Our Mission:

To bless the community and introduce them to Jesus.

We begin each of our Sunday services with the following declaration:

"As we gather into worship this morning, we are believing for our city's transformation. Souls saved and set free, godly dreams and desires being birthed, heaven coming to earth. The body of Christ in love with your story, living in the Holy Spirit's power, and walking in her destiny. Families fully restored, every home in our community proclaiming Jesus as Lord. We thank you Lord, for choosing us, for such a time as this to bring your Kingdom to our beautiful city. Amen,"

Jesus gave his disciples instructions that have been dubbed, the Great Commission. "...go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the holy Spriit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the command I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19-20).

Paul clarified the mission of the church in 2 Corinthians 5. Because we have been reconciled to God through the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are now ambassadors of reconciliation to a lost and broken world.

In Ephesians, Paul reminds us that the church gathers so we can be equipped to serve. We learn how to use our gifts and talents in unity so we can reach into the hopelessness and rescue those that are caught in the traps and lies of the enemy.

We have a sign in our foyer that reads, "Ladies and gentlemen, the church is leaving the building." We firmly believe that we gather for fellowship, worship, and to be equipped so we can leave the building and serve our community as the hands and feet of Jesus.

Reconciliation with God.

What is the glory of God? The glory of God is the gravity that keeps those who see and savor it from spinning off into the spacious trivialities of sin. God’s desire is that He might be known and enjoyed for His nature and character.

We believe that the center of the gospel is the glory and grace of Jesus Christ, so we strive to be a church that is centered on the gospel and reconciled to God through Christ. We preach the grace of Jesus unapologetically because it is God’s grace that trains us to be holy (Titus 2:11-12). Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we can now be reconciled to God. Our mission is to preach this gospel unapologetically to the world.

Reconciliation with others.

Though each Christian has a personal relationship with God, that relationship is not individual or private. The Christian faith is not intended to be lived in isolation. We were made for community; relationship with God and with each other. The local church is not merely a place that we attend but a people to whom we belong. The Bible calls us members of the body (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) with the expectation that we contribute to the body for the glory of God and the good of His people.

Reconciliation with others means living in a Gospel-centered community together; a radical call amid a culture of mere attendance and casual involvement. It involves mutual love, care, consistency and authenticity as we seek to adorn the person and work of Christ with our lives.

New Hope Naz:

It's always about Jesus, it's never about me (or you)

The motto, "Knowing Jesus, not just knowing about him," came from a discussion during a Bible study. It was almost a slip of the tongue. By that I mean, the conversation simply lead us to realize that it was more important to get to know who Jesus was than to just put information into our brains about Him. The moment that I heard the comment, I knew that it was going to impact our mission and ministry (I also knew that it was going to have a significant impact on my personal life).

Fast forward about 15 months and I crack open a book by J.I. Packer, Knowing God. What do I find nestled near the end of the first chapter of this book originally published in 1973? "How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God?" As I read his question, I was reminded of the time Solomon wrote, "Nothing under the sun is truly new" (Ecclesiastes 1:9b NLT).

As challenging as this comment might have been for me or for our church, we were not the first ones to consider it.

If you are interested in learning the answer to Packer's question, you might want to pick up a copy of this book. But I'll include what he says is the key, "The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God...meditation is a lost art today, and Christian people suffer grievously from their ignorance of the practice."

In his preface, J.I. said "The conviction behind the book is that ignorance of God - ignorance both of his ways and of the practice of communion with him - lies at the root of much of the church's weakness today."

If you are interested in knowing Jesus, not just knowing about him, then I invite you join us on this journey we call life. I invite you to dive deeply into God's Word as we seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.

I promise that we don't have all the answers, but we know who does. We will make mistakes as we continue on this journey, but we'll learn together and try not to make the same mistake twice. We will help each other learn what Paul meant when he said things like pray without ceasing, put on the full armor of God, and let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

Pastor JD