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What to Expect

We gather every Sunday morning and meet in homes throughout the week.

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We meet on Ohio State campus every Sunday.

The first thing you will notice as you arrive is that you are on The Ohio State University main campus. We gather in a beautiful event center right across from the Schottenstein Center. Whether this seems strange to you, or perfectly normal, our hospitality team works hard to make visitors feel welcome. We love how God turns this space into a beautiful worship gathering each Sunday.

 

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A worship booklet and some coffee.

Our greeters will hand you a worship booklet. Our whole worship service will be printed on this booklet, so no surprises. And - more importantly for some - they will point you toward some good coffee.

 

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For your kids.

Before the sermon, children can go to a children's class appropriate for their age and development. Maybe you are wondering about how your children fit into Hope... We have a very high view of children because we believe Jesus has a high view of children! We put as much effort in making our church hospitable to them as we do to you!

Learn more about Hope Kids.

 

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Ancient truths meet real life.

Our church is rooted in the ancient truths of the faith and we are seeking to express those timeless truths in ways that connect with your life in relevant ways today. So we will sing, pray, and hear a message from the Bible in ways that seek to strike the "genius of both/and."

 

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A whole book of the Bible.

Our sermon series focus on an entire book of the bible at a time. We go chapter-by-chapter, passage-by-passage through it. Why? For three reasons:

  1. Biblical diversity. Walking through an entire book means we will experience the diversity of God’s Word. Otherwise we would only experience the themes and truths that we are comfortably drawn to. 
  2. Biblical literacy. If we are called to submit to the authority of God’s Word, then we better make sure we are doing a responsible job interpreting it! And walking through a book of the Bible helps us do that. We have to pay attention to things like original context and flow of thought. As a bonus, we will likely take these lessons home in our own engagement with God’s Word. 
  3. Biblical story. Walking through an entire book keeps our place in the story of God. The Bible is the true story of the world: from creation, to redemption, to restoration. And if we only engage in topics here and there (topics do have a place!), we might be tempted to reduce the Bible to a “how-to manual” for life. But walking through entire books of the Bible grounds us in God’s story and helps us to play our part in it.

 

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1 hour and 15 minutes.

Afterwards, we encourage you to hang around and connect with others. Once a month, we like to have "Newcomers Brunch" with donuts, drinks and light lunch provided outside right after the service. Check our events page for more details.

 

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Connect on a deeper level in a home group.

Experience the welcome of Jesus at one of our member's homes. We often say that we are not a church just with home groups, but a church of home groups. They are essential to who we are and how you can feel connected to community. Our home groups meet throughout the week around the city. Find a home group near you.