Big Idea of the Series: God desires a special relationship with us as His people, and this union is distinguished by living according to His ways. However, it’s not just about “do’s and don’ts”, its about finding and living life to its fullest when lived in conformity with our creator, master and teacher. When we follow the commands God gives us, we honor him as well as invite His blessing and protection over our lives. This 10-week summer series discusses each of the Ten Commandments.Read More
Unfortunately, there are erroneous beliefs about God and Christianity that have snuck their way into modern church culture. These popular phrases or ways of thinking are in direct conflict with what scripture actually teaches. This 5-week series looks at different phrases the Bible doesn’t actually say, comparing them to what the Bible actually does say.Read More
Feeling at all unstable, unsure of how to stand in the chaos of this world? Whether you're a life-long Christian, or a new convert, or you are just exploring what faith is all about, it can feel overwhelming to cut against the grain of our culture and stand as a Christ follower. The current sermon series "Stand Firm" will draw from truths in 1st Peter - a letter included in the New Testament of the Bible - to help us discern how to make sense of living a Christian life in a world that seems so hostile to faith in general, and faith in Jesus Christ in particular.
Come join us on our journey. We'd love to meet you!Read More
It's the start of a new school year! Come on and be honest, there's a part of you that craves the schedule, the fall weather, apples and school activities, and just getting back to a routine (and don't forget football!). But, there's a part of us that wants to make sure we're on the right track. Those nagging questions: Are my kids gonna be ok? What changes should we make? How can I lead my family with confidence?
Starting Sunday September 11, New Hope FMC will begin a new series called Family Matters. We'll be looking at how to get your new school year off on the right track! Whether you have kids in school, grown kids, grand kids in school, you are in school yourself or you have no kids and like it that way, this season brings lots of changes. I hope you join us for this short 3-week mini series that will energize your family and lay a great foundation for you to get fully engaged in all this season has to offer.Read More
We all need seasons of renewal. Our lives are lived at breakneck pace, and the demands we respond to are often overwhelming. This time, this season, even just today, I want you to experience times of refreshing and replenishment. Our souls are weary. Let's find rest together. For the month of July at least, we are New Hope FMC will be seeking and finding rest, living into a season of replenishment, that the Holy Spirit might stir us again to the joy of our salvation. Will you join us? You are welcome. May your soul find rest.Read More
These are tumultuous times! Political debates gone wild and geo-political, social and economic issues that scare us all. How are we as Christians supposed to engage? God has made provision for us, and He is with us, and there are answers. Our relationships are the medium for Him to work and for His Kingdom to expand. Come learn with us as we explore the Master's plan for engaging our culture in these trying times.Read More
The Resurrection wasn't just an event that happened and that we mark with a celebration once a year. The cataclysmic change that occurred has reverberated throughout history and is the essence of a new creation. Jesus ushered in a renewal of his original design, and he invites us to become part of it. It all points to a future fulfillment, but not one that is unique and separate from the world we live in today. We are invited to become part of a new Kingdom, a Kingdom that is now and not yet. We need to get on with the mission laid out for us now, and not wait for something yet to come.Read More
On February 14 we begin a 5-part Sunday sermon series titled “Sensing the Gospel.” During the season of Lent, when many people work on heightening their awareness of God and growing their relationship with Him through fasting, prayer and a celebration of the disciplines, our bodies and senses are stimulated in miraculous ways. In fact, it is through our bodies that we experience our faith. Our senses govern our experience. We’ll explore how each of our senses helps us navigate the mystery of our human relationship with an eternal God.
Feb 14-March 6Read More
We continue our journey through the church calendar by learning about the progressive revelation of Jesus Christ and God's purposes and plans for us as His beloved creation. Each week we'll explore scripture and apply our understanding of it to God's will for the larger context of the story of Jesus' life and ultimate purpose in His death and resurrection.Read More
Advent means "arrival". Centuries ago the Jewish people had been exiled and all the promises of God seemed but a distant memory. Their hopes and dreams had been dashed and much of their will had been broken. They had violated God's laws and rejected much of what God had asked for them. Yet, our faithful God would not leave them alone. In the midst of their trial, he reminded them of the promises he made to their forefathers. He encouraged them, and asked them to remain faithful because He is faithful. He fulfilled His promises with his arrival in the birth of our Messiah. Once again, we wait for His promises to be fulfilled. His promise that He will return and restore all things. The Advent season allows us to refocus on God's faithful promises. With the birth of Jesus firmly in our focus, we are strengthened and encouraged to renew our pursuit of Christ as we faithfully wait for his triumphal return.Read More
What does the Bible say about money? A proper view of wealth and how to steward your resources is a major theme in the bible and Jesus mentioned it almost more than any other subject. Jesus knew the temptation that money and wealth offer, and he was careful to remind his followers what King David recognized in Psalm 24:1 (NLT) - "The earth is the Lords and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him." Our lives, our money, resources, talents and all the rest are to be used for God's purposes, not our own. Over the next six weeks we'll unpack the biblical foundation for wealth and what it means to be stewards of God's resources.Read More
What does it mean to follow Jesus? Is it enough to simply say I love Jesus or that Jesus loves me? So I’ve accepted Jesus, is that it? This month we explore these and other related questions as we unpack the three dimensional call to follow. Join us and take not only your faith deeper, but prepare to walk with someone else as they explore their own prompts to know and follow Jesus Christ. All messages will be posted online and we encourage your feedback. If you want to know more, please contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask to speak to a pastor or leave a message through our website.Read More
Godly character as modeled through the Old Testament characters was used by God to create movements and further His plan for redemption. Whether Ruth, or Moses, Gideon, Jonathan or Daniel, each was asked to demonstrate great character in the face of uncertainty, trial and change, but ultimately their willingness to live into the plan allowed great movements and God honoring change in their epic of history. We want to see that kind of movement today and key to it is that we demonstrate the same kind of character that God requires of all of His disciples. Those that have gone before modeled it for us, and we must learn and apply Godly character development to our own lives and then pray for God to transform our world with a new movement of His power and promise.
July 5 - Aug 30Read More
James 2:17 - In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
The Christian life was not meant to be simply believed, but to be lived out in daily life and practice. In the Old Testament, the Proverbs provide significant practical advice for Christians desiring to live a God honoring life. The book of James is the New Testament equivalent in many ways. James wants people who profess to be Christians to act like it. Come and explore with us as we study of the book of James and challenge your faith to go beyond belief!Read More
Happy Birthday New Hope! This weekend we celebrate 25 years of a community loving Jesus and trying to reveal Him to the world. Our original mission was to present the life-changing hope of Jesus to the unchurched people in the city of Rochester; to teach unchurched people to grow in relationship with God in community with each other; to help each individual discover, develop and use his or her spiritual gifts for service through the church. We have always been committed to proclaiming faith in Jesus, doing good works, and engaging in future church planting efforts. Today we simply say we love God, we love each other and we serve the world. So much has changed, yet so much has stayed the same. Let us remember the love, strength and power of God in our past 25 years and use that as the foundation of God's mission for our church in the future.Read More
Do your relationships honor God? Do you draw strength from your relationships and are they thriving? Whether you are married, single, a parent or a child (or both), a friend, an employee or whatever other role you find yourself in, we are relational beings. We are relational in nature precisely because we are made in the image of God. God is love, and his desire is to share that love with us. He does that by inviting us into relationship with Him. Our relationships with others have the potential to reflect His example of relating to us. However, in most cases our human relationships fail to live up to the desires and goals we have for them precisely because we don't understand God's designs and expectations. This series will help us understand our relationships with others by looking at our relationship with God and unpacking the pitfalls the world puts in our minds that cause us to miss our full relational potential. #GodsnotGreyRead More
Why does New Hope exist? What has God called His universal church to do, and how does New Hope as a local church participate in that broader scriptural based narrative? This sermon series explores New Hope's mission and vision statements, unpacks God's vision for our church, and explores God's invitation to each of us to participate with him in impacting the world around us. We invite you to join with us as we start out the year "catching the vision" of God's purposes and plans for New Hope FMC and each of our roles in them.Read More
Christmas was meant to be celebrated, not regretted.
We all want our Christmas to be a lot of things. Full of joy. Memories. Happiness. Above all, we want it to be about Jesus. What we don't want is stress. Or debt. Or feeling like we "missed the moment". Advent Conspiracy is a movement designed to help us all slow down and experience a Christmas worth remembering. But doing this means doing things a little differently. A little creatively.Read More
September 28 – November 16 2014
Recent events in the life our church have caused many people to question whether we are under spiritual attack. The Bible instructs us that we most certainly are, and in fact that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against some unseen enemies that are at work in the spiritual realm. In order to be prepared, we must put on the full armor of God. This series is designed to prepare us for battle knowing that we are will experience it and indeed may be already in a vulnerable place. Join us each Sunday for a discussion on each of the elements of armor discussed in Ephesians 6:14-18.Read More