The Outreach Ministries at New Hope Fellowship exists to live out our vision of “Living Beyond Ourselves”by serving the needs of those in our own neighborhoods.
Our desire is to befriend the community around us by building bridges of friendship between our Church and the cities of Toronto and Malton. Through partnership with several local organizations, we seek to impact a culture for Christ by meeting both the physical and spiritual needs of those in our communities. We believe that the Great Commission is all encompassing, sending some to foreign missions, but challenging many of us to serve as missionaries right here at home – locally. Christ became flesh and dwelt among us.
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we areambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
Holistic Ministry of Reconciliation is…
We are alienated and cut-off from God (Genesis 3:8).
We were built for fellowship with God. We cannot live with God and we cannot live without God. This is the essence of humanity’s condition. All of our problems flow out from it and none can be understood apart from it. It is only in Christ that we are reconciled to God.
We are alienated and cut-off from ourselves (Genesis 3:10).
Originally the human soul was an integrated, harmonious whole, but now there is disintegration. People are uniquely created in the image of God and thus have inherent worth and dignity. We were created dependent on God for all dimensions of our being. Unhappiness, guilt, lack of meaning, and fear/anxiety permeate when we reject God and turn to manufactured idols (persons, relationships, objects, and conditions) for our meaning, security, and worth.
We are alienated and cut-off from each other (Genesis 3:7, 12-13).
Our “social problems” all stem from sin, both personal and systemic. At the same time, even before the fall, it was not ‘good’ for humans to be alone; we were created to be in relationship with others. When we are self-centered, we are on a collision course with others. Our social problems are myriad: loneliness, interpersonal conflicts, marital and family problems, poverty, class struggle, constant political confrontation and ineffectiveness.
Reconciliation Physically: We are alienated and cut-off from the rest of creation (Genesis 3:17-19).
Rather than being stewards of blessing (people who understand, subdue, and manage the world that God has created in order to produce bounty), the rest of creation is cursed because of humanity and became enemies. This results in famine, disease, decay, aging, environmental problems, natural disasters, and death itself.