The purpose of Hope Equips is to fulfill the exhortation in scripture for the church to present everyone mature in Christ. Our desire is to provide practical opportunities and resources to equip and build up the faith of individual Christians. We believe that as Christians learn more about God, His Word, and His World, they will be better suited to sharpen other believers and to engage effectively and compassionately with others and the challenges around us.
The issue of “Identity” is of incredible significance. The way we understand this issue informs and shapes our purpose, worldview, ethics, relationships and so much more. In contemporary society, many voices compete for precedence in thinking about this question. Our culture has not remained silent on this issue; instead it offers positions and theories that continue to gain popularity–even in the church. However, Christians have not been left without a word from the LORD on this issue: the Bible gives an authoritative position––one that seeks to define identity by that which unites us rather than that which divides.
One of the things that is becoming increasingly obvious in our current day is the lack of meaningful conversations. Whether that be due to ignorance, fear, timidity, or laziness, the scarcity of intentional and meaningful conversation is resulting in a fractured culture—and the church is not immune. Though it seems to be cliche to say it these days, this is a gospel issue. Unity in the church is not optional, it is essential.
Christ we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.