What We Believe
Here at New Hope we affirm The Baptist Faith and Message, the confession of faith of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). For a full explanation you can go to http://www.sbc.net/bfm/.
Listed below are our basic, essential, beliefs:
We Believe that there is one God, manifested in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14
We Believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, was born of a virgin, is wholly God and wholly man, lived a sinless life, died as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, arose from the grave and ascended into Heaven.
John 1:14; 3:16; Matthew 4; Luke 4; Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21
We Believe in the literal, bodily return of Jesus Christ to earth.
We Believe that the Bible is the Word of God without any error, the sole authority for life.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
We Believe that man is a special creation of God, made in His image.
We Believe that mankind fell through the sin of the first man, Adam, and that all men are sinners in need of salvation.
Genesis 3:15; Romans 5:12-15
We Believe that salvation is a gift of grace from God, received through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:23 ; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12
We Believe that every person who truly is saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ.
John 10:28-30; Ephesians 1:13-14; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14
We Believe that those persons who die without faith in Jesus Christ spend eternity in Hell and those persons who die with their sins forgiven, through faith in Christ, spend eternity in Heaven.
Revelation 20:14-15; John 3:16
We Believe that water baptism is in obedience to the command of Christ and is by immersion after salvation.
We Believe that the local church is the local body of baptized believers with the Lord Jesus Christ as the head.
We Believe that each believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible, God's Word.
1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 10:19-26
We Believe in the separation of church and state, but not in the separation of God and government.
1 Peter 2:13-17