Hope 15:13 was birthed in prayer out of Pinner Baptist Church at the beginning of the first Covid-19 lockdown. Back in spring 2020, the Church and nation were facing an unprecedented crisis as the pandemic took hold, and our aim, inspired by Romans !5:13, was to help individual Christians and congregations respond well.
Throughout the pandemic, we released regular virtual community-building resources and prophetic blogs on what God seemed to be doing through the crisis. Then, as we began to come out of the final lockdown, we prioritised resources aimed at bringing people back together around food, recognising what had been lost through the lack of in-person fellowship over the course of the pandemic.
Now, as we face challenges on multiple fronts – as individuals, as a Church and as a nation – our focus is on helping us find renewed hope in the gospel. It is when the darkness is at its greatest that the light can shine the brightest, and whilst many of the problems we are confronted by are problems of relative affluence, nonetheless they can challenge our faith and demand a response. Where will we look to find hope?
One result of the current cost-of-living crisis and the lack of opportunity to meet in person during the pandemic, is that many churches have found their resources stretched thin. So as well as sharing inspiring stories of believers and communities who have found hope in God, we also want to share dynamic, original resources that small groups and congregations can use to strengthen themselves in the Lord and in the hope He promises.
All our content is provided voluntarily by people who share our vision and our prayer is that it is a blessing to many – and if something blesses you, please do share it further!
Hope 15:13 is now an independent initiative, overseen by Instant Apostle and capitalising on their publishing expertise, with strong links to the wider Baptist community.
We would like to give humble acknowledgement to the London Baptist Association and The Baptist Union for their generous donations in support of Hope 15:13.