Statement of Faith

New Hope Christian Center

Statement of Faith

statementof-faith

SECTION 1 – The programs and activities governing the form of worship of New Hope Christian Center shall be based upon and at all times consistent with the following creeds and beliefs:

THE SCRIPTURES – The bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of the Holy Men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. (II Timothy 3:16, I Thessalonians 2:13, II Peter 1:21)

THE GODHEAD – Our God is One, but manifested as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal. (Philippians 2:6) God the Father is greater than all, the Source of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter. (John 14:28, John 16:28, John 1:14) The Son is the Word made flesh, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the Beginning. (John 1:1, John 1:18, John 1:14) The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal. (John 15:26)

MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION – Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”; “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God. (Romans 3:10,23, 5:12, I John 3:8)

ETERNAL LIFE AND NEW BIRTH – Man’s first step toward salvation is Godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The new birth is necessary for all men, and when fulfilled produces eternal life. (II Corinthians 7:10, I John 5:12, John 3:3-5)

WATER BAPTISM – Baptism in water is by immersion and is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, Acts 8:36-39)

The following Water Baptismal Formula is adopted, to wit:

 “On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and the confidence you have that God has raised Him from the dead, I baptize you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST – The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and Fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to those who are believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance. (Matthew 3:11, John 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 2:38-39, 19:1-7)

SANCTIFICATION – The bible teaches that without Holiness no man shall see the Lord. We believe in the doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of Salvation. (Hebrews 12:14, I Thessalonians 5:23, II Peter 3:18, II Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 3:12-14, I Corinthians 1:30)

DIVINE HEALING – Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, by laying on of hands, and by speaking the Word. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and it is the privilege of every member of the church today. (Mark 16:18, James 5:14-20, I Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:4-5)

RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD – The Angels said, “This same Jesus shall so come in like manner.” His coming is imminent. When He comes, “The dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.” (Acts 1:11, I Thessalonians 4:16,17) Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and together with His Saints, who shall be Kings and Priests, He shall reign a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)

HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION – The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and brimstone; therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or for repentance. The lake of fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in noting the duration of joy and ecstasy of the saints in the presence of God. (Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 19:20)

“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” . . . . Psalms 35:27