I’ve lived in big cities and small towns, in ghetto poverty and middle class comfort. I’ve spent time in tropical Puerto Rico and Communist China. Everywhere around the globe, the human condition persists. Across continents and oceans, across races and cultures, everyone everywhere is in search of the same thing – Hope.
Something or someone who can and will carry the weight of our expectations.
Something that will give meaning to our life, provide strength in our struggles, and security for our future.
We place great hope in our marriages, our careers, our families and friendships. But in a world where half of all marriages end in divorce, and 40% of American kids are without a father; where the corporate ladder keeps falling over; where we have hundreds of friends on Facebook, but we don’t know our neighbors–our “hope” feels more and more like wishful thinking.
But this is nothing new.
Over 2,000 years ago Jesus walked on the earth, elevating human dignity, relieving suffering, and living with a humble boldness that inspired and empowered his followers to be for Him and like Him.
Jesus entered into a sin stained world to redeem it for himself; to make the excluded included; to bring light where darkness reigns; to renew what was broken and to bring new life where there was once death; to set captives free and give sight to the blind.
And for millennia now, people who place their hope in Jesus have followed in his footsteps–pointing to Jesus: The Hero of the Story and Hope of the World.
For Jesus’ people this hope was no wishful thinking. It was a confident expectation.
In Matthew 5:16, Jesus calls his people, a city. A place of refuge that can’t be hidden; a people and a place of Hope. In the last book of the Bible, Jesus people are living with him in a New City, a holy city and Jesus says he is “wiping away every tear and making all things new.”
Jesus is making a new people. A New City within the city that seeks to renew the city and impact the world.
We are New City Church and we exist to help people know, love and follow Jesus.