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God's Plan For Your Community

As we begin today, I’d like to share with you a devotional thought I had read this past week. It is written as a reflection on Romans 12:3-13 by David McCasland, a writer for RBC Ministries, dated 27 September 2010. It goes like this: In the New Testament, hospitality is a hallmark of Christian living. It is listed as a characteristic of church leaders (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:8) and is commanded for every follower of Jesus as an expression of love (Rom. 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9). But its meaning goes deeper than being a gracious host or opening our homes to guests. The Greek word translated “hospitality” means “love of strangers.” When Paul speaks of being “given to hospitality” (Rom. 12:13), he is calling us to pursue relationships with people who are in need. It is not an easy task. Writer Henri Nouwen likens it to reaching out to those we meet on our way through life—people who may be estranged from their culture, country, friends, family, or even from God. Nouwen writes: “Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.” Whether we inhabit a home, a college dorm, a prison cell, or a military barracks, we can welcome others as a way of showing our love for them and for Christ. Hospitality is making room for people in need.[1] We at New Hope Christian Fellowship believe it is of vital importance to be involved with ministering to our community. Hospitality is certainly one of the ways we can be God’s effective instruments to our hurting and needy community. Considering that we have been addressing the mindset of God’s plan for His children over the past two weeks, let’s entertain the question of “What is God’s plan for our community?” Our message today will give some excellent answers as to how we can obediently carry out God’s plan for our community.

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God’s Plan For Your Future

There are two things that every human being experiences in this life in which we live. Every human is born into this world through the birthing process designed by God. Secondly, every person will face death at some time in the future, unless God brings the time line of this world to a halt. Many understand such a day to be Judgment Day. In reality, this day that the Bible tells us about is unknown to man. It could be tomorrow. The question for every human being is “When Judgment Day comes, what will my future hold for me?” Ecclesiastes 9:1-9 highlights the truth concerning everyone’s future, Christian or not (read text). If you are a believer in Christ, you have reason to celebrate about your future. If you are not a believer in Christ, listen closely to what Jesus is going to do for those who believe in Him!

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God's Plan For Your Life

GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE Life for a teenager can be quite stressful. I remember one of the greatest stressors in my teen years was answering the question adults often asked, “So, what are you going to do with your life?” “What is the plan for your future?” The truth is I really didn’t know. The fear of stepping out on my own from home at the age of 18 was quite gripping. There are others who determine to construct a plan for their lives, only to change their direction after they have been in college a year or two. Unfortunately, there are also those who set out to complete a well executed plan for their lives, only to have their plan cut short due to an untimely death. The question begs “what is the best plan to follow for life, not knowing if you will live to see tomorrow?” Our message for today will help to understand the best plan every person should adopt. It is a plan that cannot fail and offers eternal benefits. Such a plan can only be offered by God.

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Who Is God?

OVERVIEW OF CHURCH POLITY FOR NEW HOPE CHIRSTIAN FELLOWSHIP As we look into God’s Word today, we are taking a temporary turn from the Gospel of John. We, as New Hope Christian Fellowship, have been moving in the direction of discerning God’s direction for our church polity, and have been moving to create the documents that will enable us to bring Him glory. In doing so, we have already prayerfully constructed a document that gives clarity to what we, as the body of Christ, believe. This document is New Hope’s Statement of Faith. The statement of faith is what establishes the unified beliefs of an individual church, beliefs that everyone adopts as foundational to their faith. Over the next several weeks, we, as a church, will be working through our Statement of Belief to clarify to everyone attending our church what we believe. After we have worked through New Hope’s Statement of Faith, we will work through New Hope’s church covenant, clarifying what it means to be a part of this church in regards to each other. In other words, we will be looking at principles that will govern our behavior toward each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Once completed, we should be ready to review the church constitution, which will govern how the church will operate. Once we have completed our review of the constitution, we will have completed what we will call our “New Member’s Orientation,” and then move in the direction of establishing an official membership. As we begin, we will be looking at three to four statements within our statement of faith each Sunday. We respectfully ask that you prayerfully consider being present through this time of orientation so that you will have the clearest understanding of what it means to be e member of New Hope Christian Fellowship.

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God's Lasting Joy For You

GOD’S LASTING JOY FOR YOU INTRODUCTION Joy is something that I believe everyone longs to possess. When I think of the absence of joy, as the world understands it, I think of physical pain, broken relationships, and the loss of a valuable possession. In today’s economic situation, such joy doesn’t seem to be prospering or sustaining the lives of those who believed they could not lose it. However, God’s Word, the Bible, gives us a different understanding of joy. According to the Bible, there is a joy that can be experienced through knowing God that can never be matched by the world. King David, the writer of Psalm 32, gives some reason to be joyful (Read Psalm 32:1-2, 10-11). When we consider the forgiveness of our sins we have in Christ and that joy grows out of striving to live righteously before God, we should always be full of joy! How can we develop a stronger determination to be joyful in the circumstances of life in which we live?

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