What We Believe
New Hope Church is an interdenominational evangelical church that meets in the Center Grove-Greenwood, IN community. Our beliefs are formed by our commitments to Jesus Christ and to his Word. We avoid taking official positions on less essential points of doctrine about which biblically committed Christians may disagree. Here are the beliefs that we do regard as essential:
We believe God is the Supreme, Eternal One who reveals himself to the human race through three distinct, but equal, Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
1. God, the Father - we believe that God is the Creator of all life, the Initiator of the divine-human relationship and the Source of perfect love.
2. Jesus Christ, the Son - we believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Upon His First Advent into human history, He came as a Humble Child, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. As such, He was both fully divine and yet fully human. Through His sinless life, death upon the cross and resurrection from the grave, He provides the only means for persons to be reunited with God. Upon His Second Advent into human history, He will come as a Victorious Lord to complete the redemption of the cosmos. Evil will be destroyed, all creation will be renewed, a new Heaven will descend, and the believer will dwell in the presence of God.
3. The Holy Spirit - we believe the Holy Spirit is the Eternal Spirit who has been active throughout time revealing God to the human race. In an individual's life, the Spirit creates a restless longing that can only be satisfied by God prevenient grace), enables the process of new birth (salvation) and indwells the believer so that one is inspired with a vision of holy living and endowed with power for daily life (sanctification).
We believe humanity is the highest expression of God's creation. Created in the image of God, men and women were designed to be with God, one another and the earth. Due to the lack of trust and disobedience (sin), humanity broke the divine human bond thus defacing the image of God within them. Since the event of Original Sin, relationships of persons to God, persons to persons, and persons to earth have been fragmented. Only as persons are reunited with God, through faith in Christ, can the process of rediscovering God's image within commence, and life's relationships be restored.
We believe the Old and New Testaments are the only written Word of God. The authority of the Scripture derives from the fact that God, through the Holy Spirit, inspired the authors, causing them to perceive God's truth and record it with accuracy. The Bible is God's written message to the world revealing God's character, calling persons to a relationship with Himself, identifying the essentials of the Christian faith, and guiding believers in aspects of daily living. We affirm the responsibility of each Christian to study the Scriptures, which leads to biblical interpretation based upon the Spirit's guidance and personal reflection.
We believe God desires for all persons to live in unbroken fellowship with Him. However, all persons experience a broken relationship with God due to sin which results in guilt and condemnation. Because God is Holy, fallen humanity cannot mend the broken relationship with God through any personal effort (sincere resolutions, humanitarian efforts, faithfulness to a church, etc.). But, because God is Love, He has provided The Way for mending humanity's separation from Himself (grace). Salvation is made available to all who put their faith in Christ, trusting in His sacrifice upon the cross (redemption). All who receive this gift of salvation experience freedom from the guilt and condemnation of sin (justification) and are born anew with a heart to follow God (regeneration).
We believe the Church consists of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior. Believers are scripturally admonished to come together in local communities of faith to provide a context for Christian nurture and empowerment. The Church provides nurturing towards Christian maturity through worship celebrations, teaching of the Scriptures, and fellowship within the community. The Church provides empowerment for Christian service through training believers and encouraging them to actively represent Christ's presence to the world by being responsive to the spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs of others.
We believe those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do, at physical death, immediately pass into God's presence and dwell with Him forever. We believe that those who do not choose to trust in Christ for salvation will, at
physical death, experience eternal separation from the presence of God.