New Hope is a congregation within the United Methodist Church and as such
we believe the following:
1. About God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
2. About Humankind
We are all made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God's creation. Although humankind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin" which separates us from God, from one another, from our true selves, and from creation.
We are all created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. The place of eternal separation from God is called Hell. Heaven is the place of eternal union and eternal life with God.
(John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41; Hell-Revelation 20:15; Heaven-Revelation 21:27)
4. About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
(Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
5. About Salvation
Salvation is a gift from God to humankind. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith.
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
6. The Assurance Of Salvation
As we depend on God's promise of salvation, we are given an inner assurance that we are children of God. There is a deep, settled peace within us that we belong to God and that nothing can separate us from His love.
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make humankind aware of our 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. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
(2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1)
8. About The Bible
The Bible is God's word for all humankind. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the primary source of the truth and guidance for Christian belief and living.