What To Expect

Thinking about attending one of our Weekend services?

Here’s what you have to look forward to:

Our Sunday morning gathering is when we get together to worship God. It’s not the only time – we find Him at work in all sorts of ways during the week, and I hope most of us give voice to our praise. But being together matters. It’s that time when each of us lift our hearts toward God and in turn, lift each other.

Here’s what you can expect.

Casual Dress – wear what you want to wear. We’re mostly casual, but if you wear a suit we won’t make you preach. In fact you’ll see everything from die-hard Florida natives wearing shorts in January to our chairman of deacons probably in a suit. It’s just not an issue here. It’s all about God.

Music that moves you – We enjoy modern praise and worship music along with some favorite gospel hymns – music that is soul-food. God-focused, God-honoring music leads people into a deeper experience of worship, and that is exactly where we want to go each week.

Teaching from the Bible that applies to real life – One scholar said that when you preach, you should have the Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. Well, that was 100 years ago, but now we project the Scriptures overhead, and use video and multimedia to help today’s hearers understand God’s heart.

We use the New Living Translation in our worship gatherings. If you need a Bible that accurately delivers the truth of the orginal manuscripts in today’s English, then pick up an NLT. Oh, and take it home. That’s what they are there for. We buy another case each time we need to replace those our guests have taken. Here’s what some people have said about the NLT.

If there’s a need to use other versions to bring out the truth in a way to relate to today clearly, we’ll do that. But what we are really after is to help people get from where they are now – wherever that is – to where God wants them to go. The NLT is a good Bible to begin with. Later down the road, maybe another version with a more literal – word for word – focus will be helpful. The NLT is a great balance of both.

Size – We are small. Lots of churches are now. So we have room to grow and when you become a part of us, we don’t treat you like the proof our slick marketing plan is working. We consider that God has placed you among us because you needed us and we needed you. You’re family, and family takes care of each other. So if invisibility is what you are seeking in a church home, we may not be a good fit. And if multiple age- specific ministries are a need, well we don’t have those, really. One because we are small. Two because we are simple and try hard not to do what we can’t do well. We would if we could. And finally, we have seen God work when age isn’t a barrier or a limitation.

Organization – We are a simple church. That means there is no “committee on committees” here. We have a congregational approach to working together, again, like a family would. People serve according to the needs of the church and their belief as to where they can make a difference. 


Our Sunday Location

We meet every Sunday morning for Bible Study starting @ 10 a.m. in our Fellowship Hall followed by Worship @ 11:00 a.m.


New Hope Baptist Church
108 Aurora St
Valparaiso, FL 32580

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