About HopeKeepers® Indy
HopeKeepers®Indy is sponsored by Hope Community Church in Brownsburg, IN.
We are a Christian small-group ministry offering support for adults
who live with chronic illnesses or chronic physical conditions – either personally or as a caregiver.
Our group is open to adult men and women.
HopeKeepers®Indy is affiliated with Rest Ministries, Inc.
OUR KEY VERSES
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Through supportive small-group meetings and website education and resources,
HopeKeepers® Indy shares hope and faith in Christ, as well as emotional, relational,
and practical means to meet the challenges of chronic illness and physical conditions.
To glorify God through understanding His purpose for illness in our lives
To provide small-group and online support and education about chronic illness
To offer a sanctuary of honesty, understanding, and trust at our small-group meetings
To learn what God’s Word teaches about illness, through Bible studies and discussions
To involve others in serving the chronically ill, and to encourage the chronically ill to serve others
To further understanding in the church about the daily challenges, sufferings, and struggles of people who live with chronic illness
To reach beyond our church doors and bring the message of Christ and His love to our community
OUR VIEWPOINT ON HEALING
We believe that God can and does heal in our current day. We also believe, however, that God offers strength in our weakness and, at times, allows us to grow spiritually, although not always comfortably, by allowing the “thorns” into our lives (2 Cor. 12:9).
We believe that God can heal despite our lack of faith, if it is his will, therefore, we are not able to meet a formula of “praying harder,” and be guaranteed an outcome of healing (Mark 6:56). Illness is not necessary a sign that we have done something wrong (John 9:3) nor that we have “hidden sin” in our lives (John 5:14).
We caution against worshiping “the idea of healing” rather than God (Exodus 30:3). Although we encourage people to pray for God’s healing, we also comfort them in their pain; as we believe that we are called to comfort others in their pain, as God has comforted us in our own (2 Cor. 1:3-5), even when we are still living with pain in our own lives (1 Peter 4:10).
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
Romans 1:16 say, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for the salvation of everyone who believes. . .” In a time when it is politically correct to say and believe many things, we stand firm on what the Bible says.
About God: God is the creator and the ruler of the universe. There is only one, true holy God. He eternally exists in three personalities: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1: 1,26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
About Jesus: Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father (God). Jesus lived on earth by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.(Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14: 10-30; Hebrew 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; John 14:6; Hebrews 13:8)
About the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need of Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:1-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
About the Bible: The sole basis for our belief is the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the final authority on all matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; James 1:22; Hebrews 4:12; Romans 1:16-17)
About Salvation: Because of the sin of Adam, all have sinned and are separated from God. The result is eternal death and separation from God. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, however, we have the gift from God to all people, Salvation. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can people be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:2;Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1,8; John 1:12; Romans 10:13; Revelation 3:20)