Sharing life together is one of the core values of Greater Hope Church. We can’t follow Jesus alone. We are called to share life together as His disciples. Believers share what they have with each other—abilities, time, resources. Following Jesus brings us together and fills us with love for one another. That means we know one another, care for one another’s needs, and grow together as Jesus’ disciples. 

That’s the purpose of Community Groups. They are small groups of people that meet regularly to enjoy Jesus, care for each other, and reach out into their neighborhood. Community Groups are about sharing life as Christians. In addition, Community Groups are a great place to explore what it means to follow Jesus. 


Community Groups exist to point each other to Jesus. That means that Community Groups will be one of the primary places for discipleship at Greater Hope Church. The groups meet regularly to read the Bible, adore God, confess sins, and pray for His help. Leaders will be given resources and training to help everyone in the group develop their personal Bible reading, prayer, and meditation practices. 


Community Groups exist to care for one another. That means that Community Groups will be one of the primary places for pastoral care at Greater Hope Church. The group will pray for one another regularly, counsel one another with the gospel, and tend to one another’s spiritual and material needs. If needs exceed the abilities of the group, Community Group leaders can refer those needs to pastoral staff for further help. 


Community Groups exist to work together to serve our neighbors. That means that Community Groups will be one of the primary places for mission at Greater Hope Church. Groups will generally be focused on one or two neighborhoods, giving the group the opportunity to know and respond to needs close to home. Community Group is a great place to share the gospel, show hospitality, and show mercy to our neighbors. 

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Serving others 

We don't want to be a church just for ourselves. We want to be a church in Mulberry that serves others. We want to be a blessing to everyone around us. We believe discipleship involves every area of life, and so God’s calling for us is to not only build a good church but to invest what God has given each of us in helping make Mulberry a better place for everyone. We believe this means three things specifically: (1) we will tell others the good news that has changed our lives, (2) we will respond to God's love for us by doing deeds of compassionate mercy, and (3) we will pray and work for reconciliation in relationships in our community. 

Spreading the Good News 

We pray for a movement of gospel renewal in our city and beyond. So we participate in the work of church planting in Polk County, the state of Florida, nationally, and internationally. We believe that we are especially called to support church plants in small towns and cities like ours. By God’s grace, we hope to help recruit, train, and send people into this work. 


The gospel is the liberating message of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. It is good news. Not good advice. At Greater Hope Church, we want everything we say and do to be rooted in this life-changing message. We all need it everyday. It is the way we start a genuine relationship with God, and it is also the way we go deeper in that relationship. It is how we experience God’s forgiveness, and how we are transformed into people who follow Jesus in all of life. So what is the gospel?


The gospel is the message about how we got here and why we are here. We are not accidents, but were created by God. God is holy—which means He is incomparable, completely unlike any other. He is greater and better than anyone or anything else. Out of love, God chose to create human beings in His own image. We were made to connect to Him and reflect who He is in the world.


We are part of a cosmic rebellion against God. From the first human beings created (Adam and Eve), we have chosen to follow our own way instead of God’s. Even though we were made to connect to the irreplaceable God, all we have done is try to replace Him. We’ve tried to be our own gods. Everyone worships something, but instead of worshiping our Creator we have turned to worship created things. We are guilty of treason. We are separated from God and unable to find or earn our way back to Him.


God loved His enemies and sent His Son Jesus to rescue them. Jesus is more than a mere human being. He is God. He willingly entered our world, was born a human being, and did everything necessary to bring us back to God. He lived the perfect life—representing us so that we could be accepted by God. He died the death we deserved—our sins were put on Him and He was punished in our place for our treason. He rose again—showing that His death had been accepted as the payment for our debt and overcoming the power of death so that we could have new life. Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords.


We are rescued by trusting Jesus and not ourselves. God calls us to return to Him through the work of His Son. To answer His call, we have to first lay down our weapons. We have to call off our rebellion against Him, to renounce our attempts to replace God. Turning from life our way, we are called to embrace Jesus. He is worthy and we are called to trust Him and love Him more than anyone or anything else. So the gospel is not about getting more religious. Religion is all about working our way to God. The gospel is about Jesus—finding life through what He does for us. He has done for us what we could never do for ourselves. He makes us right with God and changes us into people who love God and others. So being rooted in the gospel means that we are humble (we know we are far worse than we ever thought). It also means we are secure in God’s love (we know we are more loved than we could ever imagine).