WHAT WE BELIEVE

 
 

THE SCRIPTURES:

 
 

The bible was written by men under inspiration from God. It is completely true in all that it affirms. It is the

 
  source of God's divine revelation and is the final authority for our belief and practice.  
 

 

 
 

GOD:

 
  God is the completely holy and sovereign creator and sustainer of the universe. He exists in three persons:  
  the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All three persons are co-equal and co-eternal but are distinct from  
  one another.  
     
 

MAN:

 
  God created man in His image. Out of all of creation, man is set apart as God's special image bearer which  
  gives all people inherent worth and special responsibility. Man was created to know God and worship God.  
     
 

SIN :

 
  Due to the disobedience of Adam and Eve, sin entered the world and broke God's good creation. The effects  
  of sin permeate all of creation including people. Sin separates a person from God, from their true selves and  
  from others. Because of sin, man stands guilty before God, deserves punishment, and is incapable of loving,  
  worshipping or cherishing God.  
     
 

SALVATION:

 
  The sinful state that man is in cannot be overcome by any of his own efforts. God, according to his grace,  
  offers salvation to man as a free gift that is obtained through faith in the work of Jesus on the cross. Those  
  on whom the work of Jesus is effective are born again: they are given a new heart that loves God, hates sin  
  and desires to live an obedient life.  
     
 

JESUS:

 
  Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is both fully God and fully man. Jesus lived a perfect life and died as a  
  sacrifice for the sins of the world. He rose bodily from the grave three days after being buried to display His  
  victory over sin, Satan and death. Jesus will one day return to earth and reign as king.  
     
 

HOLY SPIRIT:

 
  The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He empowers believers to live the life God has called them  
  to, inspired the scriptures, illuminates the word of God, and convicts people of sin. By the Holy Spirit  
  believers have spiritual gifts that they use to serve the local church.  
     
 

CHURCH:

 
  A church is a localized community of baptized believers committed to one another and the mission of God  
  who gather regularly with recognizable leadership, practice the two ordinances, and function as a team and  
  family.  
     
 

ORDINANCES:

 
  One of the first acts of obedience of a follower of Jesus is to be baptized. The event demonstrates the  
  person's new life in Jesus. New Hope Community Church practices baptism by immersion. Lord's Supper/  
  Communion is taken to commemorate and symbolize the work of Jesus on the cross. The bread  
  symbolizes His broken body and the wine or juice symbolizes His shed blood.  
     
 

THE KINGDOM:

 
  The kingdom of God is His rule, reign and authority. His kingdom is present in this world but not fully  
  expressed. When a person is born again, that person is transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the  
  Kingdom of God. One day, God's rule, reign and authority will be perfectly expressed "on earth as it is in  
  heaven."  
     
 

THE FAMILY:

 
  Marriage is a covenantal relationship instituted by God that is between a man and a woman and provides the  
  foundation for a family. Sexual activity is to only be practiced within a life-long, covenantal, monogamous,  
  heterosexual marriage.  
     
 

ETERNITY:

 
  Man was created to exist forever. Those who are in Christ will spend eternity on the new heavens and new  
  earth in new life under the rule and reign of the good king forever. Those who reject Jesus will experience  
  the wrath of God and spend eternity separated from God in hell.