A Note From Pastor Steven

 

Hello.

It is my privilege to be the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church. We are a group of people who have come together because of our mutual faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.He is our Hope, and we invite you to discover Jesus as your Hope as well.

Also, thank you for visiting our website.I pray that it will help you to stay connected with the Lord as well as this particular body of believers.Please be sure to check out our website often, as we will continue to make many exciting changes, updates, and enhancements in the future.

We invite you to come join us in worship, fellowship, prayer, and the preaching of God’s Word each Sunday and Wednesday.

Blessings,
Pastor Steven
 

 

Pastor Steven's Sermons

To Whom Shall We Go

Throughout history, mankind has struggled with never being satisfied and has a deep longing for something missing in their lives.  In our culture today, we find evidence of this in the need to constantly get something new.  We do this hoping that the next thing will satisfy our souls only to be left with the emptiness that worldly things provide.

Bernard of Clairvaux composed a hymn that describes a restless soul that ultimately finds rest in the Lord Jesus.  The hymn is called “Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts.”  The hymn is similar to the words of Peter in John 6:68-69.  In this passage, many people have abandoned Jesus because they feel His words are too much to hear and to obey.  Jesus in turn asked the disciples if they too want to leave, and Peter responds “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).  Peter recognizes that only in Christ can a person find what they are looking for in the present and the future (John 6:69).

As Bernard writes in his hymn, “our restless spirits yearn for thee.”  To find rest for the soul is to find Christ.  We then spend our remaining days growing in our knowledge of Him, His Word, prayer, and service. 

Have you found rest for your soul?  Have you found Christ?

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Jesus In Galilee

This Sunday morning we begin a new section in our study in Matthew’s gospel that details Jesus’ Great Galilean Ministry.  Jesus shows himself to be the long-awaited King of Israel by displaying his power over defilement, distance, disease, and nature.

Below are some videos that you might enjoy.  They give an introduction to Galilee as well as many other topics.  These videos will help you better understand and appreciate our Lord’s ministry in Galilee.

Introduction to Galilee of Jesus – https://youtu.be/El1iIJRMjuY

Miracles of Jesus in the Galilee – https://youtu.be/pvFwLK83or4

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



The Lord’s Supper

We will be observing the Lord’s Supper this Sunday (08/30). This is always a great opportunity to take time to reflect on the Lord Jesus’ sacrifice as we await His return in glory. Below are a few scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments you can use to read and pray over to prepare your hearts.
 
Old Testament Scriptures
Exodus 12 – The Israelites sacrificed a lamb and placed the blood on their door so that the angel of death would pass by their doors. Jesus Christ would be the ultimate sacrificial lamb, and this time God would provide the lamb.
Isaiah 53:10 – Jesus’ death would fulfill the Father’s will. Through this, many would be counted righteous (53:11).
 
New Testament Scriptures
Mark 14:12-25 – Jesus and his disciples observe the Passover meal and the institution of the Lord’s Supper occurs.
Colossians 2:13-15 – Jesus death on the cross canceled the record of debt against us.
1 Corinthians 11:23-34 – Provides the basic themes, instructions, and warnings concerning the Lord’s Supper.
 
May the Lord bless you as you prepare your hearts to observe the Lord’s Supper.
 
Blessings,
 
Pastor Steven


The Millennium

2020 has been a year that many will never forget.  The world is filled with anxiety and confusion about what lies ahead in the future.  John Walvoord once wrote that “mention the words end times and most people will respond with a combination of fascination and fear, confusion and conjecture.  [But understanding it] will relieve fears for those who have placed their trust in God’s Son, Jesus Christ.”

Christians can live hopeful lives in the last days because we know what God’s Word promises about the future.  One area of hope is in the future Millennium.  What and when is the Millennium?  What will the conditions be in the Millennium? 

Join us in person or online and find out on Wednesday 08/19 as we begin a new series “Hope for the Last Days – The Millennium.”  Also, below is a PDF of a handout that will be provided for those attending in person.
 
 

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Ordering Your Life

There is no shortage of suggestions for how we can put our lives in order.  Turn to the news, YouTube, or the latest secular book and you will find countless ways to put your life in order.  While many of these suggestions might be helpful in the short term, they fail to give you anything other than various opinions rather than truth.

The Apostle John wanted Christians in the church to order their lives by something different than what the world suggested.  In 2 John 1:4 and 3 John 1:4, John points to the need to order one’s life by the Word of God.  In both verses, the elder John uses the expression “walking in the truth.”  For John, to hear that the Christians were practicing the truth of God’s Word in their daily lives brought him great joy.

Do you want your life to be in order?  John tells us that if we do we must put into practice the truths of God’s Word.  Faithfulness to God’s Word is the foundation of Christian living and puts our lives in order.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Because of Grace

As Christians, we have several words that we use so often that they can sometimes begin to lose their meaning to us.  One of these words is grace.  Grace is usually defined as God’s “unmerited favor.”  We do not deserve grace nor does God owe this goodness to us.

In addition to remembering what grace means, through God’s grace we have many abundant blessings.  Below is a list of various blessings that we have because of God’s grace.  Take some time to read and pray through them, and be reminded of all that the Lord graciously has done for those in Christ.

  • Salvation (Eph. 2:8)
  • Justification (Rom. 3:24; Titus 3:7)
  • Victory over sin (Rom. 5:20)
  • Gifts to serve (Rom. 12:6)
  • Power to testify (Rom. 12:3, 15:15; Col. 4:6)
  • Strength for service (2 Tim. 2:1; Heb. 12:28)
  • A spirit of generosity (2 Cor. 8:7)
  • Sweetness in singing (Col. 3:16)
  • Ability to stand (1 Pet. 5:12)
  • Strength in suffering (2 Cor. 12:9)
  • Overflowing grace (John 1:16)

*Adapted from Lehman Strauss, Galatians and Ephesians Devotional Commentary

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Steven



Growing In Christ

This Sunday evening, June 28, we will begin a new sermon series entitled “Growing in the Knowledge of Christ.”  The series will be a study through 2 Peter.  Peter teaches us that if believers grow in the knowledge of Christ and in their faith, they will be protected from false teachers as they await Christ’s return and the New Heavens and Earth.

Below are some resources that you might find helpful as we begin this new study.

Video Summary = https://youtu.be/0dSdAjHDqhw

Written Summary/Overview = https://www.insight.org/resources/bible/the-general-epistles/second-peter

Devotional Book = https://www.todayintheword.org/siteassets/website_assets/pdf/tw_oct2016_final.pdf

 

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Contentment

How do I find contentment in life?  This is a question we hear a lot these days.  If you were to look for answers to this question, you would find a wide range of suggestions.  However, most of them deal with changing your circumstances or the way you think.

 

The Bible has a lot to say about contentment.  The apostle Paul wrote about contentment on two separate occasions.  The first we find in Philippians 4:11.  Paul states that he had learned to be content and could rejoice in any circumstance in life.  How was he able to do this?  He says in Philippians 4:13 that it was Jesus who enabled him to live this way.  Paul also mentions being content in 1 Timothy 6:8 where he expresses a healthy detachment from materialism.

 

It is important to remember that Paul was writing his letter to the Philippians from a Roman prison.  Paul’s physical and financial circumstances were not the best, but he had a much greater gift of eternal worth, namely his Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Do you want to find contentment in life?  You will never find it in the things of this world as they will always change.  However, in Christ, we have all we can ever need and can rest in knowing that Christ never changes (Hebrew 13:8).     

 

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



What Is God Like?

What is God Like?  Beginning Wednesday, June 17 our Wednesday night Bible study will be on the Attributes of God.  While there are many opinions about who God is and is not, God’s Word helps us to better understand Him. 

To help with the study below is a short video summary on the Attributes of God.  I hope that you will find it helpful and encouraging to learn more about the Greatness of the One True God.

https://youtu.be/BJWn_c0n-3M

The Bible Study will be streamed at 7:15 pm on Facebook Live.  Also, you will be able to watch it on-demand on our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/user/NewHopesbcLancaster).

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



You Follow Me

In John 21:15-25, we find the conclusion of the gospel with an account of Peter’s restoration.  Peter had denied the Lord three times just as Jesus had said that Peter would (see John 13:36-38), so the Lord graciously restores Peter three times.  After telling Peter what kind of death he would experience one day, Jesus issues Peter a simple command to “follow me.”

Instead of focusing on the Lord‘s will for his life, Peter turned to compare himself to John.  In response, Jesus tells Peter that what happens to John is none of his concern.  Peter needed to focus on the task the Lord gave him and not compare himself to others.  The Lord’s plan for each believer is different, so Peter would gain nothing by getting distracted on the Lord’s plan for John’s life.

Like Peter, we too can become distracted by comparing ourselves to others rather than focusing our attention on the Lord and following him.  Rather than comparing ourselves to others, we should be spending time with the Lord asking what His will is for our own lives.

Our primary goal should be to grow in our walk with the Lord.  We can only do this when our focus is on him alone.   

Blessings,

Pastor Steven