Our mission is to make known the love of God by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ through a loving and caring congregation that seeks to share its faith and commitment to Christ.
Ellie, Grady, Belle and I wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Year! New Hope has been such a blessing to our family and we are grateful for the good gifts of God on
display here. My prayer is that we may continually grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God. That we
may show kindness, grace, forgiveness, and love to everyone God sends our way. That we would grow
more and more to think, act, and love like Jesus. Blessings to you and yours!
In 2017 New Hope will adopt the ancient Christian practice, in a modernized form, of the agape feast. A gape is the Greek word for love which characterizes the type of love Christians should show to one another and the world around them. It’s a choice more than an emotion. In 1 Corinthians 11 beginning at verse 20, Paul chastises certain groups in the church for their gluttonous behavior at some sort of meal which some scholars believe was shared in anticipation of the Lord’s Supper. Some were eating before the poorer members of the church were able to arrive. By the time they got there, there was no food left. Presumably, they had none to bring. Paul couldn’t abide the humiliation of those with no food. What follows in the text are the earliest words of the institution of the Lord’s Supper we have in the New Testament. Part of those words is a warning to those in Corinth that were not waiting on or sharing their food at the agape feast. So, in its proper context (there’s that word again), to eat the supper “unworthily” was to be selfish and gluttonous. Paul’s basic message here is . . . Don’t do it!
On the fifth Sundays during the Sunday School hour everyone is invited to bring a breakfast dish to the Large Fellowship Hall and we will meet and eat together. You don’t have to bring a dish to come. You won’t go hungry. Following the meal, one of our Sunday School teachers will lead us in a lesson, perhaps the one they were preparing for that particular Sunday. I will bring the first lesson on Sunday, January 29. Remember, bring some food to share. Most of all, please come. This provides an excellent opportunity for all of us to gather in a less formal setting and just hang out together. Fellowship was one of the benchmarks of the early church! I look forward to seeing you here
For more information on any of these events, please call our church office at (770) 963-1176.
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