What We Believe

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WHAT WE BELIEVE

People who attend our church come from all different experiences and backgrounds. Some come from Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist and other churches. Others come with no church or religious background at all. Suddenly, they find themselves at a United Methodist church. What does that mean? Many have identified the Methodist church by its common stereotypes, but we can assure you that the New Hope Fellowship family is not your stereotypical church. We are unique. We believe church should be fun and exciting, yet without compromising the truth of God’s Word, the Bible. We are a Christian church whose primary purpose is to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Listed below is a summary of some of our beliefs. For the more on the beliefs of the United Methodist Church please click here.

God

There is one God. He is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and one. He is perfect in His many attributes of holiness, love, power, knowledge, justice and mercy.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22  |  2 Corinthians 13:14  |  1 Peter 1:2  |  Matthew 28:19  |  Psalm 90:2

 

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is God’s Son. He is co-equal with the Father. He is both God and man. He was born of a virgin. He lived a sinless, human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of His people by dying on a cross. He died to become a substitutionary atonement for the sins of His people. 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 someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22-23  |  Romans 1:3-4  |  Hebrews 4:14-15  |  Isaiah 9:6  |  Acts 1:9-11  |  John 1:1-5; 14:10-30, 14:16-17

 

Holy Spirit   

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is the divine helper, assistant, counselor and instructor. He is present in the world to make man aware of his need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17  |  Acts 1:8  |  Ephesians 1:13; 5:18  |  John 16:7-13; 14:16-27  |  1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16  |  Galatians 5:25

 

God’s Word

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The Bible is inspired by God and is the truth without any mixture of error. It is the sole authority for life.

2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16  |  2 Peter 1:20-21  |  Psalm 119:105, 160; 12:6  |  Proverbs 30:5

 

Human Beings

Human beings are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. As the supreme object of God’s creation, we were designed for dignity. However, Adam’s sin catapulted the creation into a fallen state and plunged all his descendants into depravity. Thus, all of us are marred by rebellion and disobedience, which is called “sin,” toward God. Sin separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27  |  Psalm 8:3-6  |  Romans 3:23  |  Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2

 

Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We receive this gift through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone. Repentance means turning away from our sin and turning toward Christ. Faith means trusting in Christ alone for the remission of our sins. When we place our faith in Jesus Christ, His perfect obedience is credited to us so that God sees us as the righteousness of Christ. Every person who truly is saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ and will spend eternity in heaven, while those who die in their sins will spend eternity in Hell.

Romans 6:23  |  Titus 3:5  |  John 14:6; 1:12  |  Galatians 3:26  |  Ephesians 2:8-9  |  Romans 5:1

 

Eternal Security

God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ. If you have made a genuine commitment of faith in Jesus, you cannot lose your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. God’s grace and power enable us to persevere in faith until the end.

John 10:29  |  Ephesians 2:1-10  |  1 Peter 1:3-5  |  Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14  |  2 Timothy 1:12

 

Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16  |  Romans 6:23  |  Revelation 20:15

 

Sacraments of the Church

Baptism

We believe baptism is an ocular demonstration of God’s inward renewal in the life of the believer; in baptism our names are changed. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit we are placed under the authority of God’s power and protection. It is the symbol of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection to a new life. It is a prerequisite to the privileges of the church in relation to the Lord’s Supper. Jesus Christ took bread and wine established them as the imperishable symbols of the church. We believe that persons of any age can be baptized. We conduct baptismal ceremonies by immersion, sprinkling, or pouring.

Mark 1:9-11  |  Matthew 28:18-20  |  Mark 16:15-16 Acts 8:12  |  Matthew 3:13-17  |  Colossians 2:12

 

Communion

The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the church. It was instituted when the Lord had the Passover meal before His crucifixion. We observe the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s atonement for our sins. It is a proclamation of His death and an assurance of His second coming. We ask only those who have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ to participate in the Lord’s Supper. The elements of bread and grape juice are used as symbols of Christ’s body that was broken and His blood that was shed for the remission of our sins. We practice “open Communion” welcoming all those who love Christ, repent of their sins, and seek to live in peace with one another.
1 Corinthians 1:21-32  |  1 Corinthians 5:11-13  |  Matthew 26:29