‘HOPE’ is a word that is in common use in everyday speech and is often used in a wide range of circumstances. The dictionary defines ‘Hope’ as follows:-
‘TO DESIRE SOMETHING, USUALLY WITH SOME POSSIBILITY OF FULFILLMENT’.
We may express hope in a number of ways. We hope for advancement, for example, in our career prospects. We hope for good news relative to a medical report. As parents we hope for the best for our children as they progress through their education and find their place in the world of work. We passionately hope that our sports teams are successful in winning trophies etc., the list is endless. The word ‘HOPE’ has a very strong part to play in the understanding of the message of the Christian gospel. During 2018, many Churches here in the U.K. are participating in a national initiative designed to share the message of the gospel; (gospel meaning ‘Good News’), to cities, towns, and communities the length and breadth of the nation. The core message of ‘HOPE’ has to do with the power of Jesus Christ to meet people at their point of need, and to give people hope as they face the challenges of everyday life. Churches are using all kinds of creative ideas with which to share this great message of hope and compassion.
We here at Elim Christian Centre are seeking to play our part with a series of events during the June/July period, including the transferring of our Sunday morning service onto the local Town Square. We are entitling this; ‘Church on the Square’. This will enable us to meet people in our community and to share with them this great message of ‘HOPE’. Our aim is not to promote our Church, although there is always a friendly welcome to those who are visiting us. Our main aim is to share that Jesus is the One who can bring HOPE and help to those who may at any given point be facing challenging circumstances.
Our prayer is, that as a result of HOPE 2018, many folk in all parts of the U.K. may encounter Jesus and find Him to be the One who can give them real HOPE and a purpose for living.