The second primary value that we have chosen to place at the heart of our community culture is the grace and virtue of Hope. We believe that "hope floats" both our personal lives and our relationships, especially when we encounter inevitable trials. Beyond this, we believe that hope is an essential precursor to faith, love and joy. We believe that hope is a wondrous grace from God that is only sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit. However, we also view hope as a virtue that can be cultivated and built. One of our first goals as pastors is to train our community members in the skills of building hope. In scripture, hope is not a weak and flabby wishful thinking. Rather, it is a joyful anticipation and a confident expectation that our great and good God is always doing good things and that there is reason to expect that our future will somehow be better than our past.
We believe that God originally designed and created us to be hope-beings and that the first coming of Christ has provided all the more reasons for us to have hope in this life as well as for the age to come. We believe that God is looking and longing for His sons and daughters to join Him in an general agreement of hope that He will yet do more amazing things to restore the cities and nations of our world through the application of the life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. He already is the true King of all kings and He holds true solutions to human dilemmas that He wants to reveal to the world through His people...a host of ordinary people filled with Divine hope and wisdom influencing their various spheres of human life.
God is good and will do good things today, tomorrow, this year, next year and in the years ahead. He wants us to agree with Him because, if we do, then He is more free to use us to be ushers of that hope to the world in practical ways. Though possessing a strong hope, we will be eager and ready for His Spirit to work through us. The alternative is to live in a hopeless despair that is so contrary to the reality of Christ being risen from the dead and alive in our world! So, we have rather chosen to be a "good news" community.
A VOICE OF HOPE
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