gospel never changes, but amid a digital revolution, the
way a faithful church communicates that gospel necessarily must change for the sake of mission effectiveness.
For this reason, at Hope, we embrace
old time-tested traditions that work ...
and we also seek to leverage
new communication innovations and tools to carry the gospel forward.
live weekly online service
- every Sunday at 11:00 am at
- gives people who can't get to Hope in person an opportunity to worship the Lord from almost anywhere in the world via phone, tablet, or laptop.
You can download
videos from Hope
(sermon recaps for Life Groups, Hope 360, worship videos, etc.) on our
, watch full versions of past sermons at
hopeonline.tv (categorized by series), or listen or subscribe to our sermon podcast (someone told me he's been "binging" on our sermons while working out and traveling for work ... hopefully better for the soul than "Breaking Bad" or "House of Cards!").
Hope is also active on
, and you can follow our daily church news updates on
Additionally, students (and parents) can follow
(for high school students) and
(for junior high students) on all of these, as well as on Snapchat (follow PowerLife's
While much of this is new, history reminds us that using
new communication innovations to connect God's Word with the world is an
old strategy for the church. The
Gospel writers (originally called "evangelists") put Jesus' life, death and resurrection on the record (even though little was written in those days), and
Martin Luther utilized the printing press (a new form of communication in his day) to spread the Reformation message.
Today, we (the church) have a new and exciting challenge before us to find the most effective ways to carry out our
to reach out to the world around us and share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ. Given the pace of change in our world today, I get the feeling we've only just begun! It's good to be the church!
Thanks for showing up, thanks for tuning in, and thanks for spreading the Word!
P.S.- This weekend, we'll continue our action-packed
Summer of Acts
sermon series with a closer look at an incredible Bible story (
) about healing, power, money and love. Come and worship in person (it's always better live!) ... or, if you're out of town, worship with your church family Sunday at 11:00 am via
... either way, I look forward to hanging out with you soon!