"Our vision is to become a strong Bible-based
church. In order for this to become possible, we believe that everything
concerning the Church and being a Christian is based upon the infallible
Word of God; therefore, as the body of Christ, we feel that we must be
about the Word of God in order to grow in the Kingdom of our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ."
"It's all about His Word and the Kingdom."
We believe that the church is to follow
the teachings of the Holy Scriptures; therefore we, by choice agree with
the teachings of the Baptist Denomination. We believe that Baptism is
symbolic of Christ's death, burial and resurrection.
Our position on such matters as the inspiration of the Scriptures, the
Trinity, the ruin wrought by sin, the coming of Jesus Christ the Son of
GOD as Savior, and the future places of heaven and hell are generally
known. Some principles strongly emphasized by Baptists are as follows...
Christ is Lord
The New Testament is our rule of faith and
Salvation is a personal, individual
The church is based on personal experience
of grace and a regenerated membership.
A church is a spiritual democracy.
The ordinances are symbols of great
religious facts both historical and experiential. Here are some of the
doctrines held by Baptists that are not taught by all other
denominations. We will carefully study these with Bible in hand, since
the Scripture references alone are used to set forth each doctrine.
Christ established the church during His
ministry. He was its head and promised to bless and keep it eternally.
(Matthew 16:18, Matthew 28:20, Colossians 1:18)
The church was a local body of baptized
believers (Matthew 28:19)
Each church governed its own affairs under
the leadership of the Spirit; it received members, withdrew fellowship
from the disorderly, and restored to fellowship those who repented.
(Matthew 18:17, I Corinthians 5:11-13, Acts 15:22-23, II Thessalonians
3:6, Galatians 6:1)
To the church, Christ gave the ordinances
and the "Great Commission", and through it He is to be glorified
(Matthew 28:19-20, I Corinthians 11:23-26, Ephesians 3:20-21).
Salvation is given by GOD in grace, apart
from human works or merit (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7)
It is received by man through repentance and
faith. Repentance is absolutely necessary (Matthew 4:17, Luke 15:9, Acts
3:19). Faith is absolutely necessary (John 3:16-18, 36, acts 10:43,
Romans 5:1). This is not just assent of the mind, but must be from the
heart (Acts 8:35-37, Romans 10:9-10).
What is Godís plan of salvation? Revelation
22:17 tells us that "whosoever will" may come to Christ for salvation.
Romans 10:13 tells us, "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved". John 3:16 says, "Whosoever believeth in Him should not
perish, but have everlasting life". These passages plainly teach that
Godís plan of salvation will reach whosoever. Any plan that will not
reach "any man in any condition who calls on the Lord" is not Godís
Scriptural baptism is by immersion. The
Greek word for "baptize" means immerse and never means sprinkle or pour.
Scriptures about baptism also make immersion absolutely necessary in the
ordinance. Baptism must be in water (Mark 1:5). It requires much water
(John 3:23), going down into the water (Acts 8:38), burial in water and
resurrection from the water (Colossians 2:12), and coming up out of the
water (Acts 8:39)
Most Baptists agree that four things are
necessary for the administration of the ordinance of baptism. Any so
called baptism that does not meet these four conditions is not accepted
Proper subject: A Saved Person
Proper Authority: Church of the Lord Jesus
Proper Purpose: To Show salvation, not
Proper Mode: Immersion
Baptism sets forth the burial and
resurrection of Christ and shows the individual's salvation by death to
sin and resurrection to new life in Christ (Romans 6:4-8). It is an
illustration by figure or symbol of salvation (I Peter 3:21), or putting
on a uniform showing that we are saved (Galatians 3:27), done in
obedience to Christ's command (Matthew 28:19-20).
Baptism is not essential for salvation.
There is not one passage in the Bible that teaches that baptism is
necessary for salvation. Some passages have been wrongly interpreted to
teach it, but there is not one that really teaches it. There is no
passage which says "except ye be baptized ye shall be lost". This is
said of both repentance and faith (Luke 13:3, John 3:18). There are many
passages which plainly teach that salvation is without baptism (Acts
16:31, Romans 10:13)
In the New Testament, only believers were
baptized and believers were saved. Paul clearly teaches that baptism is
not a part of the gospel message of salvation. In I Corinthians
1:14-17). Paul also said here that he was sent to preach the gospel, not
to baptize. This plainly teaches that baptism is not part of the gospel,
but Paul taught in Romans 1:16 that the gospel is "the power of GOD unto
Every Christian should be baptized, not in
order to be saved, but because he is saved.
There is not one passage in the New
Testament that in any way teaches infant baptism either by word or
General references (Matthew 26:26-29, Mark
14:22-25, Luke 22:19-20, I Corinthians 11:17-29)
What is its purpose?: A memorial of Christ's
death (I Corinthians 11:24-26)
To whom was it given?: To the church (Acts
20"7 of "general references" above)
Who is to partake?: Church members are to
partake (Acts 2:41-42, Acts 20:7)
Christian denominations generally agree that
only the baptized should take the supper. Baptists do not accept
anything as baptism except immersion on profession of faith. Many
Baptists also believe that this should be administered by a Baptist
church. Churches that do not invite others to partake of the Supper are
thus being consistent with their convictions about baptism.
Is open communion possible? Yes. When we
look at Scripture, it must be understood that Communion is the ordinance
in which all believers show that they are a part of Christ. In 1Co 11:26
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the
Lord's death till he come. This is referring to all believers of
Jesus Christ. Keep in mind that when we read I Corinthians chapter 11,
we have to keep it in its original context. The church of God are
the people who is called out.
How often should the Lord's Supper be
observed? There is no command as to this. The scriptures simply say "as
often as ye eat". Some churches observe it yearly, some quarterly,
others more often. Here at New Hope we observe it the first Sunday of
GOD promises and gives eternal life (John
The believer has everlasting life (I John
6:47, I John 5:13)
Christians do not keep themselves (John
10:28-29, June 24:25)
The Christian is hidden with Christ in GOD
(Colossians 3:3). If the devil could get us, he would be stronger than
GOD. If he could get one of us, he could get us all.
We are born the children of GOD, and we
cannot be unborn (John 3:5)
Nothing can separate us from the love of GOD
When Christians sin, GOD chastises them and
keeps them (Galatians 6:7, Hebrews 12:6-7, Psalms 89:30-33)
Sins of Christians are not charged to them,
so they do not have to die for them (Romans 4:7-8)
Jesus Christ, the Living Word, is Godís full
revelation of Himself. The Bible is our only record of His incarnation
and atonement. Our doctrines are based on the Scriptures, not on