New Hope is more than just a name to us; it symbolises what we are about.
Today many people have lost hope. They have put their hope in the wrong thing or person and have become disillusioned.
Even the real meaning of “hope” has become lost. Hope has become a vain desire for something in the future or a weak thing, like “I hope it is fine tomorrow”.
Some say, “don’t hope, have faith” as if hope and faith are in opposition to each other. However faith flows from hope; faith is the assurance of things hoped for. If you don’t have hope, you can’t have faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
In fact, the biblical meaning of hope is quite strong. It is a confident, favourable expectation of good for the future. It is not something weak.
The hope we have is not based upon people or institutions but upon Christ Himself and His finished work at the cross.
Our desire is to see men and women come into a New Hope in Christ, to expect good things for the future and from the hand of the Lord in their daily walk with Him; to expect to be different and to make a difference where they are.
1 Peter 1:21
Who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
He has kept this secret for centuries and generations past, but now at last it has pleased him to tell it to those who love him and live for him, and the riches and glory of his plan are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ in your hearts is your only hope of glory. TLB