Who We Are
John McKinzie has been in full-time pastoral ministry for more than 30 years. He is the Lead Pastor of Hope Fellowship with campuses located in Frisco, McKinney, and Prosper, Texas. He and his wife, Melissa, have four kids and reside in Frisco, TX.
John loves people and always has. His heart for Hope has always been that if people matter to God, then they should matter to us.
Why Hope Exists
The Mission & Vision of Hope Fellowship
We’re about two things at Hope and you can find them both in our mission:
We are inviting everyone to find Jesus and helping them move closer to the center of God’s purpose for their lives.
Everything we do at Hope serves that purpose or we don’t do it because people matter to God and they matter to us. It’s important to us that every person at Hope who considers themselves a partner in ministry learns to Love People, Connect to Hope, Grow in Community, and Serve Others. Here’s what we mean…
We believe that people matter to God; and since they matter to God, they matter to us!
We want our love for God to be shown in our love for each other. Regardless of where you are in your faith journey, at Hope, we strive to create a safe environment for all people.
Whoever you are, you are welcome at Hope! If you’re still in the discovery process, we want you to simply come and experience God’s love.
Connect to Hope
We believe that there is so much more to Hope Fellowship than attending a service. In 1 Corinthians 12:27, the Bible says “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you are a part of it.”
Since each of us matter at Hope, we long for you to connect to the mission of Hope Fellowship to invite everyone to find Jesus and help them move to the center of God’s purpose for their lives.
Grow in Community
Ever since the very first church began 2000 years ago, community has been at its core. In Acts 2, the Bible says that “All the believers devoted themselves to the Apostle’s teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals, and to prayer.”
We believe that model is still important to every believer today.
We believe in an active faith in God and a lifestyle of serving others. Jesus modeled this, as Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Join us as we reach out to others around us through ministry teams, local outreach, and mission trips.
What We Believe
Our Beliefs on Important Topics
God is the loving Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternal and completely good, completely just and completely holy, knowing all things, having all power and majesty. God exists as the Trinity, in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God invites us into a relationship of faith, friendship, learning and service to himself through the work of Christ his son on the cross and through the conviction of the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; John 14:6-9, 15-17; John 16:7-15; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 4:9-10, John 16:8)
About The Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and draws us to the Father. He baptizes us into the body of Christ indwelling every believer. He leads us to truth. He counsels us. He teaches us. He empowers us for witnessing. He continually fills us for living and walking in the Spirit. He distributes gifts to every believer. The fruit of the Spirit are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity. (John 16:8, 1 Cor. 12:13, John 16:13, John 14:16, John 14:26, Acts 1:8, Acts 4:31, Gal. 5:16-25, Eph. 5:18, 1 Cor. 12:4-11, Galatians 5:22-23)
The only means of salvation (forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with the Father) is Jesus Christ. He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins and he offers each of us a pardon for our sins and desires all to become children of God. Salvation is available when we recognize our own sinfulness (repentance: turn from our sins) and we place our trust in Christ’s work on the cross. (Acts 4:12 and John 14:6, I Peter 2:24, Hebrews 9:26, John 1:12) When we put our faith in Christ, it triggers a spiritual chain reaction:
- We become the Temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19).
- Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 3:5).
- We become citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20-21).
- We are given eternal life (John 3:16).
- We are adopted and become children of God (Galatians 4:4-7).
- Our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 8:12).
- We are credited with the righteousness of Christ (Romans 4:4-5).
- We are born-again (John 3:3). God takes ownership of us (I Corinthians 6:20).
- We receive an eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14 and I Peter 1:3-5).
- We become a new creation (II Corinthians 5:17) and are being transformed into the image of Christ (II Corinthians 3:18).
About Christ's Return
We believe in the physical second coming of Christ (the time for this cannot be known or predicted) in which he will restore all things. We believe in the resurrection of the dead for judgment and in the resurrection of the dead in Christ and transformation of every living believer for life everlasting (Matt. 24, Rev. 19- 21, 1 Cor. 15, 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He existed before anything else and he holds all creation together. God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ (fully human and fully divine) and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, was crucified for the sins of all, was buried, rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. Forgiveness of our sins and right relationship with God are found through Him alone. (Colossians 1:15-20, Matthew 1:18-23, Hebrews 7:26, I Peter 2:22 and I John 3:4,5, I Corinthians 5:21, I Peter 2:24, I Corinthians 15:4, Acts 1:9, 11, Philippians 2:9-11, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 4:12).
About The Bible
The Bible is infallible and the authoritative rule of faith and conduct for all humanity. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses his word to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (II Timothy 3:15-17, I Thessalonians 2:13 and II Peter 1:21).
About The Church
The church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. While the church is of divine creation, it is made up of imperfect people. It will not reach perfection until the Lord’s return. The purpose of the church is to worship God, evangelize the world and to equip the community of faith for ministry.
About Timeless Traditions
- Baptism in Water. The scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized. Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ and identification with the body of Christ. It is spiritually symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is a declaration to all that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Galatians 3:27-28).
- Communion. The Lord’s Supper consists of two elements: the bread and cup. These elements are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ and when we receive these elements, we are remembering Christ’s death and payment for our sin. Communion is a memorial of Christ’s sufferings on the cross and a celebration of our salvation.