Prayer and Prophecy
What’s so special about prayer?
Prayer is a ‘personal communication’ with God (Wayne Grudem).
Corporate prayer helps build the Church and to create unity. Prayer enhances faith and encourages us to love and trust God more, and have deeper fellowship with Him. Prayer is amazing as when we pray and petition God, He listens and acts upon our requests. Through prayer God allows us, His children, to be involved in activities that are eternally significant and that work to forward His kingdom.
” This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” 1 John 5: 14-15 NASB “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” Luke 11:9-10. NIV
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven” Matthew 18: 19 NIV
What is Prophecy?
There are various definitions of prophesy; foretelling the future, for instance, but prophesy can also be considered ‘telling something that God has spontaneously brought to mind’ (Wayne Grudem).
Prophesy is a gift from God given through the Holy Spirit and is a blessing for growing, comforting and encouraging the church.
The Bible says:
“The one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.” 1 Corinthians 14:3 NIV
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:11-12 NIV
Prophecies should not be despised but should be carefully ‘weighed’.
“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 NIV Prophecies do not replace scripture, and although Paul encourages us to earnestly seek to prophesy he reminds us that to love others is more important. He writes; “Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives – especially the ability to prophesy.” 1Corinthians 14:1 NLT
In 2018 we introduced Community Groups. These meet in people’s homes at approximately fortnightly intervals. There are various groups and it is our desire that groups stimulate each of us at Hope to develop a closer walk with Jesus.
‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing’. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
‘Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.’ Galatians 6:2
‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.’ Hebrews 10:24-25
Each group will have its own flavour and style reflecting the people in it. Some may spend much of their time together in prayer, some may spend time in study of the bible, some may discuss how we reach out to our community, some chat over coffee, others might do an activity that all the group enjoy. As long as it builds relationships and helps the group to share life, and encourage each other to grow in God then it is fine!
We encourage everyone at Hope to be part of a Community Group. If you want to find a group that would suit you, please e-mail [email protected]
Children’s and Youth Work
We love all generations and this is no different with the children, they are an integral part of what we do at Hope. Our vision for the youth and children of Hope Community Church is very simple; to see the hearts and lives of all touched and transformed by Jesus, and filled with the Holy Spirit, so that they can step closer to God.v
There are activities on most Sunday mornings for children in three age groups:- Little Stars for up to 4 years, Shining Stars for the 5 – 11’s. This is where the children go out and find out more about Jesus and his friends, through stories, songs, craft and much more. There is also a crèche area.
There is another group for young people of 12 – 18. Some of this older group also go away in the summer to a festival called Newday, which gives an opportunity to hang out with friends and for them to learn more about Jesus.
Hope Mums began with a vision to help Single Mums. The ministry was launched in Oct 2014 from Hope Community Church. Click the link below to listen to the launch talk.
Hope Mums is an expression of Jesus’ love for Single Mums in our community. We have monthly meet ups on Saturday mornings, regular social events and a Monday group that meets every other week to read the bible and pray together. We are also offering a ‘handy man’ advice service to Mums for practical issues.
The monthly Saturday sessions, are an opportunity for Single Mums to take time out; to discuss, to learn, to share highs and lows and to discover something of the Christian perspective. It’s a chance to encourage and support each other over a cup of tea! The children enjoy separate activities with our DBS-checked Kids workers.
All Single Mums are welcome at our events, we’d love to meet you! Please just contact Louise (details below) to let us know you’re coming. For dates of our monthly meet-ups and events please check our calendar and look out for ‘Hope Mums’.
We are seeing many families touched by the love and grace of God demonstrated through what we’re doing with Hope Mums. If you’re a committed Christian, would you like to help us serve these families? Could you help with the kids work while the Mums meet? Or could you give some of your time to visiting and befriending some of the families we are in contact with? We’d love to hear from you! If you’re part of an organisation that has something to offer Single Mums and or their families – please do get in touch.
“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” – Jude v.20
Women Together began in Autumn 2011 with a vision to provide fellowship and support for women in the church, and their friends, who are at home during the week, either alone or with pre-school children.
We currently meet fortnightly during term time at 10 am on Tuesday mornings, in homes in the Brentwood and Billericay area. We pray for each other and share teaching and encouragement from the Bible, particularly relating to women, over tea, coffee and biscuits. Topics we have covered in the past have included “Christian motherhood” and “Battle for the mind“.
Getting together regularly has developed friendship and understanding of each other’s circumstances and needs and impetus to grow closer to Jesus by sharing testimony and applying His word to our lives.
The future vision is to extend the opportunities to reach more women in the church, including those who work during the day.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians ch.5 v.11
Dates of meetings are on the church calendar.
Please contact Jan Crook [email protected]
for further details or to check future venues.
Men of Hope
What we do
As a church looking out into the community, we try to “be there” for those with practical needs. This can range from trimming an overgrown hedge, to small painting tasks, to building a roof to protect the rabbit hutch of one of our single mums.
Sometimes people need advice in selecting a reputable tradesman to perform more complicated tasks. We have assisted with helping over the purchase and installation of a gas fire, getting a leaking gutter repaired, installing TV aerials, installing double glazing and installing a complete central heating system.
Jesus was there to meet the needs of those He met. Membership of a church involves more than meeting on Sundays to praise our God. When we serve one another we are obeying God’s command:-
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God”. Hebrews 13:16
Belonging to the Men of Hope group enables us to be together to work out this instruction and be servants to each other. Further information contact Mike