What We Believe
1. WHAT IS OUR MISSION?
A mission drives everything a person or organization does. Primarily, businesses are driven by profit. Some people are driven by the desire to accumulate wealth while others may be driven by image, success, or acceptance. Jesus had a clear mission. Jesus came to "seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10 ). In Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT), Jesus passed this mission on to His church:
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
At New Hope , we have taken this mission and made it the driving force behind all we do. We've summarized this mission into this simple statement:
New Hope exists to enable people to become obedient followers of Jesus Christ.
2. WHAT ARE OUR CORE BELIEFS?
GOD THE FATHER - God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God's saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God's saving grace - not human effort - and must be received personally by repentance and faith.
God created us for His glory.
God desires an intimate relationship with each one of us.
JESUS CHRIST - Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplishes salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between God and us. He will return to earth to consummate history.
Jesus left His eternal dwelling with the Father and dwelt among us.
Jesus lived a sinless life.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
Jesus rose from the dead and will return to earth to gather His children and judge the world.
THE HOLY SPIRIT - The Holy Spirit draws sinners to Christ and equips believers for personal growth and service to the church. The church's role is to glorify God and serve those in need. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Those forgiven through Christ will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.
The Holy Spirit draws sinners to Christ.
The Holy Spirit indwells each believer empowering Christ-like lives.
The Holy Spirit empowers each believer for ministry through spiritual gifts.
SALVATION - We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential, and that repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only way to come into a relationship with God.
BIBLE IS OUR SOLE AUTHORITY - "The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right." 2 Timothy 3:16 (LB)
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, which is uniquely God-inspired, without error, and the final authority on all matters on which it bears. Since God's Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is "What does the Bible say?" We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization.The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
AUTONOMY OF EACH LOCAL CHURCH - "He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body's life." Colossians 1:18 (TEV)
Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control.
PRIESTHOOD OF EVERY BELIEVER - "He loves us, and by his death he has freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God." Revelation 1:5b and 6a (TEV)
"But you, the King's priests, God's own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God." 1 Peter 2:9 (TEV)
Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading. The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to "full time" Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation.
TITHING - "A tithe of everything from the land belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord." Leviticus 27:30
At New Hope , we practice tithing for the support of Christ's Body, the church, as God commands. We believe that giving ten percent (10%) of our income is a Biblical place to start with our giving. Ultimately, we should give even more freely out of the joy of our hearts and the abundance of our blessings.