About Hope Community Church in Snohomish, WA

Hi! We are the Potts family. We are excited to start a new church in a city and region we love: Snohomish, WA.

Jeff and Ashley have been married for 14 years. They have counseled marriages and led community groups throughout their whole marriage and ministry. They have four kids: Gabriel (9), Riley (7), Brady (6), and Beckett (3).

Jeff has been a pastor at Canyon Hills Community Church for nearly ten years leading ministries, discipleship and community groups, and preaching. He has his Masters in Biblical Counseling and has experience in preaching and discipleship training locally and internationally.

"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."

Romans 12:12

"So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him."

2 Corinthians 5:9

Our family loves our region. We believe we can plant in the Snohomish area because of the roots that we have placed here for over ten years in the community.

With our neighborhood school, sports leagues, and affinity for bakeries, we have built great relationships with both non-Christians and Christians, and have goodwill in this particular community of people. We believe that we can make a positive and significant gospel impact in this area we live in and love. 

"Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved."

Romans 10:1

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We are so excited to get to plant from Canyon Hills Community Church. Canyon Hills has been a strong, Gospel-centered church in Bothell for over 25 years, and we believe this church plant is a natural expression of their mission to make more and better disciples.

We want to plant in this area because we see many people in our city that don’t have hope in Jesus. We see starting a new church in our city as a clear effort to see people come to faith in Jesus for the first time. Many of our school, neighbor, and sports friends are non-Christians and our prayer and heart’s desire is that they would be saved. We also see people from all over the world moving into our area. We desire to know them and love them and share hope in Jesus with them.

We want to plant in this area because we see many people in our city that have hope in Jesus and aren’t using their gifts. God has called us as Christians to share hope with people around them that don’t know Jesus yet. We want inspire and encourage believers to share hope in Jesus through this church plant. Our prayer is to start a church that becomes a healthy, Gospel-centered church that plants more Gospel-centered churches all over the world.

Vision

VISION

That every person would experience real and eternal hope in Jesus.

Every person wants and needs hope. Real hope is found in Jesus. Those who hope in Jesus have joy, freedom, and eternal life. 

"Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love."

"The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish."

"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."

"For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience."

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."

Mission

Equip and send hope-filled people to impact their community with the Gospel.

God calls us to go make disciples of all nations and has gifted each person to reach the people around them. We want to cheer that work on!

"And Jesus came and said to them: 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witness in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

"Now there were at the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabus, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a life-long friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said: 'Set apart for me Barnabus and Saul for the work to which I have called them.' Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off."

"For 'everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.' How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news.'"

"And what you have seen and heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

Strategy

Create environments for people to find, enjoy, and share hope in Jesus with community.

Through Sunday worship and biblical community, we will give opportunities for people to know Jesus, love him, and serve him through loving others.

"Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!"

"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works."

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."

"Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ."

"After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'"

Values

Worship.

We exist to worship Jesus. This is Jesus' church. It is built from him, for him, and to him. Our vision is for every person to experience real and eternal hope in Jesus.

"For from God and through God and to him are all things. To him be be glory forever. Amen."

Romans 11:36

"But I will hope continually and praise you yet more and more."

Psalm 71:14

"And in Jesus' name the Gentiles will have hope."

Matthew 12:21

Relationships.

People crave a place to belong. Sunday worship, community groups, and serving the city will create spaces for people to know, love, and serve Jesus together. Our neighbors will experience a church that loves God, loves each other, and loves them. We strive for diversity of thought, socioeconomic status, age, and ethnicity as an expression of Gospel community.

"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together which is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."

Hebrews 10:23-24

"So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves because you had become very dear to us."

1 Thessalonians 2:8

"For Jesus himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the diving wall of hostility."

Ephesians 2:14

Gospel Pursuit.

God pursued us, so we pursue other people with the hope of the Gospel. Our mission is to equip and send hope-filled people to impact our community with the Gospel. We will pray, plan, and work to share hope in Jesus with the people God puts around us.

"God sent redemption to his people."

Psalm 111:9

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. And behold I will be with you always, to the end of the age."

Matthew 18:19-20

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

Acts 1:8

Prayer.

Our vision is to see every person experience real and eternal hope in Jesus. Only God can do this. So we MUST pray. We will pray and ask God how to reach people in the most effective way possible for our culture and context. We will empower Christians to think and pray strategically how they can be an ambassador for God.

"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."

Luke 10:2

"Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved."

Romans 10:1

"Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."

2 Corinthians 5:20

God's Word.

God's Word is perfect, powerful, and relevant to people today. People find, enjoy, and share hope through the truth in God's Word.

"The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul."

Psalm 19:7

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."

2 Timothy 3:16-17

"For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."

Hebrews 4:12

Equipping & sending.

Our vision is for every person to experience real and eternal hope in Jesus. We will build up people in their faith and send out leaders all over the world to start new churches. Our vision is to raise up spiritual leaders to share hope through community groups multiplied, missionaries sent out, and new churches planted.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Matthew 28:19-20

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

Acts 1:8

"And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

2 Timothy 2:2

Beliefs

God: The Trinitarian Godhead

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is infinitely perfect both in his love and in his holiness. He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy to receive all glory and adoration. Immortal and eternal, he perfectly and exhaustively knows the end from the beginning, sustains and sovereignly rules over all things, and providentially brings about his eternal good purposes to redeem a people for himself and restore his fallen creation, to the praise of his glorious grace. (Genesis 1:26; 11:7; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:1-2,14,18; Romans 8; Hebrews 1:8-9; 1 Peter 1:2; Revelation 1:5-6; 22:3)

God's revelation: The Bible

God has graciously disclosed his existence and power in the created order, and has supremely revealed himself to fallen human beings in the person of his Son, the incarnate Word. Moreover, this God is a speaking God who by his Spirit has graciously disclosed himself in human words: we believe that God has inspired the words preserved in the Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both the record and means of his saving work in the world. These writings alone constitute the verbally inspired Word of God, which is utterly authoritative and without error (inerrant and infallible) in the original writings, complete in its revelation of his will for salvation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks. We confess that both our finitude and our sinfulness preclude the possibility of knowing God’s truth exhaustively, but we affirm that, enlightened by the Spirit of God, we can know God’s revealed truth truly. The Bible is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it teaches; obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; and trusted, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises. As God’s people hear, believe, and do the Word, they are equipped as disciples of Christ and witnesses to the gospel. (2 Timothy 3:162 Pet. 1:21Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32Proverbs 30:5-6John 16:12-131 Thessalonians 2:132 Timothy 3:16-172 Peter 1:20-21Revelation 22:18).

God's creation: Man & woman

We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good, serving as God’s agents to care for, manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker (Genesis 1:1-31). Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church, and civic life. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his church (Ephesians 5:22-33). In God’s wise purposes, men and women are not simply interchangeable, but rather they complement each other in mutually enriching ways. God ordains that they assume distinctive roles which reflect the loving relationship between Christ and the church, the husband exercising headship (i.e. responsible, servant leadership) in a way that displays the caring, sacrificial love of Christ, and the wife submitting to her husband in a way that models the love of the church for her Lord. In the ministry of the church, both men and women are encouraged to serve Christ and to be developed to their full potential in the manifold ministries of the people of God. The distinctive leadership role of pastor within the church given to qualified men is grounded in creation, fall, and redemption and must not be sidelined by appeals to cultural developments.

God's judgment: The fall

We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original blessedness— for himself and all his progeny — by falling into sin through Satan’s temptation. As a result, all human beings are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect of their being (e.g. physically, mentally, volitionally, emotionally, spiritually) and condemned finally and irrevocably to death — apart from God’s own gracious intervention. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to the God under whose just and holy wrath we stand; the only hope of all human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and restore us to himself. (Genesis 1:26-27Romans 3:10-18,22-23; 5:12Ephesians 1-3,12)

God's plan: Redemption

We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation, and to this end foreknew them and chose them. We believe that God justifies and sanctifies those who by grace have faith in Jesus, and that he will one day glorify them— all to the praise of his glorious grace. In love God commands and implores all people to repent and believe, having set his saving love on those he has chosen and having ordained Christ to be their Redeemer.

God's news: The Gospel

We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. Utter folly to the world, even though it is the power of God to those who are being saved (1 Corinthians 1:18), this good news is christological, centering on the cross and resurrection: the gospel is not proclaimed if Christ is not proclaimed, and the authentic Christ has not been proclaimed if his death and resurrection are not central (the message is “Christ died for our sins . . . [and] was raised”, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4). This good news is biblical (his death and resurrection are according to the Scriptures), theological and salvific (Christ died for our sins, to reconcile us to God), historical (if the saving events did not happen, our faith is worthless, we are still in our sins, and we are to be pitied more than all others, 1 Corinthians 15:19), apostolic (the message was entrusted to and transmitted by the apostles, who were witnesses of these saving events, Ephesians 2:20), and intensely personal (where it is received, believed, and held firmly, individual persons are saved, Romans 10:9-13).

God's Son: Jesus Christ

We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father, the eternal Son became human: the Word became flesh, fully God and fully human being, one Person in two natures (John 1:1-3,14). The man Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived through the miraculous agency of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the virgin Mary. He perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. As the mediatorial King, he is seated at the right hand of God the Father (Romans 8:34), exercising in heaven and on earth all of God’s sovereignty, and is our High Priest (Hebrews 2:17) and righteous Advocate (1 John 2:1). We believe that by his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute. He did this so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21): on the cross he canceled sin, propitiated God, and, by bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciled to God all those who believe. By his resurrection Christ Jesus was vindicated by his Father, broke the power of death and defeated Satan who once had power over it, and brought everlasting life to all his people; by his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Because God chose the lowly things of this world, the despised things, the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, no human being can ever boast before him — Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:27-30).

God's work: Justification

We believe that Christ, by his obedience and death, fully discharged the debt of all those who are justified. (Romans 5:1). By his sacrifice, he bore in our stead the punishment due us for our sins, making a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God’s justice on our behalf (1 Peter 2:24). By his perfect obedience he satisfied the just demands of God on our behalf, since by faith alone that perfect obedience is credited to all who trust in Christ alone for their acceptance with God. Inasmuch as Christ was given by the Father for us, and his obedience and punishment were accepted in place of our own, freely and not for anything in us, this justification is solely of free grace, in order that both the exact justice and the rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners (Ephesians 2:8,9). We believe that a zeal for personal and public obedience flows from this free justification.

God's Spirit: Holy Spirit

We believe that this salvation, attested in all Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to his people by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and is present with and in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8), and by his powerful and mysterious work regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, and in him they are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus, such that they are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. By the Spirit’s agency, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God’s family; they participate in the divine nature and receive his sovereignly distributed gifts (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12). The Holy Spirit is himself the down payment of the promised inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14), and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

God's reign: The kingdom

We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith, and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit, enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant: the forgiveness of sins, the inward transformation that awakens a desire to glorify, trust, and obey God, and the prospect of the glory yet to be revealed. Good works constitute indispensable evidence of saving grace. Living as salt in a world that is decaying and light in a world that is dark, believers should neither withdraw into seclusion from the world, nor become indistinguishable from it (Matthew 5:13-16): rather, we are to do good to the city, for all the glory and honor of the nations is to be offered up to the living God. Recognizing whose created order this is, and because we are citizens of God’s kingdom (Ephesians 2:19), we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31), doing good to all, especially to those who belong to the household of God (Galatians 6:10). The kingdom of God, already present but not fully realized, is the exercise of God’s sovereignty in the world toward the eventual redemption of all creation. The kingdom of God is an invasive power that plunders Satan’s dark kingdom and regenerates and renovates through repentance and faith the lives of individuals rescued from that kingdom. It therefore inevitably establishes a new community of human life together under God.

God's people: The church

We believe that God’s new covenant people have already come to the heavenly Jerusalem; they are already seated with Christ in the heavenlies (Ephesians 2:6). This universal church is manifest in local churches of which Christ is the only Head; thus each “local church” is, in fact, the church, the household of God (Ephesians 2:19), the assembly of the living God, and the pillar and foundation of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15). The church is the body of Christ, the apple of his eye, graven on his hands, and he has pledged himself to her forever. The church is distinguished by her gospel message, her sacred ordinances, her discipline, her great mission, and, above all, by her love for God, and by her members’ love for one another and for the world. Crucially, this gospel we cherish has both personal and corporate dimensions, neither of which may properly be overlooked. Christ Jesus is our peace (Ephesians 2:14): he has not only brought about peace with God, but also peace between alienated peoples. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both Jew and Gentile to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility (Galatians 3:28). The church serves as a sign of God’s future new world when its members live for the service of one another and their neighbors, rather than for self-focus. The church is the corporate dwelling place of God’s Spirit, and the continuing witness to God in the world.

God's sacraments: Baptism & the Lord's supper

We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 26:26-29). The former is connected with entrance into the new covenant community, the latter with ongoing covenant renewal. Together they are simultaneously God’s pledge to us, divinely ordained means of grace, our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ, and anticipations of his return and of the consummation of all things. 

God's future: Restoration

We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ with his holy angels, when he will exercise his role as final Judge, and his kingdom will be consummated. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust — the unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in hell, as our Lord himself taught, and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of him who sits on the throne and of the Lamb, in the new heaven and the new earth, the home of righteousness. On that day the church will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering and triumph of Christ, all sin purged and its wretched effects forever banished. God will be all in all and his people will be enthralled by the immediacy of his indescribable holiness, and all things will be made new (Revelation 21:5).

This confessional statement is adapted, in large part, from the Confessional Statement of The Gospel Coalition.