Our Higher Power

The Greeks called it "The Altar to the Unknown God" (Acts 17:23).  The Apostle Paul discovered it on a tour that he took of Athens - one the ancient world's most impressive cities. 

At the time of Paul's visit, Athens was Greece's most important city.  It was a "spiritual" city, blending popular religion with cult practices.  Theologically, the ancient Greeks were polytheistic: recognizing a sophisticated hierarchy of gods, with Zeus being the most powerful of all the gods.

The statues and icons of those gods filled the streets of Athens. Ornate temples built in their honor graced the landscape of this important ancient city.

Paul, the first missionary to Athens, came to the city with one purpose: to introduce the Athenians to Jesus Christ.

As a culture, Greeks loved to hear new ideas; explore new philosophies and ideologies.  They were thinkers.  Plato and Socrates, studied in the Philosophy Departments of major universities to this day, were Greeks.

Thousands gathered in the amphitheater to listen to the "new thing" this missionary Paul was to articulate: a new philosophy; a new religion.

But Paul hadn't come to Athens to "philosophize" with the intellectuals.  He had come to reveal the identity of the "unknown god" they were honoring with an altar. "For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you"  (Acts 17:23). 

Many in recovery today are looking to "a higher power" to give them the power they so desperately need to achieve and maintain their sobriety: sobriety "one day at a time."

The pastors, ministry leaders, and volunteer staff of New Heart Ministries are delighted to reveal to you the identity of the "the higher power - the unknown god of the recovery world."

Jesus Christ is not "a higher power," He is "THE HIGHER POWER."

18 "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way" (Ephesians 1:18-23, NIV).

Jesus is our Higher Power.  

We would be honored to introduce Him to you.