In essential beliefs, we have unity. In non-essential beliefs, we have liberty. In all our beliefs, we show love.
At New Hope Church, this is what we believe about:
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Man is made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates man from God.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:26; 2:25; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8; 2:44, 46
+ Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father; Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
+ The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make man aware of their need for Jesus Christ. Christians should seek to be led by the Holy Spirit each day. He provides understanding of spiritual truth, guidance in doing what is right and power to be a witness.
John 14:16, 17; 15:26; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 4:31; 8:14-17
+ The Church
The Church is the body of Christ and each believer is an integral part of that body. Each believer needs to be connected in a local church for accountability, spiritual growth, ministry and fellowship.
Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-20; 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:24-25; 12:23
+ Water Baptism
Baptism in water is a public declaration that a person has died with Christ and has been raised with Him to walk in a new life. It is an outward symbol of an inward change brought about by a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:10; Acts 10:47; Romans 6:4
+ The Lord's Supper
The celebration of the Lord's Supper is a reminder of the new covenant between God and man when Jesus offered His body to be broken and His blood to be shed for each of us. Communion is a time to examine our thoughts, lives and actions not only as individuals and families but also as a church body.
Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:24-30
+ The Return of The Lord Jesus Christ
The return of Jesus Christ will be both an imminent and conclusive event for the world and mankind. While no one knows the day or the hour when He will return, the Church is instructed to be active in service and in ministry and to be ready for the triumphant return of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 5:1-11
+ The Great Commission
The Church is called to continue the ministry of Jesus by each believer doing his or her own part. We are called to be salt and light to our family, friends, neighborhood and the world.
Matthew 5:13, 28; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:1, 8; Ephesians 4:6