HISTORICAL
BACKGROUND

New Hope Tabernacle is a ministry of The Church of God of Prophecy. The Church of God of Prophecy traces its Biblical founding back to the New Testament when Jesus began with a question to His disciples on the coast of Caesarea Philippi; “…but whom say ye that I am?” the final response of Peter; (Matthew 16:13-19) “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God” and Jesus’ subsequent acknowledgement and blessing that demonstrates the mutuality of understanding and the element of divine revelation which coexisted with Christ and His disciples. It was this element of divine revelation and mutual understanding that became the bedrock for the work of building the church that Christ was about to establish.

“And He goeth up into a mountain and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.” (Mark 3:3,14) Acknowledging fully that it was at this time that Christ set in order the church, ordaining the apostles, who were to be with Him. This same “church” was later to be endued with the Holy Ghost as they waited according to the words of Christ in the Upper Room. (Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8, 13-17 and Acts 2:1-4)

 

MODERN HISTORY

The modern history of the Church is closely intertwined with many of the major religious movements, which have swept across America and the world. The Church has a rich heritage rooted in the Protestant Reformation, including the efforts of Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and others.

When groups of radical reformers immigrated to America in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, their ideas found fertile soil and flourished in the colonies. Following the tradition of George Whitefield and John Wesley, the forefathers of the Church of God of Prophecy viewed their work and ministry as both a continuation and restoration of the Apostolic Church. Consequently, we are strongly rooted in the Holiness/Pentecostal tradition and continue to follow the ordinances as practiced by The New Testament

With this view of the church as the continuation of that which Christ began on the Horns of Mount Hattin in Palestine about A.D.28; our primary thrust is to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. Using the “Great Commission” of our Lord as He expresses it in Matthew 28: 18-20; our mandate is not only predetermined but set for us as a Church in these last days.

 

Some excerpts used are from the booklet – “An Introduction to the Church of God of Prophecy” with International Office, P.O. Box 2910, Cleveland TN. 37320-2910.

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