Many would call New Hope an "evangelical" church. That word can conjure up several different meanings. For some, "evangelical" means "politically conservative," while for others it means "hip and entertaining."
In fact, "evangelical" comes from the Greek word we translate as "gospel." In the New Testament, the Gospel is the proclamation thatJesus is Lord. Therefore, allow me to suggest what the word should bring to mind: an evangelical church is one that believes that Jesus is Lord, loves because Jesus is Lord, and proclaims the message that Jesus is Lord.
Now that we have the definition, let's ask a big question: is New Hope truly an evangelical church?
It's my perception that we excel in the first two parts of the definition; we believe that Jesus is Lord and strive to love because Jesus is Lord. However, we are not nearly as strong when it comes to proclaiming that Jesus is Lord. As we will see in this Sunday's passage, Mark 6:7-13, 30, proclaiming to those around us the Lordship of Jesus is fundamental to our faith. Proclaiming the Gospel is not a duty, but an essential way that we imitate and enter into the joy of our Savior, who could not help but speak the words of life that he received from his Father.
Come and worship this Sunday because of the Gospel!