Spirit together. We eat food, and work together on spiritual practices that help us practice the way of Jesus in our daily lives.

    Recommended Reading:

    A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community & Mission Around the Table by Tim Chester

    Opportunities at Hope:

    Dinner Groups - New groups begin each fall and spring

    Teaching Video:

    B.E.L.L.S.: Eat (Pastor Nathanael Lyon - October 23, 2022)

  • Dallas Willard said "God has yet to meet anyone except where they actually are.” There is a connection between our formation to Jesus and our understanding of and wrestling with our authentic self. 

    Augustine said ‘Grant, Lord that I may know myself that I may know thee.” 

    We have all been implanted with the Imago Dei (Image of God) within us. As we learn about who we are, how we have been formed by our past, our culture, our history, our experience, and our uniqueness as a human being, we learn how to best apprentice ourselves to Jesus and practice the way answering the question “What Would Jesus Do, If He Were Me?” 

    At Hope we believe that learning about ourselves can help us connect more deeply with God’s calling on our lives and with our Identity in Him.

    Recommended Reading:

    Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero

    The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

    Opportunities at Hope:

    Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Book Club - Meeting Fall 2023

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DO what Jesus Did

Resources to help you do what Jesus did.

  • Each week, we speak a phrase from our stage at Hope: “A community of people, gathered together, passionately pursuing Christ with our lives, doing our part to make our community look more like the Kingdom of Heaven.” We take this responsibility seriously. 

    Jesus taught us to pray that God’s Kingdom would come so it would be “on earth as it is in heaven.” We believe that part of the responsibility of following Jesus is to do kingdom work to usher in God’s Kingdom. 

    One of the ways we can do that is by making our community a better place to live. A place where people’s needs are met, where people are valued, loved, seen, and known, because in the Kingdom of God, that’s how it is. So we mobilize in our community collectively and individually to help accomplish those goals.

    Local Partners:

    Life Plan

    Hope Ministries

    Reach the Forgotten

    Spero House

    Luvability Ministries

    Opportunities at Hope:

    Serve at Hope (children's ministry, tech team, ushers and greeters, facilities team, meals ministries, and many more opportunities)

    Hope's Missions and Outreach Ministries (Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry, Community Garden, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Weenie Wednesdays, Holiday Giving, Missions Trips)

    Teaching Video:

    Kingdom Come: Kingdom People (Pastor Nathanael Lyon - October 9, 2022)

  • We live in a world that is increasingly isolated. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the speed of that movement. If we feel this weight as followers of Jesus who gather regularly together and work to build community into our rhythms, it’s a safe bet that those living in our neighborhoods are experiencing the same. 

    We often spend time wishing that we had more opportunities to do Kingdom Work, to show people the love of Jesus. Perhaps one of the easiest ways we can do that is by starting in our actual neighborhoods with our actual neighbors. Jesus called us to love our neighbors, and yes he applied that to even our enemies, but often we take that parable to use it as a reason to NOT love the people who are our actually neighbors. We don’t think that was Jesus intent. 

    Being a great neighbor could be one of the most impactful ways you can expand God’s Kingdom on earth as your neighborhood grows in love, support, and community with one another.

    Recommended Reading:

    The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon


    The Art of Neighboring website

    Teaching Videos:

    The Art of Neighboring  Study - RightNow Media

    The Art of Neighboring Series (Pastor Nathanael Lyon - June 2023)

  • One of the tenets of our faith is that all people across the globe are all created in the Image of God, the Imago Dei. 

    God created us to be in community with those in our local communities but also to be a part of the full, global Church, the Body of Christ. 

    The Spirit of God is alive and at work not just in our neighborhood or city, or state, or country, but all over the world. There is much we can learn from our brothers and sisters in Christ across the globe, and there is much we can share with them. We believe that experiencing how others worship God across the globe and working in ministry alongside other Christians in other parts of the world shapes us, as we are given a more complete picture of God and of the Spirit at work in the world and within us. We believe it’s vital that all followers of Jesus find ways to expand their worldview by going on a trip to see other parts of the global Church.

    Opportunities at Hope:

    Watch for announcements about upcoming mission trip opportunities.

  • In the book of Genesis 18, we read a story of Abraham showing hospitality to three men who happened to come by his home. It ended up being angels with a message for Abraham from God. Since that moment, the rest of the history of the people of God has placed a high value on hospitality. 

    Throughout scripture those who show hospitality are honored and blessed by God. It’s in some ways a lost value in our culture today, or when people are hospitable it’s a fancy dinner where there is a pressure to be impressive, or it’s patronizing where people “reach down” to help someone who they feel is below them socially or otherwise. Yet true hospitality where we love those around us with a meal, with the opening of our homes, with invitations out to a picnic, or an event, are often lost. How do we as the people of God recapture the discipline of hospitality as part of our apprenticeship to Jesus?

    Recommended Reading:

    A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission Around the Table by Tim Chester

    Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff

    Teaching Video:

    B.E.L.L.S.: Bless (Pastor Nathanael Lyon - October 16, 2022)

  • The last words Jesus spoke on this earth to his disciples were to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Telling the world about the Gospel, the good news, that Jesus Christ is King is a critical part of being an apprentice of Jesus. This practice has taken many shapes and forms over time and has looked different as each generation and culture wrestles with the best way to reach people in their cultural context. As Paul says “to become all things to all people” so that the Gospel message can be heard. 

    To effectively do this as followers of Jesus, we have to first understand what we mean when we use the term Gospel. If we can’t define it, how can we tell others about it? Preaching the Gospel takes practice, and reflection. So in this practice we will take time to understand our own definitions of Gospel, and our own stories and how that impacts the way we preach the Gospel.

    One of the best in depth resources we know of that speaks on this is from Practicing the Way

    Practicing the Way: Preaching the Gospel

    This can walk you and your family or dinner group through the process of preaching the Gospel.