1. Salvation Is ONLY through confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Salvation is the condition of being forgiven of one’s sins.
We believe we are justified (declared righteous under the blood of Jesus) when we repent of our sins and believe in Jesus Christ. It’s not the end of your life as a Christian; it’s the beginning! Men, women and children who are saved express their love for God by serving Him, telling others about Him and worshipping Him – thanking Him for who He is and what He has done. Church services involve many ways of worshipping God – through music, the sharing of His Word, fellowship with others and financially supporting His work. A true worship service isn’t about any individual; it’s about God. (Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9-10; John 14:6)
2. God there is only one living and true God, Creator of the world we live in. He controls what happens with His creation, sovereign.
He is eternal, meaning that He has always existed and always will. And He exists in three forms, all at the same time – God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:2, 27; Matthew 28:19; I John 5:7)
3. Jesus is the only Son of God the Father.
He came to this Earth in human form more than 2,000 years ago, conceived of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life and was crucified, died a sacrificial death for every sin that mankind had committed to that point and would commit afterward. He then rose from the dead and resides in Heaven, at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor. (Luke 1:26-33; Hebrews 7:25)
4. Holy Spirit is the (person) presence of God here and today, as described in chapter 2 of the New Testament book of Acts.
Becoming a more mature Christian involves allowing the Holy Spirit to take control over every aspect of your life. It’s a long and difficult process – in fact, it never ends! – Because even after we’re saved, we retain our sinful nature. When we become more familiar with the Holy Spirit, He provides us with power for living, understanding of God’s ways, courage to share His love with others and guidance to live right.(1 Cor. 12:3; John 7:39; Eph. 4:30; 1 Th.4:8)
5. Baptism in the Holy Spirit or “Holy Ghost” baptism speaking in tongues is the initial evidence of this experience.
At New Hope you’ll commonly hear member’s speaking in tongues, a means of communication with God that doesn’t use any humanly recognizable language. Speaking in tongues is not a spiritual badge of honor, indicating some level of Christian maturity that those who don’t do it don’t have (we’re sorry if you’ve ever had it presented to you that way). It does permit those who practice it a dimension to their relationship with God they didn’t have before. (Acts 2:4; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:6)
6. Supernatural Gifts of the Holy Ghost
We celebrate and believe in the operation of the nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit. We desire the manifestations of these gifts in all of our services and encourage people to live so that these gifts may be evident in their lives. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
7. Divine Healing for the Soul (mental & emotional) and Body (physical) was paid for by Jesus in the Atonement.
(Death on the Cross) (Acts 3:2-12; Acts 5:15, 16; James 5:14 1 Peter 2:24)
8. Freedom of worship with every form of expression being done in decency and in order, not drawing attention to oneself.
We define order in our services as following the anointingof the Holy Spirit through the direction or our Pastoral leadership. (1 Corinthians 14:33, 40)
9. Bible is God’s Word for His people.
It was written over the course of centuries by human authors under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is inspired (meaning it reflects God’s heart for how we should live and not the opinions of the human authors) and inerrant (meaning that it is absolutely true in all respects). The Bible is the Christian’s rule book, and our challenge is to obey it fully, rather than to selectively obey only the parts we agree with or understand. The Bible is God’s standard, and we experience more success in our spiritual lives as we conform our lives to its teachings. There are many translations of the Bible available, but you can find His heart and His directions for us in any of them. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21)
10. Water Baptism is a sacrament, to demonstrate that an individual life has been transformed by salvation through Jesus Christ.
It is not a substitute for salvation, but a public recognition that salvation has transformed an individual life. At New Hope we believe baptism can only be made by a man, woman or child with the capability of understanding what salvation means. There is nothing wrong with dedicating an infant or young child to God, but it doesn’t take the place of that child’s eventual need to make his or her own decision for Jesus Christ.(Matthew 3:11; Matthew 28:18-19; John 14:6)
11. Communion is a sacrament remembering the sacrificial death and promised return of Jesus Christ.
There are many different ways to observe communion, but each way is modeled on a ceremony Jesus led His disciples in the day before His death, and uses bread or wafers and juice (1 Corinthians 11:24-26)
12. Blessed Hope is the Second Coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Rapture of the church, the Great “catching Away” of the Saints (Acts 1:10, 11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 1:7)
13. Eternal life is promised to all of us.
We are not earthly beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having an earthly experience! We have two possible destinations when our lives on Earth end: Heaven and Hell. The difference between destinations doesn’t depend on whether you were a “good person” or a “bad person;” it depends on whether or not you have asked Jesus Christ to accept the penalty for your sins. If you have, you are as sure to live forever in Heaven as if you were there right now! We believe those who die outside of Christ will be punished in an eternal Hell, but those who die “in Him” shall share in His glory in Heaven forever. (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; John 5:29; Jude 1:7)
14. Sacredness of marriage between one man and one woman and family commitment.
We promote strong family values. (Ephesians 5:31-33; Ephesians 6:1-4; Hebrews 13:4; Matthew 19:5 Leviticus 18:22; Genesis 2:24)
15. Sanctification is a subsequent work of salvation.
Christ prayed earnestly to the Father for the Holy Spirit to be given to His people, which is synonymous with sanctification. Sanctification is a consecrating to the new life and a dying out to our self-life. Also, an eradication of our sinful nature is brought about by the infilling of the Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 7:1)Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.(1 Thessalonians 4:4, 2 Timothy 2:20-21)
16. Worldliness we believe God has chosen His people to abstain from all worldliness and lustful desires.
As people of God, we are to have victory over the sinful things of this world! (1 Cor. 6:17)Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” (I John 2:15-17) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abide forever.
17. Tithing is God's command for his people to give for his work thru local congregations.
A tithe is 10% of one’s gross income. Offerings are financial gifts ABOVE the tithe and can be given as "free will" (Malachi 3:8-12)