We hope in Jesus for our salvation and formation.
We are children of God in the family of God in Christ.
We are a missionary family, released and advancing.
Biblical Hope is not wishful thinking. Rather, it is a confident expectation that God is who He says he is and will do what he has
committed to accomplishing. The Christian’s only hope in life is in Jesus who is our living hope (1 Pe 1:3). Jesus lived the life we should live, entrusting himself to God (1 Pe 2:24) and suffered the death that we deserve. A death in our place for our sin. Our hope is not in what we do but in what Jesus has done.
Jesus lived a sinless life. (Heb 4:15)
Jesus died a sinners death. (2 Cor 5:21)
God turned tragedy to triumph by raising Jesus from the grave after three days. (1 Cor 15:1-4)
Jesus ascended into heaven where he currently rules at the right hand of the Father. (1 Pe 3:22)
Jesus will one day come again to judge the living and the dead. (1 Pe 4:5)
In this is our Hope. Our confident expectation.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 ESV) “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 ESV)
Jesus saves sinners. New City Church believes there is no hope apart from Christ.
“…my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you! (Galatians 4:19 ESV)
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4 ESV)
But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:10-11 ESV)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:28-29 ESV)
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6 ESV)
Our hope for a life pleasing to God is not in our own effort but in God’s Spirit in us forming Christ in us.
Having placed your hope in Jesus’ work in your place, you are adopted into God’s family and given a new identity as a child of God (John 1:12). You are brought from death to life (Jn 3:16), from darkness to light (1 Pe 2:9-10); from bondage to freedom (Gal 5:1). Your new identity is not only individual as a child of God, but corporate as a child in God’s family – The Church.
God reveals himself as Father. Jesus calls God his Father and taught his disciples to pray to God as Our Father (Matt 6:9). The New Testament writers also identify God as Father on various occasions including Jas 3:9; 2 Cor 1:3; Eph 1:17; Heb 12:9 and Jas 1:17. The entire bible is a story of God forming a people for his own possession (Titus 2:14) and making a people who outsiders, insiders. Those who were not a people, God makes into a new people (1 Pe 2:9-10).
Our name, New City Church is a reflection of this new identity. We are now a redeemed people for God’s own possession (2 Pe 2:9-10). We are now in God’s family.
Child of God
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13 ESV)
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:15-17 ESV)
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1 ESV)
If you have placed your hope in Jesus, your identity is no longer rooted in what you do, what you have done or what has been done to you. Your new identity is now as beloved child of the living God of the universe. Forgiven, redeemed and being restored and formed in Christ.
Family of God
And they shall be called The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD; and you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken. (Isaiah 62:12 ESV)
“They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. (Malachi 3:17 ESV)
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
(John 13:35 ESV)
Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (John 20:17 ESV)
Being children of the same Father in Heaven makes us family. Our identity is not merely individual but corporate. Christian and Church, Child and Family.
God’s family is a missionary family on a mission to make God’s Grace in Christ known to the world (1 Pe 2:9). We are on a mission in our families, in our neighborhoods, in our work, in our city and in the world. God is a missionary God who pursued a people for himself and Jesus says that he was on a mission to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Jesus accomplished his mission on a Roman Cross, paying the sin debt we owed to God and then conquering sin and death when he was raised from the grave (Rom 6:1-4; 1 Cor 15:1-4). Jesus commissioned his followers to continue his mission by proclaiming the gospel, as witnesses to all that he had done (Matt 28:16-20; Acts 1:8). God continues his mission through his people, the local church. New City seeks to be a people on mission to “proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Pe 2:9).
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:18-19 ESV)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 ESV)
As we gather to be informed, inspired and equipped by the gospel of Jesus we must also be released into the world.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24 ESV)
I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, (Philippians 1:12 ESV)
But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you. For we are not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach you. For we were the first to come all the way to you with the gospel of Christ. We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged, so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence. “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. (2 Corinthians 10:13-18 ESV)
We desire to advance the name and fame of Jesus by making disciples and planting churches – locally and globally.