Like many churches, we believe Jesus has redeemed us from our sins through his death. We believe that when we give our lives to Jesus that his death counts for us.
For many “christians” this is where the story ends... they are simply in a holding pattern waiting for eternity or simply continuing along in life like nothing happened. That is not Christianity. We do not believe that Jesus died only to rescue us! He also died so we can join him on a great adventure. This adventure involves seeing the city where we are planted know the the transforming love, grace and truth of Jesus Christ.
The implications of this for the Hope Church are that every follower of Jesus is given the task to radically and sacrificially love and serve the city we are in. Ultimately this means that Hope Church is FOR OUR CITY.
HERE IS A GOOD STORY FROM THIS WEEK TO ILLUSTRATE:
For months Hope Church made plans to serve Jefferson Parish during the Metairie Mardi Gras parades. We gathered volunteers, raised funds and prepared to serve the people of our city in small and practical ways during the parades. The plan was to distribute, free of charge, 10,000 water bottles and free coffee to parade goers. Unfortunately our plans sort of fell apart...
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Once you read the story the following video will make sense. We have been posting it on blogs and in chat rooms where 1000's of people around the country have been talking about our city and Hope Church this week.