Sunday worship: 10am at Penobscot Christian School: 1423 Ohio Street, Bangor, ME 04401 (you will see New Hope's sign below a sign for PCS). See "What to Expect" under "About Us" for more info. We hope to see you there!
office/mailing address: 157 Park Street, Suite 23,
Bangor, ME 04401 (email@example.com; 207-992-2223)
New Hope is a gathering of forgiven people who trust in Jesus, and who still need God’s grace and power daily. We are one congregation within the Christian Church throughout the world and throughout time, and we also identify as “Reformed” (which I like to describe as the conviction that God is more stubborn in pursuing us with His grace than we are in running from Him).
In addition, at New Hope we believe that the church is called to be a hospital, not just a fortress: “While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” (Matthew 9:10-13, NIV)
This means that the church is a place of healing. We meet Jesus, find that He heals our broken relationship with God and with others: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-19, NIV)
The church is also a place of worship. Even more than the best surgeon receives praise, God alone restores us to wholeness, and He alone deserves all the praise. Only in a posture of worship do we discover the life we were meant to live.
The church is also a place of equipping. Think of physical therapists in a hospital, pushing those in recovery to stretch and grow stronger, equipping them to be able to do more.
The church is also a place of battling. Like a hospital fights disease and infection, we are called to engage in battle against the enemy and all forces of evil—with the presence and armor of God.
The church is also a place of serving. As we continue to experience Jesus’ healing work in us, we find that He also enables us to serve one another—almost as if hospital patients were also equipped to serve as aides.
The church is also a place of sending. As we continue to receive Jesus’ gracious claim on us, He also sends us out to invite others in. The church is like a hospital that actively goes out looking for those who—no more or less than each of us—need Jesus.
New Hope is for those who know they need more and want to encounter Jesus. We welcome you to join us as we come to know our Creator and God, through Jesus our Lord!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email.
Pastor Jonathan Fischer (firstname.lastname@example.org; 207-992-2223)
Cancellation of services due to inclement weather will be announced on WLBZ Channel 2 and New Hope Church's Facebook page (see website footer).
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