New Hope Christian Church is an independent non-denominational congregation who stands in the historic tradition of the Church since it began. We do not share all the beliefs of every other congregation, but we believe there is a consensus on most of the essentials of the Christian faith. This core of belief has been labeled by C. S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity." These basics of the faith center on the person of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible, and particularly in the New Testament. As a congregation, we tend to seek unity by focusing on these central truths of the Christian faith, rather than focus on areas that divide and separate Christ’s Body, the Church.
We believe in one God who created everything. We believe in his son Jesus Christ, who is in his very nature God, born of the virgin Mary. We believe he lived a sinless life, as both fully God and fully man. He was killed on a cross, dead and buried. On the third day, he was resurrected from death. We believe Jesus’ resurrection is an example of what will happen when he returns to the earth for His Church. Those who are saved by his grace through faith will rise to meet Him in the air, and be with him forever. There is no hope of salvation outside of Jesus Christ, He is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through Him.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who living in those who are baptized into Christ. We believe He gives spiritual gifts to those who are in Christ, and is active in the lives of believers. We believe He comforts, guides, and convicts the heart of sin. We also believe He makes his presence known in the midst of those who are gathered to worship the Lord.
We believe those who desire to enter into a relationship with Christ must exhibit a personal commitment to Him as Lord and Savior. Belief in God should be accompanied by a willingness to both publicly confess one’s faith and repent (turn away) from sin. There should also be a desire to live a life of obedience beginning with one’s baptism by immersion into Christ.
We believe in the authority of Scripture in both Old and New Testaments. We affirm that Scripture is true and accurate in all matters it addresses, and should be regarded as the final authority on all spiritual matters. We choose to have elders (pastors) in the local body who are responsible for the spiritual well-being of the congregation and to provide guidance for the body when needed.
In the essentials, we desire unity. In areas of opinion, we seek liberty. In all things, we pursue love. This document is designed to clarify our areas of agreement, not to be a creed requiring formal agreement. We desire to have no creed but Christ, and to use the Bible as our final rule of faith and practice.