New Horizon Church: "Our Sacred Trust"
September 12, 2021
IT'S A REALLY BIG DEAL. When God chooses us, it's an amazing honor. It's an even more spectacular when we realize the weight of the "sacred trust" He's given us. Friends, may God light us up as we embrace and step into our high calling.
Locations & Times
  • New Horizon UMC
    3002 W Bloomington Rd, Champaign, IL 61822, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM

IT'S HERE! Big Give Month, September, 2021. Jesus, what's my Big Give?

TODAY: Let's have lunch and talk membership. Noon to 2:30 PM in the Cafe.

Take home a few invitation cards for your friends. They're on a pub table in the lobby.

Discipleship opportunities for every age. Meal is provided on first Wednesdays. Bring a brown bag on other Wednesdays and eat with friends. Pop and cookies are provided. :)

Placing faith-foundation stones with Pastor Mark, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM. Attend in-person or dial-in, 217-866-0099. Download materials on NH website.

NEXT WEEK: All proceeds support NH's Celebrate Recovery ministry.

Registration link below.

Iron Sharpens Iron @ NH.

Register for this regional men's conference at NH. We'd love for your to serve on our prep team as well. All the info and registration is on the link below. Bring a friend, dad, a son, etc.

BEGINS THIS TUESDAY. 9-10:30 AM with childcare. 6:30 PM without.


In-person worship. You may use the drop boxes on near the exits.

Text giving. You may text your giving to 217-903-5934 and follow the prompts.

Via USPS. Simply mail to: 3002 W. Bloomington Rd., Champaign, IL, 61822.

WELCOME TO NH. We're glad you're here.


Welcome! We’re glad you’re here.


Welcome Guests.

• Please connect using Next Steps on the front page of our website.


• Sunday NH Kids’ Ministry. Nursery all morning; NH Kid’s church at 9 AM. Contact

• Axis Student Ministry. Jr. High, Tuesdays @ 6 PM. High School, Sundays @ 6 PM. Contact Heading to Turkey Run today! See below!


• Big Give Month is here! SEPTEMBER, 2021. Jesus, what’s my Big Give? You’ll find Big Give Cards and envelopes near our Big Give Box at the back of the worship area.

• TODAY: Exploring Membership class. NOON-2:30 PM. Lunch & conversation. All are welcome. There is no obligation to join.

TODAY: Axis to Turkey Run. Leaving at 10:30 AM from NH parking lot.

CR Brunch. NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19. Help fund leader training for NH CR.

Iron Sharpens Iron. SATURDAY, SEPT. 25. A regional men's gathering @ NH. Brothers, learn more and register on the NH website.

Friend Day. SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 10:30 AM. Outdoor Worship, car show, bounce house, and guest speaker and author, Pastor Steve Holt, Colorado Springs. Take home some invitation cards for your friends. You'll find them on the pub table in the lobby.


• GAME ON! Wednesday Night Discipleship. Growing Big Faith.Meal @ 6 PM, discipleship at 6:30 PM. Opportunities for all ages: kids, teens and adults.

• IN PROGESS. Core: Establishing Essentials of Faith. 6:30 PM. Building a faith-foundation with Pastor Mark. For new, seasoned and pre-believers. Attend in person, or call in: 217-866-0099. Downloads each week on the NH website.

STARTS TUESDAY. Women's Bible Study Fellowship. TUESDAYS, 9-10:30 AM (with childcare), and 6:30-8 PM. Tremendous discipleship & fellowship.

Celebrate Recovery. THURSDAYS, 6:30 PM. Freedom from hurts, hang-ups & habits. In-person in the Café.

• NH serves @ Salt & Light. FIRST SATURDAYS, 10 AM to NOON. 1819 Philo, Urbana.

• NH Prayer Chat: 217-866-0099. SUNDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 8 PM. Please call in.

• Worship Team. Vocals, instruments, tech. Contact


Thank you for your faithful giving. NH’ ministries are important for God’ Kingdom.

Online & Text Giving. Thank you for your online giving available on our website.

• General giving. September 5: $9,273 YTD July 31: $351,623. Deficit: -$19,548

Worship Attendance. September 5. In-person: 135. Digital Households: 93

TODAY'S MESSAGE: "Our Sacred Trust," from 1 Corinthians 4:1-2.

TODAY'S MESSAGE. "Our Sacred Trust"

Today's Scripture passage: 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

It's a really big deal. When God chooses us, it's an amazing honor. It's an even more spectacular when when we realize the weight of the "sacred trust" He's given us. Friends, may God light us up as we embrace and step into our high calling.

From 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 “We are servants of Jesus Christ, those who have been entrusted with the mysteries of God. And God requires those who have been given a trust to prove themselves faithful as stewards.

1. What do we learn from dissecting today’s passage?
• “Servants of Jesus Christ”

• “Entrusted with the mysteries of God”

• “Prove ourselves as faithful stewards”

2. What do we learn from the tenor of today's passage?

3. What does “stewarding our sacred trust” involve?

a. _______________ the Gospel. (1 Peter 3:15)

b. _______________ in the Gospel. (2 Timothy 2:15)

c. _______________ the Gospel.

• Deuteronomy 6:7-9

• Romans 10:14-15

• Matthew 10:7

4. What is the “reward” of faithfully stewarding the Gospel? (Psalm 126:5-6)


What’s the greatest and most rewarding responsibility you’ve every been given? In what ways did it affirm, validate and bring the best out of you?

Are you able to sense the honor and privilege of believing? How does it make you feel that God has chosen you, opened your eyes to His truth, and received you in Christ?

In what ways do you/don’t you “steward” the Gospel, God’s sacred trust? What steps might you take to grow, live and share your faith more intentionally and effectively?

NH’s Dream With Us initiative.


1. God is a dreamer. So are His kids. God poured out His Spirit that we might dream again. (Acts 2:17)

2. God has a dream—that His house might be full. When God’s dream becomes our dream, it’s a game-changer for our God-walk. (Luke 14:16-21)


1. NH thrives on dreams & visions. NH’s debt is an impediment; we walk a limp. Let’s break free of debt so we’re free to dream again. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

2. Debt is damaging. NH’s debt wearies our church and burdens our ministries. Let’s defeat debt and leave a legacy for those who follow. (Proverbs 22:7 & Romans 13:8)

3. Our debt hinders our high calling. We must defeat debt for the sake of most effectively engaging our culture with God’s truth. (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)


NH will wrap up our City on a Hill campaign by 12-21. Thanks for your generosity!

NH’s mortgage is $1.5 million. Our 11 year mortgage payment is $14,500 per month.

NH’s B.H.A.G. Goal: Let’s burn or budget NH’s mortgage by 12-22.
It’s our dream.

NH’s “Big Give Month.” SEPTEMBER, 2021. Churchwide, sacrificial giving, and every nickel goes to mortgage principal.

NH’s 2022 “5th Sunday Giving.” Two special offerings, all to mortgage principal.


1. Will you follow our Dream With Us prayer prompts through August & September?

2. Will you prayerfully consider continuing to give for our mortgage throughout?

3. Will you ask God to prompt your special giving in September, and for faith to give?

Today’s Message. "Living Large: Making an Impact with Our Lives" (Matthew 25:14-30.)

Deep in our soul is the dream of living & leaving a legacy. We want our lives to matter & make a difference. It’s God’s dream for us as well. But the recipe may surprise us…