New hope church is a christ-centered community for all peoples, moving toward Jesus & taking others with us.
Everything we at New Hope Church are about is firmly rooted in the reconciling work of Jesus Christ at the cross. All who bear the image of God have sinned and fallen short of His glory, yet by faith in Him we “who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13). Not only does God reconcile us to Himself through the death of Jesus, but His work reconciles believers from all walks of life “to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility” that alienates us one from the other (see Ephesians 2:16).
We aspire to be an all-peoples community. This means we really do wish to be a community that looks on earth like the great gathering of saints in heaven—a “ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). Because this is so, we are especially committed to celebrating the dignity of image-bearers from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, giving meaningful space for all to flourish. With a posture of dependency upon God and true humility, we want to engage in those challenging moments where the same gospel that reconciles us sinners to God should be applied to our relationships with one another.
We are moving toward Jesus. This powerful statement is dynamic, inviting folks from all walks of life on a journey. For those who are strangers to Jesus, it is an invitation to admit they are sinners, believe that Jesus is God’s provision to forgive their sins, and confess Jesus as Savior and Lord. For those who are already disciples of Jesus, it is an invitation to deny themselves and take up their crosses daily and follow Him (cp. Luke 9:23). In short, it is a vigorous declaration that Jesus has total authority over our lives and we are to draw near to Him. We model our lives after Him. He is the center of all we are and all we do.
Moving toward Jesus means we are also taking others with us. These go hand-in-hand, for the natural result of following after Jesus is that we are, as Jesus once said, “fishers of people” (Mark 1:17). To love Jesus is to be burdened for those who come across our pathways—no matter who they are or from where they come—and to live in such a way so as to convey the gospel of Jesus to them in both word and deed. We are determined to help the spiritually hungry experience and then proclaim the life-changing power of Jesus.
5 Strategic Points
Practically speaking, how do we live out this purpose? We've developed five strategic points for us to focus on as a church family. Ask the Holy Spirit to move in and through us as we walk these out together. And pray for wisdom as you discern your role in this community.
- For all peoples
- Church planting
- Life Groups
- Leader development
- Living with purpose