A Note From Pastor Steven



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.

Pastor Steven


Moving Too Slowly

Today, we live in a culture that has grown accustomed to quick sound bites, short videos, and one-minute solutions.  With the advancement in technology, we do not have to wait on many things that used to require us to.  This has led to what we often hear called the “culture of instant gratification”, etc. 
The Bible teaches and encourages us, however, that there is also a need to be patient and wait on the Lord (Psalm 27:14).  Waiting on the Lord is something we all encounter at different points in life.  There are times while waiting on the Lord that it appears He is moving slowly.  However, we know that God works in His own time and way, all for His purposes and glory. 
Waiting on the Lord requires that we trust Him and not rush ahead.  Two key words with regards to waiting on the Lord are “trust” and “patience.”  The Bible is filled with examples of people that missed out on the Lord’s best by rushing ahead of God (ex. Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 16).
If you are waiting on the Lord today, or any time in the future, read and pray through the following verses.  Then, rest in knowing that it only appears God is moving too slowly.  In reality, He is moving everything exactly in accordance with His perfect timing.
Psalm 37:34; Proverbs 20:22; Isaiah 25:9; Lamentations 3:25-26; Hebrews 6:15.  
Pastor Steven

Daniel Extras – Part 5

Currently, our Sunday evening sermon series is on the book of Daniel.  Below are some extra resources related to the next two messages on the Seventy Weeks of Daniel.

  1. What is meant by the Seventy Weeks of Daniel?
  1. A great article dealing with options to calculate the 70 Weeks?
  1. This is helpful in looking at ten key things related to the 70 weeks.
  1. Brief summary videos.
Pastor Steven

Passover and the Lord’s Supper

This past Sunday we had the great privilege of observing the Lord’s Supper.  Our scripture was from 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 where Paul speaks of Christ Jesus as our Passover.  We looked at a few parallels between Passover and the Lord’s Supper during the message.  Several people have asked for the chart that we used, so I am providing it below.

Exodus 12 – Passover Jesus
12:1-2 – Feast marked a new year and beginning for the people 2 Cor. 5:17 – Believer is a New Creation.  Old life replaced with a new life in Christ.
12:5 – A spotless male lamb was sacrificed. 1 Peter 1:19 – Jesus was with Lamb slain without blemish.
12:7,12, 22 – The blood from the sacrificed lamb was placed on the door post.  The blood covering spared them from God’s judgment.
John 1:29; Rom. 3:25 – Jesus blood covers (justifies) us and removes sin.
*Hebrews 10:1-18 – Jesus was the final sacrifice.
12:14 – Passover was kept to remember what God had done for the people. Luke 22:19 – Lord’s Supper done to remember what the Lord had done for them.
Finally, you might find these two articles helpful as well.
Pastor Steven

Every Thought

“Every Thought” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
What we think about throughout each day is important.  In time, these thoughts will come out in both our words and actions.  When our minds begin to become saturated with carnal and worldly thinking, it will come out in what we do and say.  This idea is similar to what Jesus stated in Matthew 12:34.  There, he states that what comes out of the mouth flows from our hearts. 
In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul transitions from writing in a warm and loving way to defending himself and his ministry against opponents (see also 2 Corinthians 11:13, too).  Rather than resorting to human forms of warfare, Paul states that Christians should choose to use spiritual weapons (Ephesians 6:10-18).  These weapons are primarily the Word of God and prayer.
In 2 Corinthians 10:5, one specific area that Paul mentions that we choose to have control over is our thinking.  We must not allow carnal or worldly thinking such as lust, greed, anger, revenge, etc. to take over.  Instead, we must choose to stop thinking these types of thoughts and submit all of our thoughts over to Christ’s total control.
When a wrong type of thinking comes to your mind, prayer and bringing to mind scripture will help you overcome the wrong thinking.  We do not have enough strength in ourselves to overcome sinful thoughts.  See Psalm 139:23, Proverbs 4:23, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:22-32, and Philippians 4:8 the next time you need to bring a thought under Christ’s control.
Pastor Steven

1 Thessalonians – A Few Resources

1 Thessalonians – A Few Resources  
Recently, we began a new sermon series on Sunday morning entitled “Living in the Light of the Lord’s return.”  The series is based on Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians.  Below is a list of several resources that you might find helpful during our series.  
“For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?  For you are our glory and joy.” (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20, NASB)  
Pastor Steven

“Abundance of Things – Luke 12:15”

Jesus was often asked to intervene to help solve problems. Such was the case in Luke 12:13-15 prior to telling a parable about a rich man. A man from among the crowd asked Jesus to solve a family problem related to inheritance. Instead of answering the question, Jesus deals with the real issue which was a person’s heart in regards to greed, money, and possessions.   Essentially, Jesus asked him what is more important in life. Were money, possessions, and the things of this world most important? The problem Jesus points out is that no amount of money or possessions can truly satisfy the soul of a person. So no matter how much inheritance they received, it would never satisfy them. One reason is that man is often covetous which reflects a heart of discontentment. Being covetousness simply means we want for things we do not have.         
To explain this point better, Jesus tells a short parable in Luke 12:16-21. The parable shows that a man can have many things in this world, but be poor to God.   Are you laying up treasures on Earth while remaining poor of heavenly riches (Matthew 6:19-21)? Are you content with what the Lord has already given you (Hebrews 13:5)? Why not take time to thank the Lord for what He has already provided for you.  
Blessings,   Pastor Steven

Resurrection Reading & Videos

On Sunday, April 21 we will be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus stated before his death that he would rise again on the third day (Matthew 28:6).  Furthermore, Paul states that the resurrection is vital to the Christian faith (1 Cor. 15:14).  With such an important time of the year approaching, I wanted to provide you with some suggested reading to prepare your hearts for this great day.  Below you will find a list of reading related to our Lord’s resurrection.  Also, I included a few links of some videos that you might like.    

May the Lord bless you and encourage your hearts because our Savior lives today.   


Pastor Steven

Seventy Times Seven

“Seven Times Seventy” (Matthew 18:21-35)   The ability to forgive is an attribute that is essential for a disciple of Jesus Christ. Peter asked Jesus how many times he would need to forgive someone. The Rabbinic tradition was that you needed to do so three times. Although Peter assumed seven times would be adequate, Jesus taught him that there were no limits set on how often we are to forgive.   To help the disciples better understand this, Jesus teaches them using a parable. There was a servant of the king who owed a debt so large that he could never pay it back. When asked to pay it, he pleaded with his master to give him more time to repay the debt. Because of the master’s great mercy, he forgave all of his debt.   However, the servant then went out and found another servant who owed him just a small amount. When the second servant asked for time to repay, the first servant refused and threw him into prison. When his master learned of this, he jailed the first servant for his unwillingness to forgive even though he had been forgiven so much himself.   Jesus teaches us that we have had all of our sins forgiven by God’s great mercy. This serves as our model for forgiving others. We need to be willing to forgive, no matter how many times it is needed.   Is there someone you need to forgive? Let us be a people who know no limits to forgiveness.   Blessings,   Pastor Steven

Daniel Extras – Part 3

Currently, our Sunday night sermon series is on the book of Daniel. Below are some extra items that will help you understand this great book better. These extras are related to Daniel chapters 3 and 4.  

  1. What Scriptures were used as cross-references in the Daniel 3 and 4 sermons?


Proverbs 6:16-18; 11:2

Isaiah 43:2

Jeremiah 29:22

Hebrews 11:34


  1. What was the hymn mentioned in the Daniel 3:19-30 sermon that referenced fiery trials?


How Firm a Foundation = https://hymnary.org/text/how_firm_a_foundation_ye_saints_of


  1. Daniel 3, The Great Golden Image = Here are a few links that provide images of the great golden image of Daniel 3.


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MMZY1AHmWGg/UuOsRQZHYAI/AAAAAAAAEEM/s0ZQKrv7L7o/s1600/1+-+342160355_n.jpg and http://jesusplusnothing.com/studies/online/Daniel3.htm


  1. William Blake’s Nebuchadnezzar Painting = Painting of the king under the judgement of God.



  Blessings,   Pastor Steven

Daniel Extras – II

Currently, our Sunday night sermon series is on the book of Daniel. 

As we go through Daniel, I will periodically provide extra items that will help you better understand this great book.  Below is a list of extras related to Daniel chapter 2.

  1. What Scriptures were used as cross references in the two Daniel 2 sermons? 

Psalm 20:7

Psalm 50:15

Isaiah 2:2

Micah 4:1

Zechariah 14:9

Revelation 11:15

2.Nebuchadnezzar’s dream = Good article that explains the great image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.  https://www.gotquestions.org/Nebuchadnezzars-dream.html

3. Daniel 2, The Great Statue = This is a helpful chart with explanatory notes related to the great statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.  https://www.harvesthousepublishers.com/blog/do-you-know-how-to-interpret-the-four-kingdoms-of-daniel

4. Videos = Two brief videos done to show a 3D view of the great statute.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aK7zpVU7bE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFtoX_rz3tg.


Pastor Steve