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What to Expect
  • God
    "We believe in one God, creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory."
  • The Bible
    "We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises."
  • The Human Condition
    "We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God's saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed."
  • Jesus Christ
    "We believe Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two nature. Jesus - Israel's promised Messiah - was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate."
  • The Work of Christ
    "We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation."
  • The Holy Spirit
    "We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service."
  • The Church
    "We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer."
  • Christian Living
    "We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. WIth God's Word, the Spirit's power, and fervent prayer in Christ's name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ's commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed."
  • Christ's Return
    "We believe in the personal, bodily and premillenial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission."
  • Response and Eternal Destiny
    "We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen."

The story of a local church, like an individual, unfolds in a unique way. An appreciation of the beginning and past provides perspective for understanding its present manifestation. 

Living Hope Church, formerly Grace Evangelical Free Church (GEFC), began through some group Bible studies in the 1980’s. The desire was to establish a Bible-preaching church in Jefferson City that was open to people from a variety of backgrounds. We encourage all to develop a personal relationship with Christ and welcome into membership all who show evidence of such a relationship.

The first public worship service was on Easter in 1986. Bart Larson preached those very first sermons. At that time, the congregation was characterized by systematic teaching of the Scriptures, a family atmosphere, a concern to reach the lost, and support for missions. Many church plants do not survive more than a few years, and Living Hope endured its share of challenges.

In 1998, I was called to become the pastor. A congregation is more than its pastor or even the members. There is a dynamic of the Spirit at work in the group life of the people. As of this writing, I have served the congregation for almost 19 years. Many people have come and gone; each one was significant. It has been my aim to keep Christ central, holding fast to this principle: “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone complete in Christ (Col. 1:28).” We long to see people transformed by God’s word to transform the world. It can happen, but one person at a time.

Come join in our story. 

Pastor Mark Kiekhaefer

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Living Hope Church

3011 S. Ten Mile Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109

Phone: 573.893.3359

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