Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
New Hope is a collection of people who seek to know and abide in the words of Jesus. The more we do this, the more we come to see that much of what we think about God, each other, ourselves, and the world needs to be corrected. Like glasses for a nearsighted person, the Word of God helps us to see clearly, nurturing our minds with God’s truth.
What’s Wrong With Our Minds?
Human minds are capable of incredible discoveries and endowed with amazing creativity. Used properly, the mind should lead us to love and thank God for the life He has entrusted to us, a life that becomes increasingly fruitful by being rooted in the Creator. However, sin corrupts the mind so that our thoughts become increasingly futile and our lives increasingly disordered (Romans 1:21).
Here at New Hope, we have all experienced this disorder. We have used our minds to diagnose the failures of others while ignoring flaws in ourselves. We have devoted our minds to the endless pursuit and worship of money, power, recognition, sex, or entertainment – turning God’s good gifts into idols that enslave us. We have cultivated pride in our knowledge and cut ourselves off from the wisdom of God and other people.
What Does Jesus Do For Our Minds?
We have found that Jesus holds all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). These treasures are open to us through the Scriptures. The more we learn of Jesus from the Scriptures, the better we understand ourselves – created to display God’s glory, terribly corrupted by sin, but being liberated through the grace of Jesus. The knowledge of Jesus sets us free from pride and the empty promises of a fallen world. We have much more to learn of Him, but we take comfort in knowing that God will not deny wisdom to anyone who asks (James 1:5). We invite you to join us in asking God for the knowledge of seeking wisdom through the knowledge of Jesus.