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Building a Future Worth Having

New Hope is woven tapestry of beautiful people. And our heritage is long and significant. Think about this: We have served and sacrificed, loved and led from this very spot since 1846. We are honored to be a part of such a legacy. And each of you continue to work and instill a future worth having in a new generation.

We love our Lord. We connect with people. We impact lives. That’s what we do – and we do it together. “All of you together are Christ's body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27 NLT). Your lives, your passion, your service is essential to the Body of Christ. Each of us has a role to play, and every role is important. There is no small service to God; it all matters. There are no insignificant ministries in our church. Some are visible and some are hidden, but all are valuable,
because every life that we touch is priceless and eternal.

Cheryl and I genuinely love doing life alongside this great family called New Hope. The more we get to know our people, the more love we feel for this church family. What a joy you are to so many and we are blessed to take this journey with you!

History is writing all of our stories. And every story matters. And the best stories are always those stories where people stood together for truth, walked together in commitment and finished well the task at hand. May history say that of us and together may we “run this race with endurance” and live for the glory of our Savior and King.

House of Prayer

What if we were known as people of prayer? People who know, believe and pray the Word of God? People who pray for other people, a church people look to for prayer – how about if we are known for that? What if when the Search Team interviews a prospective Pastor and he asks, which he will, what are you known for, what are you good at doing? What if we are able to say, we are a house of Prayer.
How can we become known as a praying people?

1. Pray over the worship center– over every seat every week.

2. Pray over every Bible study class, classroom and every person in the class every week.

3. Pray over our campus, walk the perimeter and pray that whatever or whoever comes on this campus has to submit the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. So that in the spiritual realm we are seen as stronghold for the Holy Spirit that draws the hurting, wounded, the confused, the abused, the lonely, the little ones, those needing hope and healing.

4. Pray over our neighborhoods, prayer walk, run, ride or drive but pray for the lost, the unchurched, the dechurched, the children, the families, the broken hearted.

5. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open our eyes, our ears and our hearts to those whom He brings into our lives who need a good word, for whom we need to pray and share the Good news of Christ.

6. Pray down the drug dealers, the pedophiles, and those plotting harm to our children.

7. Pray for me and the staff.

8. Pray for each other – lots of hurting people here every week, even today. Needs to be a common scene that we see people praying together in the hallways, in the worship center, in the parking lot, in the classrooms. We need to hear stories of how families, maybe for the first time, are praying together and God is changing their minds and hearts.

Forward in Faith

 Years ago, the church built an education addition which included fellowship and preschool space.
The facilities cost $1.2 million. The Transition Team recommended steps to retire the debt.

The challenge before is this – we needed a plan in place to pay off the building debt in the next five years.

In a Quarterly Business Meeting the church voted to have a three month capital funding emphasis called FORWARD in FAITH.
There are three main components of FORWARD in FAITH:

Prayer – the emphasis is on having the whole church praying about the needs and challenges we face and asking God to show each of us what our part needs to be in paying off the debt and improving the facilities. There is a simple phrase that sums up FORWARD in FAITH – “Pray and ask God what He would have you do and then do what He says.” All commitments are done privately and voluntarily, as you are led by God.

Sacrifice – not everyone can give the same amount, but everyone can give something. The phrase “NOT EQUAL GIFTS…BUT EQUAL SACRIFICE” puts all our giving on the same level, sacrificial giving.

Commitments – Everyone will be asked to pray about what sacrificial commitment they would make to paying off the debt and making the needed improvements to facilities.

There are times in the life of a church that prepare us for the better future God has planned for us. This is one of those times for New Hope Baptist Church. We must move FORWARD in FAITH together and we will.

Over the next few weeks you will receive additional information about FORWARD in FAITH. Please join me on praying that God will use FORWARD in FAITH to move all of us forward in our faith.

Serving Alongside You, Pastor Mike