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)
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.
We (all believers everywhere) are commissioned to go into the world, preaching the gospel to EVERY creature. This not only gives us a strong concept of the need for internationalization but has also served as the catalyst for the propagation of the gospel and the establishment of churches around the world. This cultural diversity that we are presently experiencing around the globe is also what New Hope Tabernacle strives for in the church in Canada. Thus our motto at New Hope Tabernacle is “People, our Business – God is our Strength” Not only do we embrace cultural and ethnic diversity but we must have it, since none is exempted from the powerful life-changing work of the gospel (Acts 10:35). It is an awesome reality to experience the “oneness” of this diversity. Yet this unity is brought about by the unique understanding that the Body of Christ, while having members in particular (1Cor.12:27) is still one body uniquely and fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth (Eph 4:16). In this concept of many members, yet One Body we see the universality of the Body of Christ and are joined together in this Body by Covenant Relationship; agreeing to accept the Bible as the Word of God, promising to believe and practice its teachings rightly divided, with the New Testament as our rule of faith and practice, government, and discipline, and agreeing to walk in the light of the Word to the best of our knowledge and ability.”
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.
New Hope Tabernacle was organized on September 15, 2002 as a church and is affiliated with the Church of God of Prophecy. The Church of God of Prophecy is a vibrant, worldwide body of believers, united in worship, working hand-in-hand to share God’s love and a message of hope to the broken-hearted. The Church of God of Prophecy has over one-and-a-half million members, worshipping in over 10,000 churches or missions in 125 nations of the world. Nearly 90% of our global membership is outside of North America. The Church of God of Prophecy has its roots in the Holiness/Pentecostal tradition and has felt a special burden to call attention to the principle of unity in the body of Christ, while faithfully proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ before a watching world.
New Hope Tabernacle is a charitable organization that inspires and supports the empowerment, leadership and healthy development of people. New Hope Tabernacle has a membership of over 200 individuals and is located in the west end of Toronto. We strongly believe in the principles of cultural diversity, and strive to build a Christ-centered church where relationships will last a lifetime. At New Hope Tabernacle we encourage people to work together and to get involved in ministry as they volunteer in house and the community. We provide a wide range of services and ministries to best serve the community by improving their social, economic, spiritual and cultural life. We also partner with other city-wide organizations. Our motto – People are our Business: God is our Strength.